Qualcomm is unphased by Tegra 4’s benchmark

by: Robert TriggsFebruary 27, 2013


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The Tegra 4 benchmarks we saw earlier this week were certainly impressive, but considering it’s a next generation chip you’d expect it to show up the current generation hardware. Qualcomm is keeping its cool in the face of Nvidia’s bar raising results, and are keen to let us know that its Snapdragon 800 has the Tegra 4 beaten.

Raj Talluri, Qualcomm’s Senior VP of Product Management, told The Verge that the latest iteration of the Snapdragon chip “easily” beats Nvidia’s best offering. He also cited the fact that Qualcomms chips are “so much more integrated” than anything Nvidia is offering, no doubt referring to the lack of LTE support in most of Nvidia’s products.

Qualcomm claims that it’s “more focused on shipping products” than simply one upping its competitors. According to the interview there are over 50 products already stated to feature the speedy Snapdragon 800 coming up for release this year, and “a whole bunch” no doubt waiting to be revealed over the course of 2013. So Qualcomm’s bottom line will no doubt be very healthy this year.

This is the total opposite to what Nvidia faced with the Tegra 3, and could have to overcome again with the Tegra 4. Despite boasting some of the best specs on the market, handset developers refused to use the SoC because it didn’t provide them with everything they needed to produce the best quality products.

LTE support is definitely going to swing the tide in Qualcomms favor. Even though Nvidia has announced the Tegra 4i, it won’t compete with top of the line chips like the Snapdragon 800 in terms of raw performance. This means that Nvidia’s Tegra 4i will be battling the powerful Snapdragon 600 for the mid-performance market, leaving the ultra high end all in one SoC market totally uncontested.

Even if the Snapdragon 800 doesn’t perform quite as well as the Tegra 4, we’ll have to wait for the benchmarks, it won’t matter to handset manufacturers who are looking for a cost effective, all inclusive SoC. No wonder Qualcomm is feeling quite snug.

  • Dragonetti

    BGR mentioned “Tegra 4 devices may not be available until August” http://bgr.com/2013/02/14/nvidia-tegra-4-release-date-327554/
    Wel we will see the real benchmarks when first devices with the Tegra 4 will be released in Q3 (not the Tegra 4i will be shipped/available in Q4) when the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600/800 and Tegra 4 can be compared.

  • LeoN N

    i don’t think the snapdragon 800 will match tegra 4 or other a15 based SOC..it will be scorpion vs A9 all over again..but its ok because the 600 already very powerful(800 will definitely be better) and more power efficient than A15


      Uhh… Senseless ramblings…Go back to sleep.

  • cycad007

    Snapdragon 800 will be manufactured using TSMC’s 28nm high performance mobile (HPM) process technology. Given that the nVidia (also a TSMC customer) doesn’t use this process, then all things being equal….the Snapdragon 800 has the advantage in terms of power efficiency.

    • guest

      Tegra 4 uses HPL process, which is less leakage, so in terms of efficiency, it may do better or at least equal since A15 are more power hungry (also faster than Krait) than Krait,

      • cycad007

        Good catch. You’re correct…I was wrong. I had assumed HPM was the one of the less leakage. But apparently, HPM has better performance at the expense of some leakage. HPL trades performance for low leakage.