A lot of US Android enthusiasts were shocked to hear today that the HTC One X was featuring an Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor, everywhere in the world, except here. Many people didn’t catch it in the audience at the HTC press event at Mobile World Congress. HTC CEO Peter Chou stood on stage and showed a slide with Nvidia Tegra 3 and Qualcomm on it.
Immediately most people who are in the know, knew why the slide went up. It’s the simple fact that Nvidia doesn’t support 4G/LTE on the Tegra 3 quad-core chip. So with that in mind HTC had to make a decision, do they go with the slower HSPA+ or the ever so fast, and expanding 4G/LTE.
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The choice really is simple, you want the fun to run on the fastest most optimum network. So partially the fault lies in Nvidia for not supporting 4G/LTE. But let’s not let Qualcomm off the hook so quickly.
It was at this exact same convention last year that Qualcomm introduced their quad-core chips to the world. So after a year, we are expected to understand that Qualcomm doesn’t have a device ready chip set with quad-core on board?
Qualcomm is expected to show off a chip set with the baseband radios built into the chip but not quad-core. Nvidia is showing off a similar product in the Nvidia Icera chip, but neither of those are ready for the spring release of the HTC One series of phones.
We’re curious to see what happens when it’s time to test devices out in the real world. Benchmarks are only so valid. However, I have a feeling that to the general consumer if you put up an Nvidia Tegra 3 powered Android device on an HSPA+ network and a Qualcomm dual core SnapDragon device on a 4G/LTE network you’re not going to notice a ton of difference. Now putting them up next to the new Huawei quad-core chip, that may be a noticeable change.