On Monday, Nvidia announced its first applications processor for handheld devices. The APX 2500 combines an ARM11 microprocessor core, an HD audio/video processor, and a GeForce graphics processor with OpenGL ES 2.0 and Direct3D Mobile support. Nvidia claims the product can play 720p video and render snazzy 3D user interfaces, although the company gave few details in its official press release.
However, Engadget Mobile was able to put part of that claim to the test today during a hands-on session with an APX 2500-based prototype at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The physical system is just as Nvidia pictured it, but what's more interesting is what the device can actually handle. Engadget Mobile was apparently able to play Quake 3: Arena, and it has photos to prove it. Supposedly, the APX 2500 runs the game "like a monster"—a nice way to one-up Google Android phone prototypes that only run Quake 1.
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