We already know the Nexus 3 is coming out towards the end of the year, probably around the time Google releases Ice Cream Sandwich. However, we still have no idea what CPU will power the device. We’ve been trying to figure out which chip will get the honors, and so far NVIDIA’s Quad-core Tegra 3 seems to be the most likely candidate.
Well, we just got one more reason to believe that Tegra 3 will be the chosen platform for the Nexus 3. At NVIDIA’s earnings call yesterday, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang hinted at a possible partnership with Google for the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, saying:
... we're working very closely with Google on Ice Cream Sandwich, and it's a very important new generation of operating system based on starting from the Honeycomb base and I'm expecting it to be really terrific. And so we're working very closely with the Google team, and Tegra will be surely be wonderful for Ice Cream when it comes.Jen-Hsun HuangCEO of NVIDIA
In another instance, Jen-Hsun Huang implied that we could see devices powered by Tegra 3 and Ice Cream Sandwich released later this year:
We're really excited about the work that they're doing on Ice Cream. And I can't comment too much more other than that, but we're working very closely with their teams on the Ice Cream Sandwich. And as all of these products -- they will come to the market when they're great, and I'm certainly expecting them to be great on this year.Jen-Hsun HuangCEO of NVIDIA
The pieces are starting to fall together, folks, and we couldn’t be more excited about what the outcome might be. In case you’re wondering why we’re making such a big fuss about Tegra 3, allow me to briefly remind you the reasons why that is:
- World’s first mobile quad-core CPU
- New 12-Core NVIDIA GPU with support for 3D stereo
- Support for Extreme HD at a 2560 x 1600 resolution
- 5x faster than the Tegra 2
As an Android enthusiast, if that’s not enough to get you heart going I don’t know what could. What do you guys think? Do you want the Nexus 3 to be powered by Tegra 3? Or would you rather have Qualcomm or TI get the honors? Let us know in the comments.