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

February 14, 2013


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?


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