The folks over at Slashgear had an opportunity to try out the new Nvidia Tegra 4 processor which is currently being used in the Phoenix Developer Platform. To clarify, the Phoenix Developer Platform is just that a device running an early build of the hardware that offers developers the opportunity to check out the state of the platform, and produce content for it.
That being said, don’t expect to see a commercial release of the Pheonix devices, because they’re just prototypes if you will. Also, understand that these benchmarks and demonstrations are not exactly indicative of the final product.
The Tegra 4i is being used in the Pheonix device, and although there are some things that still need to be ironed out with the platform, the testing results are quite impressive. It’s essential to note that the following videos from Slashgear show off the Tegra 4i in action, running on incomplete software.
Real Boxing: amazing appeal
In this first video, we get to see a demonstration of Real Boxing being played with the Phoenix device. Again, the game is currently under development and does not accurately portray the finished product. Even so, it’s hard to deny the tremendous appeal of the game and how it runs on a Tegra 4 device. Ouch, you can just feel all the power in those hits.
This next video shows off the game Zombie Driver being played on an undisclosed tablet, which is clearly running a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. The game is being played with a Xbox controller that’s been connected to the tablet.
Tegra 4's Awesome Visuals
If you’ve ever played Zombie Driver on a Tegra 3 platform before, then you already know what kind of dramatic particle effects, and excessive detail it has. It has been revamped and improved for use with Tegra 4 devices, and as you can see from the video, the visuals are much better. Just take a look at that framerate!
This final video shows off power consumption ratings of the Tegra 4 chipset under demanding conditions. Of course, this is a developer setup, so things are subject to change and may differ in the commercial release. Still, it’s good to see such powerful hardware making supremely efficient use of energy.
Of course, those benchmarks and video demonstrations all involve real world scenarios. I know that all the extreme techies out there would rather see benchmarking figures. Luckily, a few images are available, offering up some more specific testing results.
When to get your hands on Tegra 4
It’s going to be a while until we see the Tegra 4 commercially available. We probably won’t start seeing the first devices equipped with a Tegra 4 until much later this year, if not the beginning of next year. In the meantime, we’ll have to make do with Tegra 3 devices for now, but it’s good to see that Nvidia is genuinely working hard on their next iteration. It will certainly be fascinating to see how the Tegra 4 holds its own against Qualcomm and Exynos chipsets, when they are all finally on the market.
Check out the original Slashgear post, where you’ll find a gallery of images to peruse and more detailed information on all the benchmarking procedures.