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First Tegra 4 smartphones and tablets will launch in August at the earliest

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First Tegra 4 smartphones and tablets will launch in August at the earliest
NVIDIA's latest generation mobile SoC, the Tegra 4, was unveiled about a month ago at CES 2013. We even saw several devices powered by it, including a 10-inch tablet by Vizio and NVIDIA's very own Project Shield gaming console. That doesn't mean, however, that we'll see any Tegra 4-equipped smartphones or tablets on the market anytime soon. In fact, it will take months for NVIDIA to start shipping the chip to interested manufacturers, which isn't good news.

During a conference call, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stated that the Tegra 4 SoC is expected to start shipping in July. Therefore, commercial products, such as smartphones or tablets powered by the new quad-core chip, won't be on the market earlier than August of 2013. The company's portable Shield console should be out even later – in September of this year.

By that time, the next generation of mobile SoCs by Qualcomm, which are supposedly faster than the Tegra 4, may already be on the market. The Snapdragon 600 is scheduled to be commercially available in Q2 of 2013, while the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 800, with its quad-core Krait 400 CPU running at up to 2.3GHz and Adreno 330 graphics will follow soon after. Samsung's newest Exynos chips should be out as well. The rumored Samsung Galaxy S IV, for example, which is expected to be powered by the next-gen silicon, may be unveiled as early as next month.

All of this does not bode well for the future of NVIDIA as a player on the mobile SoC arena. Being late to the market with a next-gen quad-core offering will surely have an impact on its sales figures, especially when its competitor – Qualcomm, has already partnered up with a huge chunk of the major manufacturers. NVIDIA, on the other hand, is said to be having a hard time finding companies willing to embrace the Tegra 4, and further delays to launch the chip in a timely manner might lead to catastrophic results.

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posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:54 7

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5632; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Kinda late are we nvidia? 1st half of this year every company is using qualcomm quad core chips

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:26 2

5. nikenturd (unregistered)


Probably because they berate their product so high but ending up getting embarrassed by Qualcomm and Exynos. funny how the Tegra 4 became the world's fastest mobile CPU only to get squashed by Qualcomm several days after, lol

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 17:52

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5632; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


My atrix have the tegra 2. was hoping for the tegra 4 earlier this year so can play my games too the fullest of nvidia graphics

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 14:14

14. Dr.Phil (Posts: 818; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


True but the Tegra 4 also is moreso going to compete with the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series which will also be released in the second half of this year. It will also be going up against the Exynos Octa processor. I'm not saying that the Tegra 4 is as good of a performer as those two processors (it's still too early to tell), but nVidia imagines themselves competing with the 600/800 as well as the Exynos Octa.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:01

18. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Tegera is way bad off. They have been coming out with there new chip at the beginning of each yea and way befor the competitors. That was the only reason they got huge market share because although slower than the rest they came out with it first by up to six mnthes. They needed to skip the tegera 4 and go strait to the 5 in a way it's gona maybe have to go for mid range market.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:54 2

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


"All of this does not bode well for the future of NVIDIA as a player on the mobile SoC arena. Being late to the market with a next-gen quad-core offering will surely have an impact on its sales figures, especially when its competitor – Qualcomm"

umm no, who wants crapdragon anyway? I rather take unknown Chinese chip instead...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:00 7

3. baza58 (Posts: 19; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


I used to don't like Snapdragons but from S4 they are really good processors.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:43

16. JC557 (Posts: 699; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Snapdragons are pretty good processors prior to the 4. The one found in the Droid Incredible was nice and fast while the 2nd and 3rd gen are pretty efficient compared to OMAP especially when it comes to stand-by.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:40

10. rdeleonp (Posts: 42; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)


Trolling much?

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 13:17

12. jove39 (Posts: 1204; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


may be you are only one to hate snapdragon!

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:22 2

4. nikenturd (unregistered)


Presenting bronze medalist Nvidia'....hurrray

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:41 3

6. jove39 (Posts: 1204; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Nvidia...used to be first in market earlier...with dual and quad core soc...but this time...qualcomm will take over.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:17 1

7. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


a chip manufacturing company which is SLOW.............LOL

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:44

8. Taters (Posts: 2349; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Looks like the M7 uses a S4 pro for sure. Talk about fail.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:09

9. JWS65 (Posts: 32; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Now that TI OMAP is pretty much gone from mobile, this essentially leaves Qualcomm as the only major mobile chip supplier this year, at least for the firs half. Samsung has kept their Exynos line reserved for their own flagship devices, but they might start mobile chip business too.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:58

11. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


Snapdragon 800 and 600 not 400. fix the article.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 14:05

13. pfroo40 (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


With Tegra 2 and Tegra 2 Nvidia made it to market a little ahead of the curve, but was quickly eclipsed by dual/quad cores from Samsung and Qualcomm. Now, they're not even ahead of the curve for release time and are already behind in performance...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 14:16

15. pfroo40 (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


That was meant to be Tegra 3 for the second one...

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