This week Asus announced the Asus Transformer Prime, the first NVidia Tegra 3 quad-core tablet. This tablet was very hyped for two reasons. One it was the follow up to the ever so popular original transformer, and because it had Tegra 3 inside. With Tegra 3 inside how much more power will we get, will it affect battery life, and will it really make a difference? We will take you step by step through the differences between Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 to see if it really matters?
To see these cores in action watch a few videos below that NVidia put out on YouTube showing what they can really do:
Also take a quick look at the fifth companion core:
Now let’s talk about a very sensitive topic when it comes to battery life with android. Battery life isn’t always known to be the best out there, but this is going to change. This may seem like a paradox that when you get more power you actually get better battery life, but it is true. Battery life is improved over a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. This is because the cores run at lower frequencies and less power. This works because the workload is spread out between the cores and each core will only run as little as possible. If there is a resource intensive website being loaded, the work will be split between cores.
To compare if you were working in construction and you had to move a large and heavy steel pipe by yourself, you would struggle moving it far because you would run out of energy. Now say you got a few co-workers to help you take the load and spread it out evenly you could move it further without having to rest. Same thing with the processor, the load is spread out allowing you to last on one charge longer.
This is proven with the Asus Transformer prime where you get about 12 hours of battery life over Xoom running Tegra 2, which last about 8-10 hours.
Tegra 3 also gives you better 1080p playback, 3x higher bandwidth memory, better HD audio, and 2-6x faster storage. Tegra 3 will also provide you the ability to connect controllers from XBOX 360, PS3, Wii, Logitech, and more. Not only can you use the controllers to control the games on the tablet, from Tegra Zone. Providing you have a 3D TV compatible with HDMI 1.4 or above you can watch and play in 3D using NVidia’s 3D Vision tech. Play Tegra Zone games, 3D YouTube videos, and 3D vision live website all in the 3D on the big screen using HDMI 1.4 or above.
So, to answer the question from the title, yes quad-core does really matter and it will make a huge difference is the mobile world. This is a huge performance over Tegra 2 and it will surely improve the way you use tablets greatly. Tegra is taking a huge lead in mobile processors but will a QUALCOMM snapdragon s4 chip cut the glory of the NVidia Tegra 3 short?
Visit here for Tegra 3’s official NVidia website.