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Quad-core smartphones to ship this quarter says NVIDIA's CEO

Quad-core smartphones to ship this quarter says NVIDIA's CEO
It is no surprise that quad-core powered smartphones are going to be on display in a few weeks at MWC 2012 in Barcelona. What might be a surprise is that some of these devices will be ready to get shipped no later than a month after the show ends, at least according to NVIDIA. The chip manufacturer's CEO, said on Wednesday that smartphones powered by Quad-core Tegra 3 processors will be shipped sometime this quarter, which ends when March does.

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang

Huang was speaking during the company's latest conference call following its earnings report. The company reported Q4 profit down 32% from last year due to a shortage of disk drives. While that still beat expectations from Wall Street, NVIDIA also said that Tegra shippments, which rose 50% sequentially in the fourth quarter, will drop 4% from that figure in the company's first quarter. But that is only news for investors. Smartphone fanatics would be more interested in what Huang said during the conference call. "This quarter we are expecting to ship Tegra 3 based superphones," Huang said. "At Mobile World Congress is when we expect to announce these devices, and we expect to announce and ship them this quarter. "HTC is expected to show off its Quad-core, Tegra 3 powered HTC Endeavor at an event on February 26th, the day before the start of MWC.

In other news that could change the thickness of  future smartphones, NVIDIA said that its  3G/4G LTE SOC will be arriving later this year. By combining what traditionally has been separate 3G and LTE chips, NVIDIA could allow manufacturers to design thinner and lighter smartphones.

source: TheVerge via AndroidGuys

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posted on 16 Feb 2012, 14:54 8

1. HGMIV (Posts: 49; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Mobile Crysis, anyone?

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 17:15

18. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Original crysis... yes... Crysis 2... not so much

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 14:56 11

2. imkyle (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Graphics wise the Nvidia Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 are fantastic, but I gotta give my love to the Exynos processor. Very curious to see the next generation in the Galaxy S III :)

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 16:10 3

13. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Nvidia might have quad cores (and unfortunately based on the old A9 architecture) in phones this quarter and will probably beat Samsung to market, but what they won't have is superior hardware backing up the extra speed - eg Super Amoled HD screens, etc..

I remember when all the hype was about over the Tegra II in the Motorola Atrix (the best phone of CES.. WTF?), I jumped and bought one, only to be massively underwhelmed by it both by screen and poor CPU performance. Rubbing salt into the wounds, a few months later, Samsung released the SGSII which was far superior.

So, learning from the mistakes of 2011, I think I'll wait for Samsung to release their Exynos Quad core phones based on the A15 architecture. In the mean time, theres nothing wrong with my Galaxy Nexus :-) :-)

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 17:22 1

19. imkyle (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Galaxy Nexus is a great phone. The screen is gorgeous.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 18:59 4

24. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Im not sure what you mean, my photon can play any game and run any app the SGS2 can with out issues. Moto blur is not all that but as far as performance goes, My Photon does great with the 2 main categories I bought it for, games and apps.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 14:59 1

3. Jphones (Posts: 233; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Hell yeah love technology always somethin new to talk about. Quad core phones should be lightning quit. An hopefully we some advances in battery technology so our phones don't need so much recharging. Ha we need Duracell and Energizer to enter the Mobile phone sector.lol

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 15:04 7

4. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


wow... look at how far these devices have advanced man. Its incredible. i stil remember not too long ago thing my Motorola RAZR was amazing. Hell i even had a Nokia N-Gage. 1GHZ processors in phones came around. Then dual Core. then Quad Core. Its so crazy!!!

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 15:14 2

6. Jphones (Posts: 233; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Ha yeah crazy we came from pagers to quad core smart phones in a little over 15yrs. Ha well that's a lifetime in technological years. What kinda crazy technologies await us in the future?

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 15:12 3

5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


my lunch money says that the lg x3 is going to be released before the HTC endeavor

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 15:19 4

7. Jphones (Posts: 233; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Yeah we'll see but LG got a lot of makin up to do haven't really liked any of there smart phones so far. An HTC Sense best skin I've seen on an android phone.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 15:24 3

8. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


totally your opinion.

fact is lg is usually the first smartphone maker to release the latest technology. first touchscreen, first dual-core, first 3d, first display w. 700+ nits, first hd screen, first hsdpa+/lte phone. its only natural they release the first quad core.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 16:41

14. buggerrer (Posts: 283; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


be smart dude, they not making it first, they just announce it first, 'cuz they have there keynote first! thats all !!

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 17:02

17. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Like I said below I go by international manufacturer release dates. And by those dates lg has all the firsts I listed. I didn't use announcement dates I use release dates.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 18:17 2

23. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


*cough* Evo 3D was better and came out sooner*cough**cough*

Does anyone have any cough drops?

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 20:19 1

26. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


no, the optimus 3d was released june 17 2011, the evo 3d was released june 24 2011. i never said lg makes better products i said that they release the newest technology first. and they do.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 19:14

25. gkquiambao (Posts: 62; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Yeah they release first. But all their products suck. Like the Optimus 2X. Its a piece of crap. The same goes with Optimus 3D. I kinda like the Optimus Black though.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 18:15 1

22. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Sooner doesn't mean better, especially when we're talking about LG and in such short of a time. Great spec sheets, terrible in real life. Its sad because I like LG too

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 20:20 2

27. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


i never said that sooner meant better...

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 15:36

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5529; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I am still waiting to see how quad-core smartphones start to ship by March 31st (end of current quarter). Unless quad-core handsets are racked and stacked ready to go (and I would have expected at least one or two leaks to that effect by now), it ain't a-happening. At least not in the U.S.

Apple might be in position to ship a quad-core (A6) iPad by the end of March, but that is not a certainty given the Proview kerfuffle. And the iPad is not exactly a smartphone, either.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 16:57

15. HGMIV (Posts: 49; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


The quad-core iPad isn't even confirmed yet, I thought?

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 16:59

16. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)


Probably out in the US by Q4...

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 15:37

10. bikerbill12 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Maybe so but not I. The states . Its all motorola . First dual core HTC was first lte . And HD display .

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 15:41 1

11. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


well believe it or not most phones arent made in the states. the united states releases depend on the carrier not the manufacturer. that is why i measure who was first by the international manufacturer release date, not whenever US carriers decide to release those phones.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 16:07 1

12. PAPINYC (Posts: 2183; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


'Quad-core'??

Is that another way to say iPhone 4§?

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 17:36 1

20. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


iphone will prob end up only having quad core in 2013

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 17:58 2

21. PAPINYC (Posts: 2183; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


My money is on 2016.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 22:02

28. nickjjay (Posts: 79; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Thanks, Alan for posting this article. I'm am so excited about this processor comming to phones.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 22:06

29. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I will just ride out on my Photon until my next upgrade , which happens to be in June 2013. As long as ICS brings the major improvements, I will stick with it. Just can't afford to buy any more phones of contract.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 14:05 1

30. squeeb (Posts: 99; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


But you rob banks...no spare cash floating around?

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