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Nvidia Shows Off The Tegra 4i Reference Smartphone On Video, Delivers Impressive Mobile Gaming Performance

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Nvidia only recently introduced its Tegra 4i processor, which pairs Tegra 4 power with integrated LTE — an Nvidia first for mobile chips — into a single system-on-a-chip. The company is now showing off the processor in action on in-house developed reference smartphone hardware called the Phoenix, which is actually present as a working model at MWC in Spain, as you can see in the video above.

The Tegra 4i is Nvidia’s attempt to bring the power of its new platform to mainstream devices, and the Phoenix, with its 5-inch, 1080p display, 13-megapixel camera and integrated LTE radio is a look at what OEM partners will be able to achieve building with the Nvidia processor as its powerhouse. The phone is also only 8mm thin thanks to the SoC’s tiny design, but it has a 60-core GPU that bests the Tegra 3 by a factor of two, while also improving battery life and web browsing compared to Nvidia’s previous generation architecture.

Android game developers and startups looking to make use of enhancements in mobile camera and video tech will probably get the biggest kick out of the Tegra 4i demo, which shows off some of its graphics processing prowess. The camera is now capable of providing instant still HDR that doesn’t have to be turned on and off, as well as HDR video and HDR panorama photos. The demo video shows off photo and video rendering, which really gives a good sense of just how good devs will be able to make media look on devices based on Nvidia’s new mobile platform.