It was only a couple of months ago that NVIDIA showed off the Tegra 3 Quad Core architecture, nicknamed Kal-el, at Mobile World Congress. At the time, the chip was running on a custom-built Android tablet and the tests were displaying a very advanced 3D game with a host of individual units on a battlefield. It was simultaneously blowing through a random assembly of webpages on a separate monitor. The Tegra 3, they boasted, enjoys about 5X the performance of the Tegra 2 rolling out in this year’s super phones. It was also at MWC 2011 that NVIDIA showed its Tegra Roadmap (shown below). NVIDIA said that the new chips were already in distribution to partners, who would be testing them this year and building devices by the end of 2011 for sale in Q1 of 2012. Rumor has it that the first pair of those devices has leaked out. Read on for more!
The leaks come courtesy of PocketNow and Droid-Life, and they concern two new devices from Motorola known as the Bullet and the Jet. Sounds fast, right? It is. Really, Really fast.
The Bullet sports a 4.3-inch qHD screen at 960×540, and packs a quad-core Tegra 3 processor with 1.5GB of DDR2 RAM. It will also have 16GB of on-board storage, an NFC chip, and a redesigned image sensor to capture superior photo and HD video on its 12MP camera (Wha?!).
The Motorola Jet is for the hardware keyboard fan. While the Jet has a slightly smaller 4-inch display, its still using a qHD, 960×540 display, and features a QWERTY keyboard similar to the upcoming Motorola Droid 3. It will be sporting the same hardware configuration as the Bullet, and will feature a Tegra 3, up to 1.5GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB on-board storage, the same new 12MP camera as the Bullet, NFC chip, and a full QWERTY keyboard.
For comparison, here’s an NVIDA chart that displays the current top-end superphones of this year. These phones feature the Tegra 2, and run at 1GHz. The Tegra 3 runs at 1.5 GHz.
With regard to the cameras, it’s been a complaint of droid users for a while that the cameras and the way Android renders photos is seriously lacking. With how good the cameras are, it’s pretty ridiculous that the rendering of photos isn’t better. Motorola has heard the complaints, and is putting much better image sensors into these new phones, bringing the day when you can toss out your digital camera altogether one step closer. The new cameras, along with the processing power of the Tegra 3, will reportedly capture video at 60+fps at 1080p. At MWC, NVIDIA reps even boasted that the Tegra 3 could suppost 1240p video, which no consumer device can even play at this time.
There is a law known as Moore’s law which state that the number of transistors placed on a chip will double every two years. This trend has held true, but with the rate of technological increase in the modern era, that law will obsolete itself within the next decade. Currently, the life of a cell phone is about 6-9 months before the user upgrades to a newer technology. It’s no secret that as soon as you buy something these days it’s pretty much obsolete by the end of the year. The chances of these rumored phones coming to the market are pretty good on those grounds, but that means we’ll likely not see them until this time next year at the earliest as carriers try to max out their profits with the existing line-up of super phones. Now if the phones we’re buying today (like my shiny new g2X) are 5X as powerful as the MT3G Slide I just set aside, and next year’s lineup is 5x more powerful than what I just bought, that opens up a world of imagination for where this technology will be within a decade.
Now, all this said, these rumors are just that at this point. Take them for what you will. Yes, this is all very probable, and yes we know that the technology is there and has been shipped to NVIDIA partners. But remember that things change very, very quickly in technology and these rumors will give way to tomorrow’s rumors of better, faster, shinier new ultra phones and tablets. Stay with us, and you’ll always get the latest rumor, fact, and info.
Images Courtesy of Android Authority, PocketNow, Droid-Life
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