Qualcomm says Snapdragon 800 easily beats Nvidia's Tegra 4

By on February 27, 2013, 11:07 AM

All eyes in the mobile world are on Nvidia’s upcoming Tegra 4 processor. The hardware maker wisely showcased the chip’s performance potential this week at Mobile World Congress and it came as little surprise that the quad-core Cortex-A15 processor and 72-core GPU were able to thoroughly trounce current generation competition.

Qualcomm, the company’s biggest competitor in the market, isn’t concerned one bit. The company’s senior vice president of product management Raj Talluri told The Verge earlier today that while Qualcomm is more focused on shipping products than refuting competitors’ benchmarks, they still believe the Snapdragon 800 processor easily beats the Tegra 4.

He said Nvidia’s offering may be impressive but the 800 series chip is so much more integrated, likely due to the fact that it has an LTE modem built right into the silicon die. The new Snapdragon part can also encode and decode 4K content as evident by a demo shown to the publication on-site. If you’ve ever tried to run a 4K video on your desktop computer, you’re likely well aware of how taxing it can be.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 is already lined up for more than 50 upcoming products. The quad-core 2.3GHz chip is expected to show up in several more devices later this year. If you recall, the 600 series chip is just around the corner with phones like the HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro set to launch very soon. This year is certainly gearing up to be an exciting one for hardcore mobile enthusiasts.




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javierkaiser javierkaiser said:

Dear Mr senior vice president of product management, one product beating another is done by comparisons and benchmarks, not with words ...

Littleczr Littleczr said:

"The new Snapdragon part can also encode and decode 4K content as evident by a demo shown to the publication on-site. If you?ve ever tried to run a 4K video on your desktop computer, you?re likely well aware of how taxing it can be."

I'm skeptical, one thing is to render a 4.7 inch screen and 1440p monitor is another beast. But qualcom may have a point since I don't see many companies here in the US adopting the tegra chip.

MrAnderson said:

In the end it is about showing what each one does awfully... and who has the better sales team.

I pretty much think it matters a lot less about witch is better in the end. They are probably are both at a point where the networks and developers need to catch up with them because the expectation was not set high given LTE rollout and maybe batteries for mobile form factors.

Aside:

The Tegra 4 does 4K and outputs to a Ultra HD monitor... I'm not sure if NVidia showcased Tegra 4 on the floor the way Qualcomm has at CES (was not there). I only saw the stage announcements released on video.

JC713 JC713 said:

"The new Snapdragon part can also encode and decode 4K content as evident by a demo shown to the publication on-site. If you?ve ever tried to run a 4K video on your desktop computer, you?re likely well aware of how taxing it can be."

I'm skeptical, one thing is to render a 4.7 inch screen and 1440p monitor is another beast. But qualcom may have a point since I don't see many companies here in the US adopting the tegra chip.

Yeah only Toshiba is adopting the Tegra 4, despite the Tegra 3 being a big hit. Tesla cars use the Tegra 3 in their onboard computer, I wonder why they arent upgrading to it.

fimbles fimbles said:

Quote: . If you?ve ever tried to run a 4K video on your desktop computer, you?re likely well aware of how taxing it can be.

This may be a stupid question.. But if im watching a 4k video on a 1080p monitor as I presume most people are, Does it not "downscale" it to the lower resolution?

1 person liked this | SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

@fimbles - yes it gets downscaled to fit on your monitor, but it is processed as 4k. My system really struggles to do a 4k youtube video, but it will do a 1080 fine even though they are both being displayed on my 1080 monitor.

fimbles fimbles said:

@fimbles - yes it gets downscaled to fit on your monitor, but it is processed as 4k. My system really struggles to do a 4k youtube video, but it will do a 1080 fine even though they are both being displayed on my 1080 monitor.

Yeah I have noticed that 4k you tube videos run a little jerky sometimes myself. Which confused the hell out of me because I know I could not possibly be displaying them at 4k.

Thank you for the clarification.

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

So Qualcomm admits to Tegra 4 dismantling their Snapdragon 600? Interesting...

Guest said:

Snapdragon 800 might easily beats nvidia tegra 4, then, nvidia will response with tegra 5 that based from gforce titan that can run crysis on your phone.. (joking) :p

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Most of these new cores are mostly to boost the 4G LTE branding because right now it's not all what it was suppose to be. Still slow. So now everything is on the NPU SoC system on chip let's pack in LTE to make the everything for downloads, uploads and streaming data (they charge so much for) faster. Will this mean they'll reduce data plans I doubt it!

Right now I have their dual core on my Verizon phone, I don't even bother to use the data plan which to me cost too much to run the phone to even stream videos from netflix then watch the cost go up higher. 4G LTE not available in all areas because they need to upgrade the Cell towers from 3G to 4G LTE and they haven't played catch-up yet. If I go to the local Corp store for Verzion 4G LTE strong there.

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