Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has never been afraid to speak his mind, and this article over at CNet News contains some interesting tablet-related comments Huang made after Nvidia’s earnings conference call.
Huang reportedly compared upcoming Android tablets that will employ Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip to Apple’s iPad, saying the Android offerings will “give you the benefit of higher performance and much, much better multitasking and better graphics.” He declined to share any specific performance details, so the true impact of Tegra 2 on the slate computing experience remains to be seen. Regardless, it’s difficult to deny that 2011 will be a very interesting year in the realm of the tablet.
The CEO also had some strong opinions about the impact of slates on conventional PCs, predicting that tablets “will be quite disruptive to notebooks and entry-level desktops.” Including desktops in the list of products threatened by upcoming iPad competitors seems bold, considering the desktop experience differs significantly from that of notebooks and tablets.
Oh, and it wouldn’t be Jen-Hsun Huang if he didn’t take an overt swipe at the competition. He acknowledged that competing against the iPad will be a challenge and that current offerings haven’t been up the task:
Look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It’s a tablet that uses a phone operating system on a large display. A tablet is not a large phone.