Nvidia Kai project will bring affordable quad-core smartphone by end-year

Nvidia Kai project will bring affordable quad-core smartphone by end-year
The Nexus 7 tablet is an amazing value for the money - it’s got a quad-core Tegra 3 chip, a 7-inch high-res screen, 8 gigs of flash memory in the basic version, a gig of RAM... and it costs $200. How is that even possible, you might wonder, and truth is that Google is selling the Asus-made tablet for virtually no profit, but even if it was a bit more expensive, it’s still a much better deal than all the smartphones with similar specs.

Why the huge gap? Smartphones come with smaller and cheaper screens, and all the other internals are similar in the current cream of the crop devices, but they cost three to four times more than the Nexus 7 tablets.

This will soon end, though, as the Nvidia Kai project, the same one that brought us the Nexus 7 tablet, arrives on smartphones by the end of the year. The initial target of the Kai platform were tablets, but now that it’s conquered this space, Nvidia turns the project to bring affordable quad-core processors to smartphones.

Good news is that the first affordable Tegra 3 devices will start appearing by the end of this year. Unnamed Chinese companies will be the first to make those devices, and we honestly hope they make it outside of China, but for the moment we have no clarity on that. Time will tell, but it’s a huge promise we can only keep our fingers crossed for.

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1. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012


2. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

About damn time

3. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Well, if they can bring a Nexus 7 like Nexus 4 or something at a similar $199 price tag, or even $249, then I'm game man!

4. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Tegra 3/Exynos > Snapdragon... anyday... anytime...

5. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

In china phones first? oh great isnt that apples foxcon plant. I hope the iphone5 doesnt have a quad core or its gonna upset me cause i just purchased a galaxy s3 on americas verizon and its dual core. I really wanted a quad core phone and i thought it was when I ordered it but no its just a dual. I dont like apple anyways and if they make a phone that spanks the s3 im gonna burst!

6. Nonono

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

lmao u bought a s3 without knowing its a dual core? Try researching your purchases a little better, thats why ifans go with apple everytime becuase they dont know what other (better) phones are out there. And dont worry the iphone wont have a quad core... US wont have quad core phones until next year

7. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

the smartphone has lead to a premise where they can also charge a higher dollar amount for it. Granted that is not without its own failings but it is the reality of the age we live in. We basically pay more for the most cutting edge devices. The thing is that at times its really unfounded when you calculate the device itself. But as we know that with carriers trying to make a buck and manufacturers trying to make a buck, and who knows who else, lower priced smartphones that are powerful just might be a dream. Good thing about this tech though is it make the cheaper more powerful and that is a good thing. But it could also make the more expensive even more primium for a higher price.

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