NVIDIA first announced the Tegra 4 last month at CES, there wasn’t much for a reference device. But there was also this device from Vizio, a 10-inch Android 4.1 Tablet which was running Tegra 4. Now in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, we are able to get some benchmarks from NVIDIA’s reference device the Phoenix. Obviously it blows away the competition, since this is a brand new chip. The Tegra 4 does run 1080p video and games smoothly which is always a welcome change.
In the image below you’ll see the differences between the Tegra 4 and the Tegra 3 in both the Sony Xperia Tablet S and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity. As you can see the Tegra 4 just blows away its predecessor the Tegra 3. I guess those 72 GPU cores are really helping the Tegra 4 in the benchmarking.
We already know that ZTE is working with NVIDIA to produce a Tegra 4 device, and we’re sure we’ll see plenty more coming out probably in the second half of the year. I’m actually hoping for the new version of the Nexus 7 to come out with the Tegra 4, that would be a nice upgrade from the Tegra 3. Most of the results shown above from the Tegra 4 are basically unheard of benchmark results, and its something NVIDIA should be proud of. The only score above that surprised us and we aren’t able to explain is the GLBenchmark 2.5, where the Tegra 4 scored lower than the Tegra 3 on the Sony Xperia Tablet S and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity. This doesn’t appear to be a fluke as NVIDIA is touting this Tegra 4 chip as hitting around 57 fps, which is lower than its predecessor, but not bad either.
In the beginning of this article, we talked briefly about the Vizio 10-inch tablet we saw at CES. It was running the Tegra 4 processor, but we haven’t heard anything since then about the tablet. If Vizio can get that tablet to market soon, it should do fairly well. Especially if it’s priced around the same as the Nexus 10. So it looks like there’s still a bit more that needs to be ironed out in the Tegra 4 before it can hit the store shelves later this year. But we can still get excited right?