Sep 23 AT 10:54 PM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

Venus envy? NVIDIA confirms Motorola is a big customer

Update: The Tegra 2 phone is coming, but we might have the codename wrong still. A new source is telling me this device is the Motorola Venus.

Several months ago, Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha let it slip that they were building a smartphone with NVIDIA graphics. Yesterday we revealed that Motorola is in fact releasing a dual-core Tegra 2 smartphone and it should be the flagship device for Gingerbread this holiday season.

Today NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed at a fireside chat during GTC 2010 that Motorola is “very important to us and will represent long term (one) of our biggest customers”.

I saw many doubters reading the comments yesterday, but this phone is real and my gut says it will be jaw-droppingly awesome.

We had been referring to this dual-core phone as the Droid T2 (Tegra 2, get it?), but one of my friends tells me the codename is actually the Motorola Venus (or not, see update above). Who knows what the actual product name will be when it hits Verizon stores, but I love the Terminator name that someone came up with yesterday (please Verizon, I know you got the cash to license that).

While we are on the topic of codenames, I also discovered Motorola is working on several Tegra-powered tablets which are being called Everest and Olympus. We already knew of one Motorola tablet coming to Verizon, codenamed Stingray, so I’m not sure if that is one of these new codenames or a separate tablet.

Several of these devices are supposedly in the hands of Verizon testers, so I suppose some blurry-cam pics will surface over the coming weeks…

Source: EE Times

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  • http://Website Noctx

    Would a phone like this possibly come out before 2011?
    Also, does Canada’s 3G frequencies work with the same ones Verizon of US uses?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      It is scheduled for Q4, but delays happen all the time. My money says Motorola gets it out the door in time for Christmas.

  • http://Website wallingsworth

    you have my attention now.

  • http://Website Andrew

    Im so ready yo upgrade my n1… even with apps 2 sd.. i need more internal storage… But i need a GSM phone… which knowing motorolla means.. we’re at least 6 months away from it..

  • http://Website lovo

    Geez if it does happen I’m gonna be mad since after all I just got my Droid x it would really be a pain I love android but I have to agree with the haters on one thing its growing to fast phones are popping out constantly from diffrebt manufacturers if only they released a cartain amount per year..then at least we could upgrade

    • Taylor Wimberly

      It is only going to speed up with the hardware advancements. NVIDIA said at their press conference this week to expect a new Tegra every year from here on out.

    • http://Website thehalloween

      Oh? You would rather them stagnate and delay progression of upgrades in order to satisfy your desire to say you have best-on-market for longer? Boo.

      Though what is frustrating is getting a new phone and then support (and OS updates) be terminated the next month. You are safe though with a Droid X.

  • http://Website maaax

    Wow… talk about saturating the market. Just keep shaving off the profit margin bit by bit, HW guys. I’ll be back in 2 years when a top of the line phone is free on contract.

    • http://Website Nammy

      Top of the line phones have NEVER been free. Go all the back to the 1990′s and the newest phones have always hovered around the $99 mark with smartphones always around $99-$399.

  • http://Website JAG

    Excelent, Moto deserves a second change!!!

    • http://Website JAG

      *Second chance!! xD

  • http://Website dalingrin

    As tempting as the phone looks to be, I won’t touch a Motorola phone until they become more developer friendly.

  • http://Website PhineasJW

    My G1 is limping along, but I’m still holding out for the next wave of superphones.

    My perfect phone:

    - 4.0″ screen
    - Touch-only
    - Dual-core next gen processor (Tegra 2 or equivalent)
    - *Stock* Gingerbread

    Sounds like the Motorola will hit at least one of the four.

    Unfortunately, with Motorola locking the bootloader, and Verizon now crippling and larding up Android … I’m sure to be disappointed on some level by the “T2″. Shame.

    • http://Website Drew

      Besides, if you have a G1, you can forget about Moto coming out with anything interesting or even half decent for Tmobile

    • http://Website Bazzeil

      sounds like you want a Vibrant, dual core has a while, and the Hummingbird core is very fast (deffinitly faster than the old snap dragon), and if you venture to, easily overclocks, and you can fix samsungs mistake with an ext2/3 cache boosting data xfr rates (i certainly dont need 2 gigs for apps)

  • jivemaster

    So if gingerbread is heading to a verizon only phone, when will the rest of the world get gingerbread? Not this holiday season that’s for sure.

    There would be hope if the phone was gsm.

  • http://Website me

    I’d be supprised if google will allow Motorola to lock this one down, If google work with Moto on a Gingerbred device I’m sure it’ll be on Google’s terms.
    I just hope that includes a dual GSM/CDMA phone.

  • http://Website Al McElmon

    Man, my contract ends in October and now I’ll still have to wait for this.

  • http://Website Fahad

    The next phone, for me, is a simple choice. Just get what Cyanogen gets!

    • http://Website Gee

      So true!

      But on topic, it’s CRAZY how well Motorola bounced back. We were all ready to dump Moto into the deadpool just a year ago.

  • http://Website Mehdi

    Goodbye Droid X it was a nice several months of use(Semptember-December). Hello Droid T2 it’s gonna be a hell of a ride.