One piece of news from HTC's event at Mobile World Congress that has everyone excited is the word that the HSPA+ versions of the HTC One X will feature the NVIDIA 4-PLUS-1 architecture Tegra 3 CPU. The rest of the specs for the One X are impressive, you can't just ignore 32GB of internal storage and a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass HD display by any means, but the star of the show is the Tegra 3 brain of HTC's next flagship device.
HTC has long used Qualcomm processors in their handsets, in both Android and Windows versions. Many expected to see news about the S4 Snapdragon announced last October making it's way into a device,
and while we can't rule that out in 2012 we're going to have to wait for another day to see if it happens and the LTE version of the One X carries such a beast. Today's news, however, is just as good (if not better in many ways) as the Tegra 3 is one hot performer. With four high speed (1.5GHz for the version in the One X) CPU cores, 12 GeForce GPU cores, and a fifth low power companion CPU core the Tegra 3 chews through things like game graphics, HD video, and web browser rendering while being ultra power efficient at the same time thanks to the 4-PLUS-1 architecture design. The companion core sips power and controls things like background processes and UI rendering while the device isn't under heavy load, and the four high-power cores are ready to kick into gear when needed to provide the maximum user experience. Anyone with an ASUS Transformer Prime can tell you, NVIDIA has hit the mark with their System on Chip design.
What this means for the One X is power and performance that we've never seen before in a smartphone, combined with (hopefully) excellent battery life. HTC has taken a beating for less than stellar battery life, and while it may be deserved in some cases the fact remains that to do all the things we ask our phones to do is going to take a lot of juice. The more we expect, the more battery power it's going to take. With the Tegra 3, HTC aims to strike a balance between the performance customers want, and the time away from the charger that we need. It remains to be seen if they will fully succeed, but any improvement is a good thing and I like the direction HTC is heading. Using the best available technology to lengthen time between charges is a welcome idea and we can't wait to give it a try. The NVIDIA press release is after the break.
NVIDIA Delivers Quad-Core Performance in New HTC One X
BARCELONA, Spain—Feb. 26, 2012—NVIDIA today announced that its NVIDIA®Tegra® 3 mobile processor, the world’s only 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core processor, is powering the new HTC One™ X unveiled at Mobile World Congress. The smartphone represents the first collaboration between the two companies.
The NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor features a unique 4-PLUS-1 quad-core architecture that delivers outstanding performance and exceptional battery life. It does this by progressively powering on each of its four main CPU cores as they’re needed for increasingly more demanding tasks, and relying on its fifth battery saver core for less demanding tasks and active standby mode. Tegra 3’s 12-core GPU enables consumers to enjoy console-quality gaming, as well as 1080p HD video capabilities unlike anything seen before on a smartphone.
“The HTC One X with Tegra 3 provides an experience that consumers will absolutely love,” said Kouji Kodera, Chief Product Officer at HTC. “We knew our next super phone had to be fantastic. That’s why we chose to work with NVIDIA.”
“HTC has quickly become one of the world’s most innovative makers of mobile devices,” said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “The HTC One X exemplifies what we've come to expect from one of the world's top phone makers.”
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented theGPU in 1999. Today, its processors power a broad range of products from smart phonesto supercomputers. NVIDIA’s mobile processors are used in cell phones, tablets and auto infotainment systems. PC gamers rely on GPUs to enjoy spectacularly immersive worlds. Professionals use them to create visual effects in movies and design everything from golf clubs to jumbo jets. And researchers utilize GPUs to advance the frontiers of science withhigh-performance computing. The company holds more than 2,300 patents worldwide, including ones covering ideas essential to modern computing. For more information, seewww.nvidia.com.
Founded in 1997, HTC Corp. (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by HTC Sense™, a multilayered graphical user interface that vastly improves user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.