I wanted to write about NVidia Tegra 4 mobile processor for some time and I thought this is the perfect time. According to rumors and a leak on a chinese web site padbbs.zol.com.cn, NVidia has been working on its own 7″ Tablet powered by its own 1.8 GHz Tegra mobile CPU. There is even some preliminary AnTuTu scores for the NVidia TegraTAB. Clocking in at 1810 MHz and running Android 4.2.2, the TegraTAB scored a very decent 27,643 points.
Despite the impressive performance of the Tegra 4, the mobile processor is no longer considered the growth driver for NVidia. NVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang expressed disappointment with its Tegra line. Revenue for Tegra is down between $100 million to $300 million for the second quarter. Sales for Tegra 3 dropped 49% from previous quarter and 71% compared to last year. The transition from Tegra 3 to Tegra 4 further complicates the issue.
NVidia was hoping to gain share with Microsoft’s Surface RT, but it is certainly not doing well. Another issue is the Google Nexus 7, the first generation tablet did not perform well and Google made the decision to switch to Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro running at 1.5 GHz.
According to the benchmark results from an NVidia Tegra 4 developer kit, NVidia Tegra 4 scored the highest against Apple A6, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. It achieved 36,489 vs Snapdragon 800 35,172. Regardless, nVidia Tegra 4 is able to keep pace with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 though it can’t encode 4K Video like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.
I wonder what is next for NVidia Tegra product line? Partnering with more handset manufacturers? Winning more Tablet sockets?
- NVIDIA Tegra Tab 7 apparently spotted in AnTuTu benchmark, scores 27643 (androidauthority.com)
- Nvidia Branded Tablet Surfaces in Pictures, Benchmark (tomshardware.com)