Nvidia is a renowned brand when it comes to PC GPUs but for the past few years, the company started emphasizing on the burgeoning mobile devices market. Needless to say, they’ve tasted decent success there too with Tegra chips and it seems this year will be better with the launch of the world’s first quad-core Tegra 3 processor. We managed to get a brief hands on the devices at CES early this month.
Windows 8 Tablet: It’s just a prototype but the interesting fact is that Tegra 3 can run Windows 8 flawlessly. Nvidia demoed the tablet showing Windows’ Metro UI as well as outputting 1080p HD video.
Acer Iconia Tab A510: It’s a follow up to Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 and is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip. It features a 10.1-inch screen (1280×800) and seemed fast and responsive.
Asus Transformer Prime: Undoubtedly, the best Tegra 3 tablet (at least for now). Its sleek, has a metallic chassis and is blazingly fast like Acer’s offering. The keyboard addon transforms it as a decent laptop alternative.
As I said, this year will be an interesting one for Nvidia as they’re vying to bring the high-end Tegra 3 performance to entry-level tablets. Asus promised to bring a 7-inch Tegra 3-powered tablet running Android 4.0 for just $249.
Tegra 3-powered smartphones will also make its way in 2012 but Nvidia refrained to shed any more details on them.