3 GHz 64-bit dual-core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor caught getting benchmarked
Mar05

3 GHz 64-bit dual-core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor caught getting benchmarked

Nvidia may not have a lot of customers left for its mobile chipsets, but it’s not about to let everyone else have all the 64-bit fun either. The company is working on its own 64-bit solution based on the Tegra K1 architecture that it unveiled earlier this year. One of the processors that will make up this 64-bit line has been caught running the AnTuTu benchmark, which gives us a glimpse at what we should expect in terms of performance. Ever since Apple launched the iPhone 5S, which has the first 64-bit processor seen in the mobile space, there’s been a competition amongst Android-focused chipset vendors to release their own such solutions. However, Android itself still isn’t optimized to run 64-bit code, so right now a 64-bit CPU powering an Android device is pointless. That said, Google may be working to add 64-bit support to Android, so when that version of the OS lands, we may see some big gains. In the meantime, to run Android on a 64-bit chipset you need to do some optimization work of your own, which is undoubtedly what Nvidia did in order to get its Tegra K1 64-bit variant to get along with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It’s unclear what device Nvidia was using for this benchmark test, but that’s probably irrelevant since it’s more than likely we’re talking about a reference design or reference platform here. The model number of “T132ref” seems to confirm this. The 64-bit Nvidia CPU is strangely a dual-core part, and not quad-core as most of the company’s recent efforts. It is, however, clocked at a jaw-breaking 3 GHz, a frequency not previously reached by a mobile chipset. The reference board it was paired with had 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, and a 1080p Full HD screen. And with these specs, the 64-bit Tegra K1 was second only to the 32-bit quad-core Tegra K1 in the AnTuTu results database, beating the likes of the Snapdragon 805 and Snapdragon 801 from Qualcomm by a pretty wide margin. It’s also managed to be, unsurprisingly, better than the Samsung Exynos 5420, the original Snapdragon 800, MediaTek’s octa-core MT6592, as well as the Snapdragon 600. Clearly then, this will be a great performer. The big question, though is this: will we ever see it in any mobile device not developed by Nvidia itself? That’s tough to say, at the moment. Via...

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Nvidia unveils new Tegra Note 7 tablet with 4G LTE, announces Android 4.4 KitKat update for old model
Feb21

Nvidia unveils new Tegra Note 7 tablet with 4G LTE, announces Android 4.4 KitKat update for old model

Nvidia’s Tegra Note tablet slash platform is going to receive a hardware upgrade that will make it 4G LTE capable. New Tegra Note branded tablets with the added 4G support will become available from Nvidia’s partners in the second quarter of the year (so from April to June), and the pricing is going to be $299. Nvidia isn’t selling tablets itself, but the Tegra Note is a turnkey solution of sorts – ready for partners to just add their own branding and handle the sales. We’ve seen a few Tegra Note branded tablets so far, but not from any major manufacturers. Nvidia however expects availability for its Tegra Notes to be expanded to Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine over the next few months. EVGA will offer the Tegra Note in North America and Western Europe, Dixons in the UK, Gigabyte in Western Europe, Korea, and China, Gazer in Ukraine, Zotac in Japan and Korea, Xolo in India, Gradiente in Brazil, and Homecare in China too. Aside from the added mobile data connectivity, specs for the new Tegra Note with 4G LTE seem to have remained the same. The tablet will come with a 7-inch 1,280×800 IPS touchscreen, a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and Wi-Fi. The 4G LTE Tegra Note will launch running Android 4.4 KitKat. And in a bit of good news for current Tegra Note owners, there’s a KitKat update headed your way too – regardless of your particular tablet’s manufacturer, since Nvidia is handling the updates itself. This will apparently continue to happen in the future, so perhaps this will end up to be one of the better supported tablets out there with regard to firmware...

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Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Broadcom will make 64-bit quad-core processors next year
Nov29

Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Broadcom will make 64-bit quad-core processors next year

Apple’s iPhone 5S sports the first 64-bit processor we’ve seen in the mobile world, and other chip makers have definitely noticed the buzz surrounding it. And that means that in a few months we should expect to see 64-bit CPUs for Android devices too. You really shouldn’t be surprised that this is happening. It’s not the first time. Something similar happened shortly after Apple unveiled the first Retina Display (for the iPhone 4) – all of its competitors quickly scrambled to equip their devices with higher-res screens. In fact, the Android makers have gone at this so well that now we’re talking about 2,560×1,440 panels in phones while Apple is still stuck at 1,136×640. For now, though, everyone else is playing catch-up in the 64-bit processor race. Not for long, though. Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Broadcom are rumored to have altered their 2014 roadmaps to include such parts. The chips will be quad-core and some of them may be officially presented at CES in January. The new processors will be ready in the first half of 2014. Unfortunately right now we don’t have anything more specific to go on. Either way, this was inevitable. Most Android device makers are involved in a spec war, so letting Apple get away with a unique feature such as 64-bit CPU wasn’t going to happen. The manufacturers probably started calling their chipset suppliers the day of the iPhone 5S unveiling and asking for 64-bit chips. Whether or not you’ll see any real world performance improvements with such chipsets from day one remains to be seen. The most immediate thing they could bring to the table would be support for 4 GB (or more) of RAM. So that’s something. But for any other performance improvements, Google would have to make a 64-bit version of Android, which we haven’t heard anything about yet. It could come, though, but it’s unclear when. And one more thing: the “first half of next year” time frame applies to the release of the 64-bit chipsets themselves, not to when you’ll see the first Android phones with 64-bit processors on the market. That may happen later. Or a lot sooner, if Samsung really is developing a 64-bit Exynos CPU for the Galaxy S5, and if that handset will in fact launch by the end of March. We’ll have to wait and see. All of this comes from DigiTimes and its sometimes spotty sources, so don’t take any of it for granted. The publication also says that Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Broadcom won’t bother making octa-core chipsets too soon, despite the fact that both Samsung and MediaTek have developed such solutions. Apparently getting...

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$199 EVGA Tegra Note 7 tablet will be out on November 19, pre-orders start today
Nov12

$199 EVGA Tegra Note 7 tablet will be out on November 19, pre-orders start today

Back in September, Nvidia unveiled the Tegra Note 7 tablet and platform, and now we’re starting to slowly see the first devices based on it hitting the streets. Following in the footsteps of the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 in the UK, EVGA is set to bring its very own Tegra Note 7 to the US of A, and soon. EVGA, as you may know, is a Greek dairy company. Just kidding, that’s Evga. EVGA makes motherboards and graphics cards based on Nvidia chipsets. So it’s pretty much a natural partner for the ailing mobile chip developer. As far as we know, this is EVGA’s first foray into the tablet space, as it tries to help Nvidia get out of the rough patch it’s been through recently in the mobile world. The EVGA Tegra Note 7 is identical to any other Tegra Note 7 – after all, Nvidia specced the tablet and is just offering it for co-branding to these companies. So expect EVGA’s contribution to the slate to be one logo and the distribution work (which should come in easy, seeing as how it’s already got agreements in place with major retailers, for its other products). The EVGA Tegra Note 7 will be available at Newegg on November 19 for $199. Pre-orders are set to start today (though they’re not live yet). This is the exact price point that Nvidia announced for the tablet, so no surprises here. Sure, you save $30 compared to the new Nexus 7, but you do lose some things (such as higher screen resolution) too. Once again, here’s a reminder of the Tegra Note 7’s specs: it comes with a 7-inch 1,280×800 touchscreen, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with 72-core GPU and a fifth power-saving core, a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage space, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a stylus. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Via...

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7″ Advent Vega Tegra Note announced in the UK, available on November 15 for £179.99
Nov06

7″ Advent Vega Tegra Note announced in the UK, available on November 15 for £179.99

Nvidia got its first partner for the Tegra Note tablet and platform that it announced back in September. It’s UK-based Dixons group, which owns the well known Currys and PCWorld stores. Its effort is awkwardly named the Advent Vega Tegra Note. Just like we’re expecting every other Tegra Note-based offering to be, this is basically just Nvidia’s Tegra Note with some additional branding slapped on its back. It will be available on November 15 in the aforementioned stores, and pre-orders should start tomorrow. The Advent Vega Tegra Note is priced at £179.99. In case you’ve forgotten all about the Tegra Note’s specs, here they are again for your convenience. You should expect a 7-inch 1,280×800 touchscreen, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with 72-core GPU and a fifth power-saving core, a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage space, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a stylus. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean unfortunately, which is now two versions behind the current one. Its dimensions are 190x120x9.4 mm, and it weighs 320 grams. Via...

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Nvidia Tegra Note now official with Tegra 4 CPU, stylus, $199 price. Nvidia won’t sell it directly
Sep18

Nvidia Tegra Note now official with Tegra 4 CPU, stylus, $199 price. Nvidia won’t sell it directly

The Nvidia Tegra Note was announced today, as the natural progression of last year’s Kai platform. The Tegra Note is a 7-inch tablet, but it’s also a reference design. It will be made by Nvidia, but won’t be sold by the company directly – rather, it will work with partners which will use their own brands and retail channels. If you think about the PC graphics cards business, where Nvidia first made its name, this is similar – the company designs a new GPU, but doesn’t sell it directly to consumers. Other companies step in, modify the design here and there, add a few things, and then sell the resulting package. Intel has a similar strategy with Atom-powered smartphones, where a few different companies from emerging markets release what is basically the same hardware, but with their own brands slapped on it. Nvidia is obviously betting the future of its mobile chip making business on this platform. The Tegra 4 was announced in January but so far has failed to impress smartphone and tablet makers – the high-end space is now mostly Qualcomm and a bit of Samsung here and there. The Tegra 3 from last year wasn’t a runaway hit either, but at least we saw it in more devices. The Tegra 4’s lack of use is about to change, though, for it’s powering the Tegra Note. This is a 7-inch tablet that comes with a stylus that has support for it built into the chipset itself. The Tegra Note has a 1,280×800 IPS touchscreen, 16 GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot for expansion, a microHDMI socket, special speakers with bass reflex port that have the widest frequency range in a tablet, a “groundbreaking camera”, 10+ hours of HD video playback, and a starting price of $199. Nvidia will be issuing the software updates for all the Tegra Note units out there. This is one headache less to worry about for the companies that will actually market and sell these things. Nvidia wants to provide a pure, stock-like Android experience, so maybe updates will come reasonably fast. The price certainly is right, but the screen’s resolution is a disappointment when for just $30 more you can get a Nexus 7 with 1,920×1,200 pixels. Last year, Nvidia’s Kai platform powered the first generation Nexus 7, which went on to become the best selling Android tablet in history. This year, Nvidia hopes to ride on that success, and on the newfound love that people have for styluses in tablets, and make its Tegra 4 successful via this Tegra Note effort. The Tegra Note is going to be out...

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7” NVIDIA Tegra Note reference design tablet poses for a photo-shoot in China
Sep04

7” NVIDIA Tegra Note reference design tablet poses for a photo-shoot in China

Those NVIDIA Tegra 4 reference design tablets we told you about in January? They took longer than expected to materialize, but now they are almost here. And should start shipping in China in a matter of weeks. Chinese site ChinaDYI got their hands on a 7” device called Tegra Note and had an extended photo session with it: This slideshow requires JavaScript. The rumored NVIDIA Tegra Note tablet specs include: 7” 1280×768 HD Display  1.8 GHz quad-core Tegra 4 CPU 2GB of RAM 5 megapixel rear camera, Front camera (resolution unknown) micro-USB, HDMI support Stylus Except for Tegra Note on the back, there’s no other branding on the device. But you can expect this white label tablet to start popping up all over the world, branded by regional NVIDIA partners as their own, and sold for a very attractive...

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Nvidia Tegra Tab 7 gets benchmarked
Aug12

Nvidia Tegra Tab 7 gets benchmarked

Last week we found out that Nvidia may be working on two own-brand Android tablets, one of which is a 7-incher that is supposed to go on sale first – before the end of this year, in fact. This may be called Nvidia Tegra Tab or Nvidia TegraNote Premium. For now, let’s call it Tegra Tab. We’ve already shown you what it looks like (at least the back), but now it’s been caught doing its thing in a benchmark results database. Turns out some enterprising soul with a Tegra Tab on hand decided to run the AnTuTu benchmark. The Tegra Tab’s result is 27,643 points, which is a lot more than, for example, Google’s new Nexus 7. That said, you should keep in mind that the Nvidia Tegra Tab only has 1,280×800 resolution, whereas the 1,920×1,200 of the Nexus 7 sure is more taxing to that device’s GPU. The 7-inch Tegra Tab should sport an Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz, a 5 MP camera, microHDMI port, microUSB port, a 3.5 mm headset jack, and either microSD card support or a SIM card tray (in which case there’s going to be a 3G and/or 4G version of it too). The Tegra Tab may also come with a stylus, which isn’t something we see very often for small tablets such as this one. The Tegra Tab currently runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and it will probably stick with this version for its release. Via Technology Blogs...

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Nvidia Tegra Tab pictured. Nvidia Tegra 5 tablet coming in 2014. Surface RT 2 will sport Tegra CPU
Aug09

Nvidia Tegra Tab pictured. Nvidia Tegra 5 tablet coming in 2014. Surface RT 2 will sport Tegra CPU

Since January we’ve known that Nvidia is planning on designing and developing its own tablets and smartphones. This has probably happened because the company is having real issues in finding OEM and ODM customers for its mobile chipsets this year. A few days ago we even got word that Nvidia may in fact be preparing to sell an Android tablet itself, under its own brand – the TegraNote Premium. That still may happen, but today another alleged Nvidia tablet has leaked. It’s called the Tegra Tab, and this time we have a couple of pictures too. This device is said to be made by Shenzhen Homecare for Nvidia. The Tegra Tab will reportedly sport Nvidia’s Tegra 4 CPU, a 7-inch screen, a 5 MP rear camera, a full HDMI port, and a stylus. The tablet may even come in a 3G-capable version, since in one of the images something resembling a SIM card bay can be seen. Other specs and details about the Nvidia Tegra Tab aren’t available right now, but we’ll bring them to you as soon as they get leaked. Now this could be Nvidia’s first own-brand tablet, or it could be the first tablet to come out of its effort of making tablets itself, but for partners that will then market and sell them (perhaps Nvidia will let these companies use the Tegra Tab brand). That’s what we heard would happen when we first got wind about the chip maker’s new plans. This Tegra Tab may be what the previously leaked TegraNote ends up being called commercially, in which case it should feature a 1,280×800 touchscreen and run Android 4.2.2 (at least). Interestingly though, another report claims that Nvidia will release its own high-end tablet in the first quarter of next year (so before the end of March). That will apparently come with the Nvidia Tegra 5 mobile chipset, currently codenamed Logan. The Tegra 5 will come with Kepler-branded graphics, and as such should smoke the competition – at least in terms of raw GPU power. This tablet will be released in North America as you’d expect, but also in Europe it seems. This is obviously going to be a different device from the 7-inch TegraNote / Tegra Tab, and we expect its touchscreen to measure around 10 inches diagonally. So it looks like Nvidia has two tablets in the works for the near future: the Tegra 4-based 7-inch TegraNote or Tegra Tab, and another 10″ Tegra 5-based monster coming in 2014. Finally in Nvidia news, the company’s CEO has confirmed that its chipset will power the next Microsoft Surface RT tablet. This first of all...

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Nvidia could be working on its own Android tablet – the TegraNote Premium
Aug06

Nvidia could be working on its own Android tablet – the TegraNote Premium

Nvidia is having a bit of trouble selling its Tegra 4 mobile chipset, since it faces intense competition from Qualcomm. Back in January we heard that the company had a rather unique plan to make things better: develop and build devices itself, then offer them to regional companies which can sell them under their own brands (think Lava, Micromax, the likes). So, to be clear – this would have meant Nvidia did the design and development of the devices, but it wouldn’t have sold them under its own brand. Rather, you’d see the same design sold in different parts of the world by different smaller players in the mobile space. This plan sure sounded intriguing enough at the time (leaving aside the fact that Intel’s been doing a similar thing with regard to smartphones, but with limited success so far). However, half a year has passed since then and we haven’t heard anything else about it. Until now. But there’s a twist – it could just be that Nvidia changed its mind a little and does want to sell mobile devices under its own brand after all. We say that because a mysterious, never before heard of product has turned up in a benchmark. It seems to be called the Nvidia TegraNote Premium. It sports a Tegra 4 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, has an 1,280×800 touchscreen, and currently runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The display resolution seems to suggest that this is a tablet. Now this could be one of two things. First off, Nvidia could have changed its initial plan, and perhaps it now wants to sell own-brand tablets (and maybe even smartphones later on). This would be a radical move from a chip maker, but it could be warranted if the company failed to get the attention of even the smaller regional device manufacturers with its new chipsets. This still seems unlikely, though, and it would be an incredibly risky bet (though it could be successful too, naturally). On the other hand, what we have here could simply be the first of those previously rumored Nvidia-designed devices that are going to be sold by other companies under their own brands. Nvidia could just be testing it before it’s finished. As such, it makes sense that the brand used in the benchmark is Nvidia’s – after all, for now this is an Nvidia product. The fact that it will eventually be sold under different names is irrelevant at this point in the development process. Regardless of which version of the facts is true, it certainly looks like Nvidia wants to take the future into its own hands,...

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