It’s no longer a secret that Nvidia has lost a very important battle against the likes of Qualcomm, MediaTek or Samsung due mostly to the high cost of the new Tegra 4 platform, but the mobile processing war is not over.
Tegra 4i is coming and should be much more in demand than the company’s current chips, plus Tegra 4 might not be completely defeated yet. A mysterious Acer tablet likely sporting said chip has been spotted in a NenaMark 2 benchmark and is probably to be released soon to join the new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, HP’s Slatebook x2 and Toshiba’s Excite Pro and Write.
This Acer slate carries a very convoluted model number (TA272HUL), but it’s likely to be marketed under the Iconia Tab moniker. Aside from the Tegra 4 CPU (which is clocked at 1.8 GHz, by the way), the thing appears to be rocking a stunning display with a mind-blowing resolution of 2,560 x 1,344 pixels.
The gadget also runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but the odd thing is the actual NenaMark 2 result is fairly average – 54.70 fps. NenaMark, for those of you who don’t know, is a very popular tool that measures the GPU (graphics processing unit) performance of a device.
Results above 60 fps are very rare in NenaMark, but the Nexus 10 for instance, which is a good eight months old, scores around 55. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 easily goes above the 58 mark, as does the Tegra 3-based Asus Transformer Prime (launched in 2011).
All that considered, should we assume the spanking new GeForce GPU going with the Tegra 4 CPU is unable to stand up to GPUs launched in 2011 or 2012? Probably not, as this is a benchmark of a pre-release unit of the Acer tablet, but still, it’s not looking good for Nvidia. Not looking good at all.
Update: Ahem, what was I saying? That things aren’t looking good for Nvidia? Not so fast. The Acer TA272HUL has been tested through PassMark as well, where it managed to top the charts. The average score is a nice 4,533 and here you can see it compared with the “top 10 common devices”.
And now here’s how the score compares with the zippiest Android gadgets of today. How about that for an unexpected turn of events?