Most Android smartphones sold in the US this year will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, but next year should be a different story. NVIDIA will finally have a mobile chip with integrated LTE, called Tegra 4i, and their next generation chip codenamed Logan (aka Tegra 5) will offer a mobile GPU that is “multiple years ahead of the competition.”
This week at their Annual Investor Day, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed off what Logan could do by running a demo of Battlefield 3 and comparing it with the latest generation iPad. Logan is NVIDIA’s first mobile chip that features their Kepler GPU architecture, which supports DirectX 11 graphics.
The demo is quite impressive, but keep in mind we won’t see Tegra 5 in mobile devices for at least another year. Right now, we are still waiting on the first Tegra 4 device, Project Shield, to ship. NVIDIA says that they had originally planned to ship Tegra 4 by now, but they intentionally delayed the chip so they could put more resources on integrating LTE in Tegra 4i, and bring their Kepler GPU architecture to mobile.
It’s a shame we have to wait, but the hold-up should be worth it if I can play Battlefield 3 and other PC-class games on my mobile device sooner rather than later.