Nvidia Unveils The Fastest Mobile SoC – Tegra 4; Quad-Core Cortex-A15 And 72 GPU Cores

Today, Nvidia unveiled its next generation SoC at the CES 2013 in Las Vegas. The company released its successor to the quad-core Cortex-A9 based Tegra 3, the Tegra 4 codenamed Wayne. The Tegra 4 is Nvidia’s aim at offering an SoC that competes with the Exynos and other high-end SoCs directly.

The Tegra 4 packs in a quad-core Cortex-A15 which is accompanied by the company’s patented 5th core to save battery. The SoC is also based on the 28nm fabrication process that should greatly help in improving battery life compared to Tegra 3. On the GPU side, the Tegra 4 packs in a 72-core GPU which should provide at least 10x boost in gaming performance compared to its predecessor.

Nvidia has also worked on improving the imaging capabilities of its SoC, which the company calls “Nvidia Computational photography engine”. The new ISP allows Tegra 4 based devices to take HDR photos in realtime along with live HDR video recording.

The Tegra 4 will also be accompanied by a new i500 Icera modem from Nvidia. The only downside here is that there is no integrated LTE modem on the Tegra 4. This will lead to a higher manufacturing cost for the OEMs, and also higher power consumption. The company aims to release a Tegra 4 variant with integrated LTE modem sometime in the second half of this year.

Nvidia’s CEO also showed some live demo prototypes of Tegra 4 powered tablets, but did not comment as to when Tegra 4 equipped devices will hit the shelves.

Nexus 7 Finally Coming To India; Up For Sale On Croma’s Website

After months of speculation and rumors, it looks like ASUS and Google are finally bringing the Nexus 7 to India. Croma, a popular electronics megastore in India from Tata, listed the Nexus 7 on its website for sale just a few moments ago with a shipping time of 7 working days.

Sadly, the tablet won’t be coming with its tempting price of $199 or roughly Rs 11,000 in the Indian market. Instead, the 16GB variant of the tablet will cost around Rs. 19,999, which is a bummer. At the moment, it is unclear whether ASUS and Google plan on launching the 8GB/32GB variant or even the 3G version of the tablet in India or not.

The Nexus 7 packs in a 7-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1280×700, along with 1GB of RAM. The tablet runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Other specs of the tablet include NFC, Wi-Fi, a 1.2MP front-facing camera and Bluetooth.

Via – Kunal Gangar

HTC Confirms Wi-Fi Connectivity Issue On Some Tegra 3 One X

Own the international variant of the HTC One X? Here is some bad news for you. Over the last few days, reports started flying around ont he Internet that some of the One X owners are facing strange Wi-Fi connectivity issue with their handset. The only weird and temporary way to fix this problem was to squeeze the handset at a certain place.

HTC has come clean on this matter and confirmed that the some of the Tegra 3 variants of the One X do suffer from poor Wi-Fi connectivity issue. The company has also issued an official statement to Android Central, where it states it has found a way to fix the issue in future One X handsets -:

After investigating isolated reports of WiFi connectivity issues in the HTC One X, we have identified a fix that strengthens the area of the phone around the WiFi antennae connection points. While many customers have not experienced any problems with signal strength, we have taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future. HTC is committed to making sure every customer has a great experience and we apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused while we conducted a thorough investigation.

What HTC however fails to mention is that what existing One X owners should do if they are facing the Wi-Fi connectivity issue. Hopefully, HTC will replace the One X for these people without any hassle.

Nvidia Announces Five New Tegra 3 Optimized Games At E3; Completely Forgets About Tegra 2

Last night Nvidia kicked off its E3 event at the Los Angeles Convention Center by announcing five new games for Tegra 3 powered Android handsets. All the five games announced by Nvidia – Dead Trigger, Puddle THD, Demon’s Score THD, Bounty Arms, and Heroes Call – have been specifically optimized to take advantage of Nvidia’s latest quad-core SoC and provide a stunning and immersive graphics.

Dead Trigger comes from the maker of Shadowngun, and is a FPS (first-person shooter) where the user needs to survive by killing the zombies. The game will also be released for non-Tegra handsets, but the Tegra version will contain some exclusive effects like enhanced water, specular lighting, volumetric fog and ragdoll physics.

Puddle THD is an interesting game where the user needs to guide the water to a target through tilt controls, and is already available for Xbox and Playstation gaming consoles. The Tegra 3 version of the game will contain higher resolution texture, advanced fluid effects, better shadows and advanced physics effects.

Demons’ Score THD is based on EPIC Games’ Unreal Engine 3 to provide outstanding graphics and integrates break-beat action with music. The Tegra 3 version of the game will contain exclusive features like higher resolution texture, advanced bloom effects, rim lighting, dynamic shadows and depth-of-field effects.

Bounty Arms and Heroes Call will also have some Tegra 3 exclusive graphics effects, including co-op play, additional physics interaction and advanced particle effect. The former is a 3D side-scrolling action game, while the latter is an RPG.

Nvidia has not announced a release date for any of these games though, but is providing a hands-on demo of these games at its booth in E3. It is quite surprising to see Nvidia treat its own Tegra 2 SoC as a step-child, with absolutely no mention of the SoC in its blog post or any of the games optimized for it.

HTC One X Gets Another Bug-Fixing Software Update

HTC has once again started rolling out a new software update for the international variant of the One X, that aims at improving the performance of the handset and fix some minor bugs. While HTC has not provided any official change-log for the update, one major change in the update is that HTC has enabled GPU Rendering by default on the handset.

For some strange reason, HTC had disabled GPU rendering by default on the One X previous to the 1.29 software update. Considering GPU rendering is one of the biggest under-the-hood changes in Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC really had to be insane to disable it. The company only allowed GPU acceleration in certain applications including some from Google and a few benchmarking apps. Otherwise, only those apps that specifically enabled GPU rendering in their manifest.xml were harnessing the power of the GPU instead of the CPU. There was no way to force GPU acceleration on all applications, like it is on the Galaxy Nexus and other Ice Cream Sandwich running handsets.

Thankfully, HTC has fixed this issue in the 1.29 software update. Some One X owners also suggest that the update brings about a slight improvement in the battery life of the handset as well.

Via –  XDA-Developers

Toshiba Announces The Excite 7.7, 10.1 and 13.3 Ice Cream Sandwich Running Tablets

Last night, Toshiba announced a bunch of new tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, and they come in varying sizes to cater to the needs of various customers. The smallest, the Excite 7.7, comes with a 7.7-inch AMOLED display with a 1280*800 resolution and has a slim waistline of 0.3-inches. Following the Excite 7.7 is the new Excite 10.1 that comes with a…as you guessed it…a 10.1-inch display with a 1280*800 resolution. The 10.1-inch model is a bit thicker than the Excite 7.7 though (0.35 vs. 0.3).

Last but not the least, and definitely not the smallest or slimmest is the Excite 13. The tablet comes with a whopping 13.3-inch display with a 1600*900 resolution, along with four inbuilt speakers to provide users with that perfect movie watching experience. It is also the thickest tablet in the Excite line-up with a 0.4-inch waistline.

All the three tablets pack in a NVidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a GB of RAM, a sturdy aluminum shell, Corning’s Gorilla glass, a 5MP camera in the back, a 2MP shooter in the front, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a bunch of sensors, and sound enhancements from Toshiba and SRS Labs. Toshiba states that the Excite 13 has a whopping 13 hours of battery life, while the Excite 10 will last around 10 hours on a single charge.

All the three tablets also run on stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, and pack in a micro-USB port, microHDMI port and a microSD card slot. The Excite 10 will hit the retail stores first early next month, with the 16GB model costing $449.99, and the 32GB and 64GB model costing $529.99 and $649.99 respectively.

The Excite 10 will be followed by the Excite 7.7, which will hit the retail stores a couple of months (early June) from now for $499.99 for the 16GB variant. The 32GB model will cost $579.99. The Excite 13 will be available to the consumers sometime in early June for $649.99 for the 32GB model, while the 64GB model will set users back by another $100.

Samsung Galaxy S III To Be Powered By Exynos 4412 SoC

With every passing day, new rumors and more information about the Samsung Galaxy S III pops up on the Internet. Until now, we have seen a couple of image leaks, which in my opinion are fake. There have also been numerous rumors that the Galaxy S III will be announced sometime in March or April. The latest rumors pegs the announcement date of the handset to 22nd May.

Now, an unnamed Samsung executive revealed in an interview with Korean Times that the company would be using its own in-house quad-core chip on the Samsung Galaxy S III. Even though the unnamed executive did not mention the exact name of the chipset, there is a strong possibility that the Galaxy S III will be using the Exynos 4412 SoC from Samsung.

The Exynos 4412 SoC from Samsung consists of four Cortex-A9 chips clocked anywhere between 1.5-18GHz, and will be accompanied by an ARM Mali-T608GPU. It will be interesting to see how the Galaxy S III competes with the HTC One X that uses a Tegra 3 SoC, and the One S, which is powered by a faster but dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC. In the GPU performance department, I expect the Samsung Galaxy S III to trump every other SoC available in the market, except for the A5X chip used inside the new iPad.


Asus Infinity Pad Announced; A High-End Version Of The Transformer Prime

Along with the Asus Padfone, Asus announced yet another tablet similar to the original Transformer Prime (TF201), the Infinity Pad. The company has also renamed its Eee Pad Transformer Brand to just Transformer Pad.

The Transformer Pad Infinity comes with a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with a whopping 1920×1080 resolution. While the Wi-Fi variant of the Infinity Pad use an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, the 3G/4G version will come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and an Adreno 225 GPU. The internal battery capacity has also been increased by more than 10% to outset the increase in screen resolution. There is the same 8MP F/2.2 aperture camera on the back of the Pad as one the Prime, and a 2MP snapper in the front. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features will also be present.

Like the original Prime, the Infinity Pad also has an aluminium body with a plastic strip running across the top of the tablet that acts as a R/F window. This R/F window will make sure that the Infinity Pad does not have the same GPS and Wi-Fi issues as the Transformer Prime.

The Infinity Pad will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box whenever it hits the retail market at an unknown price.

LG Optimus 4X HD Announced; Packs In a Quad-Core Tegra 3 Processor Clocked at 1.5Ghz

Companies generally reveal their greatest and latest handsets at the MWC every year. However, it looks like LG thinks otherwise. The company has announced a slew of handsets in the last 4 days, and has announced another one today – the Optimus 4X HD.

The Optimus 4X HD is the successor to the Optimus 2X, the world’s first dual-core phone, and comes with a, yeah you guessed it right, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor. All the four cores on the Tegra 3 SoC can run as high as up to 1.5GHz. The Optimus 4X HD is also pretty slim with a thickness of 8.9mm, and comes with a massive 4.7-inch IPS display with a 720p (1280×720) resolution. The phone still has capacitive keys, and not on-screen buttons like the Galaxy Nexus. The handset also packs in 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot.

All the usual connectivity features like SHSPA +21Mbps, GPS with A-GPS and the usual sensors are also present. At the back of the Optimus 4X is an 8MP snapper aided by an LED flash, and accompanied by a 1.3MP shooter in the front for video calling. Thankfully, LG has also packed in a massive 2150mAh batter inside the handset!

Also, the handset will be running on Ice Cream Sandwich with LG’s custom skin on top, to ruin the whole ICS experience. The company will announce more details about the Optimus 4X HD including its price and release date at MWC next week.



LG’s Upcoming Quad-Core Sporting Phone Quadrant Benchmark Score Leaks!

The LG Optimus 2X was the first dual-core SoC sporting phone to be released to the consumers all over the world. Now, LG is again looking to be the first Android handset manufacture to release the first world’s first quad-core processor sporting handset.

Paul O’Brien of MoDaCo has managed to get some information about the upcoming quad-core handset from LG. This handset from LG will be sporting a Tegra 3 processor, pack 1GB of RAM, a mammoth 4.7-inch screen with 720p HD resolution, 16GB of on-board storage, an 8MP camera in the rear and a 1.3MP snapper in the front, and lastly a massive 2000mAh battery!

Paul has also leaked some screenshots of the handset’s Quadrant score. The device scores a whopping 4412 points in the latest version of Quadrant, which is nearly double of what the Galaxy Nexus scores. From the screenshots, it also looks like that this un-named handset from LG will come with a nearly stock Ice Cream Sandwich build, with just a few minor tweaks from LG. Hopefully, this move from LG will allow the company to update its handsets to the latest version of Android faster.