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CES 2011: NVIDIA Tegra Chip Powers Pair Of New Phones

We’re all used to hearing about computers coming with dual, quad and even octo-cores, but are you ready for your phones to pick up more serious horse power?  Well, NVIDIA is about to test the waters of releasing this sort of technology to cell phones with its Tegra chip, the first dual-core chips built specifically for cell phones.

“Real super phones require real super chips,” said Ben Barjarin, Principal at Creative StrategiesInc. “The new super phones being unveiled at CES will become an essential mobile computing device. And Tegra delivers these mobile computing capabilities for super phones better than anything else on the market.”

Just how powerful will these phones be?  Can you imagine playing video games from your phone against people on a desktop PC?  How about making high definition video calls from an Android tablet via Skype?  All of that is possible with the Tegra chip and more.

The first phone to feature the new technology will be the LG Optimus 2X which will feature:

  • 4-inch WVGA screen
  • 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • HDMI mirroring
  • 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording

“We’ve entered the super phone era,” said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “People are looking at their mobile device as a computer first and a phone second. Tegra’s brought the super phone to another level with new mobile experiences that haven’t been possible before.”

We can’t say we exactly disagree with this.  When phones are running dual-core processors, is there any line left between your phone and a full-fledged computer?  Yes, there is some, but that separation sure is becoming a narrower and narrower divide.

What say you?  Are you ready for dual-core phones?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...