NVIDIA which is renowned for its GPUs, stepped into the mobile SoC arena with the Tegra series, most notably the Tegra 2 on the LG Optimus 2X. Then came the Tegra 3, which was a quad core chipset featuring improved graphics and better performance. HTC and LG launched smartphones running on the said chipset, although HTC saw more success all thanks to the features bundled with it. When it comes to Android, it’s the OEM customization that can make or break a smartphone and HTC was the winner, albeit not for long. And now, we have reports coming that the next generation NVIDIA Tegra 4 chipset could be first seen on an HTC device much like with the predecessor.
We already know about the rumored HTC M7, which is said to be the next big thing in the world of Android. But that is reported to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and not the Tegra 4. Could that rumor be false? There’s no way to know but it seems very likely that HTC would go with something like a Tegra 4 over a Snapdragon S4 Pro, as having new technology in a smartphone does have its perks. The Tegra 4 which is also known as the Wayne is scheduled for a Q1 2013 release, which is when HTC is believed to launch the new flagship. Let’s see if that’s what HTC has in mind.
The new Tegra 4 chip is believed to be twice as fast as the Tegra 3, which is obvious. It will apparently have the same 4+1 architecture as the Tegra 3, but it’s the end performance that is believed to be substantially better. The clockspeed apparently will be bumped to 1.8 GHz, so one can expect some good benchmark scores from the new chip. What doesn’t go in favor of the new HTC device with the Tegra 4 chipset is the fact that the chip is believed to be designed for tablets. We saw tablets like the ASUS Transformer Prime featuring the Tegra 3 chip, but haven’t seen a whole lot of Tegra 3 based tablets after that. So it should be seen if HTC eventually does launch a Tegra 4 based smartphone or stick with the reliable Snapdragon S4 Pro.
Another theory suggests that HTC would launch a tablet, which clearly hasn’t been the company’s strong point. Considering that the Android tablet market is well settled with the likes of the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7, it would be rather unwise to launch a new competing tablet. But these are all rumors and speculations as of now, as we have no substantial evidence to go with. Regardless, it wouldn’t be wrong to guess that 2013 does hold a lot of surprises for us. It will be interesting to see how HTC will combat the dominance of Samsung in the Android ecosystem.