NVIDIA shows Tegra 4i reference design 'brand' phone, Tegra 4i retail phones coming in Q1 2014

NVIDIA shows Tegra 4i reference design 'brand' phone, Tegra 4i retail phones coming in Q1 2014
The Nvidia Tegra 4i chip promises unmatched graphical performance in smartphones and on-chip LTE, and while we are still waiting for the first commercial devices with it to come in the beginning of 2014, Nvidia is showing a working reference design phone right now.

The Tegra 4i Phoenix reference design is a very slim device measuring 7.9mm thin. Its width is 72mm and height is 138mm.

The handset carries the name ‘brand’ on the back, which will be replaced by manufacturers names in actual retail devices. It’s got a 4.8-inch 720p screen and a 13-megapixel camera, and the Tegra 4i is paired to 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM. The ‘brand’ phone comes in three models with 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

Best of all the Nvidia Tegra 4i ‘brand’ phone will cost less than today’s flagships coming in at around $300 to $400 without a carrier subsidy, and there will be an even cheaper Tegra 4i phones going as low as $200.

source: AnandTech

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33 Comments

1. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Certainly will be a good processor for mid-range devices, but Nvidia must release at Q1 and not later like they did with Tegra 4 that until now isn't on the market..

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Looks very high quality!

3. FlushGordon unregistered

LOL at the price point Somehow I'm beginning to sense that the Tegra 4i is just right on par with MEDIATEK

27. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

On par with MEDIATEK? Haha, tegra 4i is build on r4 A9 architecture which should improve performance from A9 with 15% and pair that with 2.3 GHz(NVIDIA said that tegra 4i should run at this frequency) and you will have more power than Snapdragon 600 on 1.7 GHz, and possibly more battery efficient. This tegra 4i should be perfect for mid-range to almost high-end phones. And you get almost tegra 4 GPU power which is highest among mobile devices.

4. FlushGordon unregistered

Nvidia can't compete with Qualcom and Samsung, no matter how you look at it. They are the back markers of the mobile cpu race ALWAYS Late ALWAYS Last

7. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Well, refering to your "ALWAYS LATE" may i need to remind you that they were the first ones to out a dual core processor and a quad core processor? This right here just proves you are a hater. Peace.

11. FlushGordon unregistered

I'm not a hater Just being real I don't see them eclipsing either Exynos, Qualcom or Intel Now that iNtel has gained grounds, it is really hard for Nvidia to catch up now...they need to give it up

18. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Yeah, they were the with quad. But we're talking about a 45 nm chip, that wasn't used on any phone released in the states that I'm aware of. Not hating. Just wish they would step their game up. 4 instance, Qualcom used 2 suck. But as of late they have some of the best mobile processors on the market

10. Fade.

Posts: 12; Member since: May 27, 2013

Well I agree at they are too slow. But this is their cheaper processor with less power that has around same or better performance than snapdragon S4 pro. On the other hand the real tegra 4 has way better performance than S600 orSamsungs Octa. I have seen Tegra 4 benchmarks in some sites and it scores around 37 000 in antu tu and around 20 000 in quadrant... But they are indeed always abit too late to get theirproduct on the market.

14. FlushGordon unregistered

You're too NAIVE to even believe the 37,000 score from a reference tablet was real... it's JUST a reference tablet...nothing to do with the actual mass production model

6. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

too late, A12 cores would have come out by then, much faster and more efficient than A9 cores, and probably, of the same price I wonder why nVidia is even trying, probably swapping A9 cores with A12s and making the GPU better, while keeping the same price, would make it a good SoC

25. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

The Tegra 4i still uses the 28nm process which places it closer to the equivalent of an A15...JS....

30. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

LOL, A9 can't even be close to A15, even on 28nm, they are completely different architectures

9. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Am i missing something here? A phone with a tegra 4 chip that can handle resolutions of upto 4K, but the phone only has a 720p screen?

16. Sirius

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 11, 2013

If there's really a version around $200,then it's woth considering...

19. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Nvidia is too late...do they even remember T4i has A9 cores and...in 2014...at launch...their device will run 2012 technology :(

24. hisaak

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

Well, it's 2013 and I'm pretty sure that most of the phones sold have A8 or even older chips inside. Of course, while reading all news about SG4 or HTC One you can think that these phones are mainstream, but they are not. For an average smartphone, A9 is very good choice and I guess this will hold true for the next year as well. Again, I don't talk about high-end.

28. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You mean A7 not A8!!! ARM has already released A12...next gen core to replace A9...If they have to sell device in 2014 then it should be A12...just saying!

20. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Why not fhd 5" display, ir blaster, fm radio, front stereo speakers, sd slot, removable batt and minimize the top and bottom bezel to make it compact size and to compete to those high end handset line up!?

26. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Dude, its like 300 dollars...A phone with those specs you listed would retail for at least 500.

33. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Yeah, you're right! They just starting. Those specs is for mid to high end phone.

21. metal

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

I would buy an evga version

22. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

And name it "nvidia 4i" than brand. "Even it is late if it's good, it can still to compete".

23. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

$300? I might pick up one to play with :D who can resist the its process power

29. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Where and why not the Tegra4™ T4i is @ Fail®

32. FlushGordon unregistered

You can't stuff a Tegra 4 inside smartphones, they are too power-hungry

31. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Rebranded?

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