Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC to ship only in July, Shield release pushed to September

February 14, 2013

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The Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL stole the show at this year’s CES, but one of the highlights of the event was also the announcement of the Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC, featuring four cores (plus a companion core) based on ARM’s latest Cortex A15 technology, and a 72-core GPU (!). As was the case with Tegra 3, I was hoping for a lot of OEM’s flagship devices to feature the Tegra 4 processor to kick off the year, but unfortunately, we won’t be seeing Tegra 4-powered devices for at least half a year, if not longer.

During a conference call with financial analysts, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang that the company will be ramping up production now, but the Tegra 4 SoC will ship to customers only in July. This “delay” will definitely hit home, as this will also push the release of the highly-anticipated Nvidia Shield gaming device, which will likely be made publicly available only in September.

After Tegra 3 was completely overshadowed by the Samsung Exynos 4412 processor and the Qualcomm SnapDragon S4/S4 Pro processors, Nvidia was hoping to turn things around in 2013. But the company hasn’t been off to the best start, even if Android-unknown HP are said to release an Android tablet and a few smartphones powered by Tegra 4.

Even with the amazing specifications, at least on paper, the Tegra 4 has already hit a rough patch, with Qualcomm calling out the SoC as “underperforming.” Another report is stating that not many device manufacturers have placed orders for NVIDIA’s Tegra 4. With the imminent release of the Qualcomm SnapDragon 800 and the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, things might just get even harder.

Of course, benchmark and performance comparisons are what will be the deciders in the end! But a late release certainly doesn’t help the cause.

What are your thoughts? Are you disappointed by the late release of the Nvidia Tegra 4-powered devices, and especially the Shield? Who do you think is going to come out on top in the processor wars?

Comments

  • FAKE

    I would be really happy when will be SoC with exynos procesor and tegra graphics, otherwise i prefer exynos for now.

  • me

    Well no-one has nothing to say about this huh.

  • cycad007

    Let’s just wait & see the benchmarks…at this point its pointless to crown anybody’s processor “king” as we have nothing to compare official to compare them with.

  • http://twitter.com/danmcsw danmcsw

    This is kinda disastrous. That means that their competition have nearly half a year before anything Tegra4 based appears. No wonder the Big G is going with a different SoC brand for the next gen Nexus 7, that tablet will probably be outmontjs before Tegra4.

  • Hikari0307

    Well that’s extremely late. Going by how things look right now, if I were to get a new phone, it will most likely be among the next samsung flagships which would most certainly be using an exynos SOC. As for tablets, by that time of the year, Intel would have released their haswell based processors (which will definitely beat anything ARM based in terms of raw power along with low power consumption) which will definitely spawn some extremely attractive windows 8 tablets so I have no reason to get something running a Tegra 4 in the foreseeable future >_<

  • Danial Zainal

    U can have the fastest processor .. Power consumption?.. Samsung exynos octa.looks.promising.. It got speed and efficiency

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Haruhi-Suzumiya/100000366657687 Haruhi Suzumiya

    This indirectly confirms that Nexus 5 wil have a Snapdragon 800 (2.3 Ghz) on May Google Event.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.cottrell.92 Jamie Cottrell

    If you announce something, you must release it pretty sharpish or your competitors with surpass you. Nvidia has made a big mistake here