The roadmap for Nvidia Tegra 4 has been leaked and from we gather the first generation of Nvidia’s next generation SoC will hit markets only in the first quarter of 2013. VR Zone which published the story initially also reveals another nugget that suggests there will also be a LTE version of the Tegra 3, but that model will only come in Q3 of 2013. More →
Asus today took the covers off its Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android tablet in India. Running on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and featuring a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel IPS display, the Transformer Prime is the successor to the Transformer TF101 that ran on an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor. Other specs include 1GB RAM, 32/64GB ROM, 8.0 MP rear and 1.2 MP front cameras and up to 12 hours of battery. The Transformer Prime comes with an optional docking station that gives an additional 6 hours of battery and a large, comfortable chicklet keyboard. Having said that, Asus has just introduced the updated versions of the Transformer series at MWC, the Transformer Infinity and Transformer Pad 300, which should be available in the near future. The Transformer Prime is priced at Rs 49,999. More →
As MWC approaches, the lime light will be hogged by the slew of NVIDIA Tegra 3 devices, however one should never underestimate the omnipresence of a dark horse – the Texas Instruments OMAP 5 – which unlike the Tegra 3 will be based on ARMs latest Cortex A15 design and the SoC will be built on 28nm production platform. Right off the bat, the Tegra 3 and its quad-core processor have garnered a lot of press, however one should keep in mind it is still using the current generation ARM Cortex A9 platform rather than the A15, which we have seen before in the Qualcomm Krait and also the Texas Instruments OMAP 5. Today, Texas Instruments have posted a video of the OMAP 5, which supposedly runs on an Android 4.0 device. In the video there is a direct shoot out between the OMAP 5, which runs a dual core processor at an unknown clock speed, and a tablet running a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor. Of course TI will not specify the name of the competing chipset, but clearly the device is an Asus Transformer Prime, which runs an NVIDIA Tegra 3. More →
Yesterday HTC teased us with this picture hinting "you will discover something fast on Sunday." We could not figure out what number '5' meant in the picture then but thanks to the folks at NVIDIA, we can now confirm it is indeed a smartphone running on a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Hola, HTC One X! NVIDIA today announced it is changing the trademarking name of its variable symmetric multiprocessing architecture, which it called "ninja core" or "companion core" to "4-Plus-1" quad-core architecture. Basically, NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor has four regular cores and one lower-power and battery-saver core for less resource hungry tasks. And guess what 4-Plus-One equals to? Yup, that same number on HTC's teaser image!
LG is likely to debut its first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone running on a quad-core processor at next month's Mobile World Congress. PocketNow has snagged a photograph of what it claims to be the LG X3 running on nVidia's Tegra 3 chipset. Other speculated specifications include a 4.7-inch 1280x720 pixel display, 8.0 MP rear and 1.3 MP front cameras, NFC capabilties, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, HSPA (21 Mbps downlink) and a 2000 mAh battery. All this goodness is apparently crammed into a sub-9 mm chassis. HTC and Samsung are also expected to launch their quad-core processor equipped Android smartphones at next month's show. Read
If rumors are to be believed, HTC Edge could be the world's first smartphone to feature a quad-core processor. According to Pocketnow, this HTC beast will be based on NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor, the same Kal-El processor which the company showed off in a 'Glowball' demo video a few months ago. The device will supposedly feature a gigantic 4.7-inch 720p HD display, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera with f/2.2 lens, internal memory could be bumped to 32GB and should be over 10 mm thick. Though it is going to be an Android device but no specific version has been mentioned. It is fairly likely that the Taiwanese handset maker will showcase it next year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona starting February 27. Read