Quad-core Androids are now a reality, thanks to NVIDIA and its Tegra 3 processor. Announced back in November, the chip has already infiltrated the tablet market. Now we’re anxiously awaiting some quad-core smartphones, and fully expect to see such devices put on a good show at the MWC later this month. Even just seeing models like the HTC One X will be great, but it won’t be long before our attentions turn to when these quad-core phones will actually hit retail shelves. NVIDIA just delivered an earnings call to investors, where it had some good news about just that subject.
According to NVIDIA, the first quad-core Tegra 3 Android phones will start shipping sometime this quarter. Now, we don’t know just how many devices NVIDIA is talking about, but news that we won’t be waiting until summer to see the first arrive is still good to hear.
One other bit of interesting news to come out of the earnings call is that the company is working on a new system-on-a-chip that will integrate 3G and LTE radios, hopefully reducing power consumption. Presumably, we’d see both quad- and dual-core versions of this component arrive; NVIDIA says that could happen sometime later this year. It’s not clear yet just how NVIDIA will market the new chips, but for now the project is going by codename Grey.