Feb 25 AT 1:59 PM Nick Gray 27 Comments

Tegra 4 benchmark numbers blow away competition


While the HTC One running on Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 600 SoC may be one of the most powerful Android devices expected to hit store shelves in March, NVIDIA is looking to disrupt the smartphone segment with its new Tegra 4 processor. Originally introduced at CES back in January, the quad-core A15 Tegra 4 with its 72 GPU cores is now operational inside NVIDIA’s new reference design tablet and phone (aka the Phoenix). While the Phoenix is not quite ready for daily use, NVIDIA is allowing members of the press to run benchmark tests on its Tegra 4 reference tablet.

To be clear, NVIDIA’s reference devices will most likely never be available for the general public, and NVIDIA is using them simply to show off the power of its Tegra 4 chip. We do not know if any additional tweaking has been done to the software to boost benchmark scores, but we can imagine that there will be slight variations to the numbers once benchmarks are run on production devices.

Though Tegra 4 powered devices are still 4-6 months away, the benchmark scores above clearly show that NVIDIA’s new processor is more than capable of standing up against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 and completely outclasses devices powered by Tegra 3.

Unthrottled power is great when you want to enjoy 3D games or browse the web. But NVIDIA is sure to point out that the Tegra 4 also bests its main competitor when it comes to battery life. The chart below shows that the Tegra 4 uses significantly less power than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro during video recording/playback, browsing the web, audio playback and while in standby mode. According to NVIDIA’s calculations, a Tegra 4 powered device would be able to outlast the HTC Droid DNA by 2.4 hours in a video playback test if both devices were equipped with the same 2,500 mAh battery.

NVIDIA is doing an amazing job promoting the new Tegra 4, but we’ll have to wait and see if any of the big players choose to outfit their upcoming devices with the new chip. NVIDIA has had moderate success getting the Tegra 3 inside some of the latest Android tablets, but there are still very few Tegra-powered Android phones on the market.

Are you willing to wait things out to get your hands on a Tegra 4 powered device? Or will you buy the upcoming HTC and Samsung flagship phones using Qualcomm’s integrated Snapdragon 600 SoC?

Via: Android Police

Source: Engadget

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • V6ser

    But Snapdragon has Ultra Fast charging tech…

    • elijahblake

      Also they are better about giving up source code!!! Which if you care about having a decent 3rd party ROM you should really care about.

  • txbluesman

    That is very impressive! Things just keep getting better, but harder to get into a phone and stay with it for a while cause we just want the next thing that comes out, because it is just Awesome! Oh well, what can we do?

  • Thomas Biard

    Benchmarks only tell part of the story. Especially on R&D chips that won’t make it to market for another 6-9 months and will be in devices not created by the chip manufacturer. Also, these tester devices have no concern for battery life or usability, they are strictly benchmark machines.

    All that said, I look forward to the new Tegra 4 devices as they continue to improve the tablet/phone industry with awesome processing power to backup the awesome new apps that are constantly coming to market.

    (I’m secretly looking forward to a tablet that will do CAD/Rendering and is not the Surface Pro)

  • triangle

    The T4 is impressive, but I’m not going to buy a phone just based on the processor alone.

  • Paul

    “HTC and Samsung flagship phones using Qualcomm’s integrated Snapdragon 600 SoC” Does this mean new Samsung device’s will use Qualcomm chips instead of its own Exynos? Is Samsung abandoning Exynos? The Tegra 4 looks slick, no doubt, I do think since the Ouya is nvidia based and the awesome Project Shield is nvidia based, that game manufacturers will definitely want to make sure their games work on, if not optimized for, nvidia chips. So yeah, I’m looking forward to the future of Nvidia. But I don’t want there to be any less competition, we’ve already lost TI, now it’s just down to Qualcomm, Nvidia and Samsung’s Exynos.

    • TruFactz

      And possibly Intel.

  • Vance

    it’s exciting because it shows the new standard for mobile computing. But as you and others have eluded to already, these aren’t real world scores and no one really knows when we’ll see these chips in commercial products or what the adoption rate or cost will be. I’ll take my HTC One on launch day.

  • Takeuchi

    So, Nvidia compares T4 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 instead of 800. Yes, Nvidia.. good of you to make “false” claims like you typically do in press events. Semiaccurate, Tom’s Hardware and etc are calling T4 as DOA ….. Let me know when OEMs actually release products with T4 in it. ZTE is the last remaining OEM to supposedly support T4, and yet.. even ZTE’s own MWC press event.. it was all about Snapdragon SoC devices.

    • epps720

      I think that is partially b/c the T4 won’t be ready for several months so ZTE may not be willing to wait for it.

  • swazedahustla

    Sooooooooooo….lets show benchmarks on a device that the public will never see (meaning these benchmarks are irrelevent because the devices we use won’t see these benchmarks) and then lets compare them to actual devices (running hardware that the public will actually be able to see)….and then make ourselves look good. #FAIL

    If the public won’t ever see these benchmarks, then whats the purpose? Because I have a strange feeling that T4 in a similar device to the DNA or HTC One will score alot lower in benchmarks.

  • epps720

    Sounds amazing, really hope this is true b/c I want Nvidia to be a major player in the Android scene.

    There’s no better company with all the giveaways than Nvidia!!

  • Tomas

    marketing… real devices show the power…

  • http://bodacioustripk.tumblr.com emaciscool

    How will it compare to the Snapdragon 800 and Exynos 5 Octa?

  • rpras

    Yes, need Snapdragon 800 numbers to compare. My Christmas wish (currently) is a Nexus 5 with Snapdragon 800 and global LTE bands sold in the Play store below $400.

  • www.AndroidAppsForWork.com

    Fastest phone alive….until the Galaxy S4 comes out. http://www.AndroidAppsForWork.com

  • TruFactz

    Eh, thats always been Nvidia’s model, but I do fare that itll be a good gaming processor, because developers have more of a visual prowess when it comes to a Tegra, but for all around…..nooo, nooo, noo. I have a N7 and it lets me know every time how a Tegra is: outstanding on the visual aspect, general processing – eh, battery life awesome. I think its gonna be the same thing just faster, while the others will be even faster, and do games good that a general consumer will approve of.

  • donger

    Wow. very impressive benchmarks for the Tegra4.

  • Nathan D.

    I still remember LG g2x and how much it suck so much because the processor wasn’t pair correctly with the software. But for me, it doesn’t matter as long as it runs nexus smooth.

  • Slapdragon Azz600

    the suckcessor of the flopped tegra 3?

  • PeterP

    Agree, with other comments. Qualcomm 800 needed.

    IMPORTANT, every new Tegra phone must release with FULL open source access to it’s drivers. Otherwise no matter how good the hardware, you are stuck with what you buy on day one. Qualcomm are very good with open source drivers.

  • Droidian4Life

    Definitely waiting for Tegra 4 phone.

  • chris kari

    I have a Nexus 7 with a Tegra 3 chip in it.
    Honestly I could’nt ask for anything more.
    Running today’s Android 4.2.2 it is fast enough to take on anything I can find to throw at it.
    It leaves nothing to be desired in terms of performance..
    What’s the point of even faster chip unless you are going to try to use the device as a substitute for a laptop/desktop?

  • Seiya

    Idk if you guys know but maybe this will solve the nexus LTE problem for Nexus 5 that is. Im not sure if itll be part of the 800 or not cuz if it is good luck NIVIDA


  • rey

    Um I have a Nexus 7 and some of the games optimized for Tegra 3, are kinda slow and games kinda stutter a lot. I thought the Tegra 3 was really good but I think it is mediocre!

  • rhY

    So what? As asshole phone companies continue to kick CM developers in the teeth (Samsung) the only thing that really matters is: Will it be a nexus? Whatever chip the next nexus has, that will be my phone. Unless I’m frugal and buy the old nexus.