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Thursday, 07 October 2010 10:54

2011 is the year of dual-core superphones

Written by Fuad Abazovic

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Nvidia mobile boss believes

A few weeks ago we talked to some key people at Nvidia and we still have a few details to reveal from these talks. Tegra general manager Mike Rayfield told us that Nvidia strongly believes that we will see a new phone category in 2011. He calls them superphones.

These are phones with 4-inch or bigger screens and somehow iPhone 4 also fits the picture even though it has a smaller screen. After all it’s Apple who changed the mobile market forever and many look to this company as the clear leader in mobile technologies.

HTC EVO 4G is one good example he added and that people relay like the 4.3 inch screen. In 2011 these phones will get dual-core CPUs and some of them should get Tegra 2. The OS of choice looks to be Android 3.0, but of course Apple's iPhone OS will remain very influential in this market.

The future is definitely that the next generation iPhone 5 and next generation HTC devices have to come with dual-core ARM-based processors inside, as this is the way technology moves. Let's just hope that they won’t affect battery life that much. Push email is already setting us back to a 24-hour usage cycle in most single-core 1GHz ARM 8 phones.
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+8 #1 guideX 2010-10-07 12:26
"2011 is the year of dual-core super phones"

It may be, but it definitely is not the year of Tegra. Qualcomm has a very solid Snapdragon line up and TI has something even more brilliant; Omap4. Oh and not to mention Marvell's higher performance ARM chips. Tegra may very well grow but most companies prefer to stick to established partners, Motorola - TI | HTC Qualcomm (and in HTC's case even the same processor) and Apple - Samsung.
Nvidia's best bet is Microsoft who look like they will not be re-entering the phone market for a VERY VERY long time, if even.
 
 
-4 #2 guideX 2010-10-07 12:27
On a side not, i sincerely hope we don't get dual core smartphones, i would much rather single core, power efficient designs. I mean some of these phones cannot last a full day if you wake up really early and use your phone more then once or twice.
We only need stronger GPU's from now on and PowerVRSGX540-550 as well as Armada 205-210 should be fine for a while.
 
 
+14 #3 The_Wolf88 2010-10-07 12:33
Quote:
A few weeks ago we talked to some key people at Nvidia



WTF !

Always we talked to and we speak to !!

You don't have another sentence to start your articles with fudo ?!!!
 
 
+3 #4 leftiszi 2010-10-07 12:58
Isn't the LG Optimus series supposed to bring some Tegra 2 devices in Q4/2010?
 
 
+5 #5 Nerdfighter 2010-10-07 15:49
Apparently all departments of Nvidia have forgotten about power efficiency. These "superphones" will have the worst battery-life ever.
 
 
0 #6 thevoid 2010-10-07 17:49
Quoting Nerdfighter:
Apparently all departments of Nvidia have forgotten about power efficiency. These "superphones" will have the worst battery-life ever.


Except they haven't. The laptop gpu division has been making great strides in power saving technology since the GeForce 2 times. My G210M uses less than 2W at idle clocks. My wife's 9300M GS uses about 3W.

Tegra will have teething problems just like any new architecture (Barcelona anyone?) Obviously they went back and improved it for the Tegra 2.

The first one was good enough for the Zune HD and Kin, despite charlie's constant power whine. So heres to hoping for more competition in the mobile space to drive innovation!
 
 
+6 #7 Fud_u 2010-10-08 00:12
@ "t the next generation iPhone 5 and next generation HTC devices have to come with dual-core "


You know, Apple never give consumer too much "hardware" expect less than a dual core.
 
 
-1 #8 noypogs16 2010-10-11 16:58
a dual core processor for phone i think its too much? power will be an issue here single core is enough why does phones need that .. we only use phone for call text and navigation etc.. smartphones are no more phone ... for me they are super mini pc
 

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