After the announcement of the Nexus 7, which is an almost-no-compromise tablet that sells for only $200, a lot of people have been wondering why we can’t buy powerful smartphones that are just as affordable as the Nexus 7. The answer is not an easy one, as a smartphone contains more components than the Nexus 7, some of them being quite expensive, like the 3G and 4G modems, the higher PPI displays, much better cameras, and so on.
However, that doesn’t mean we can’t see some smartphones that would at least come close to the pricing of the Nexus 7, while offering a similar superior quality. Nvidia is reportedly working with certain Chinese manufacturers [...]
Earlier this week, Nvidia has disclosed that their Icera 410 LTE modem has been approved for AT&T’s network. This is a big step forward for Nvidia’s Tegra chips, which so far have lacked any sort of integration with LTE chips. It’s too bad that it took Nvidia so long, because Qualcomm took advantage of their edge in this area, and sold more S4 chips with integrated LTE than they can supply by the end of the year.
Nvidia also announced that the Icera 500 LTE modem will be available by the end of the year, but there’ll still be no full integration with the Tegra 3 chips. For now, the modem will just go alongside the Tegra 3 SoC, and we can [...]