It has been more than a month since Nvidia announced its brand new Tegra 4 SoC and the gaming console that runs Android OS called Project Shield. When the two products were unveiled the question was whether the company will start manufacturing other devices as well, such as tablets and smartphones. However, Nvidia mentioned that those kinds of handsets are not included in its plans at the time. Still, it would be nice to see how an Nvidia phone would look like.
It appears that he company did develop an Android phone of its own called the Nvidia Phoenix. The smartphone has a 5-inch display and it was showed off at Mobile World Congress. But why develop a handset (which can easily be a rival for other smartphones like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4, the Sony Xperia Z or the HTC One) if you did pan to make it in the first place?
The main plan of Nvidia is to provide its Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i SoC to as may OEMs as possible because now there are a lot of alternatives in the industry. The company might let the smartphone and tablet developing for some other time.
Then what is the Nvidia Phoenix? The device is probably only a concept sporting the Tegra 4, a device that can be sued by OEMs as a model to build their own smartphones. Therefore, the Phoenix probably won’t be available for purchase, at least for now. The Nvidia Phoenix has a 5-inch screen with a pixel resolution of 1080p, it’s powered by the Tegra 4i with support for LTE. It also sports a 13 MP camera and runs Android OS. If we look at the specs, the Phoenix has the same hardware as any high-end device released in 2013.
The phone is quite thin and it’s made of plastic, which is not a big deal because Nvidia is concerned about the performance of its SoC rather that the case quality of the handset itself. The company stated that the retail units from its partners will be even thinner, thus Nvidia has found some OEMs that will include the new chip in their devices.
The Nvidia Phoenix is still at its beginnings, so it doesn’t have the smoothness of other flagships. However, things will certainly be improved as the company is interested in showing the OEMs that its chips are a good solution for future smartphones.
The Phoenix might have a chance to hit the store, but only with another branding such as the mobile network made smartphones. But this is just a guess.
As the company said, there will be some smartphones sporting the Tegra 4 and the Tegra 4i. The question is how soon they will be released on the market and at what price?