Tegra 2 tablets will outperform the iPad, says Nvidia’s Huang

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.


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    • poulpy
    • 9 years ago


    • Hattig
    • 9 years ago

    Oh wow, the mythical Tegra 2 chip will outperform the very real chip that Apple have been using since the iPad was released six months ago.

    It’s not like Apple won’t be upgrading the processor in the iPad sometime early next year when they do the product refresh. That will probably fall into the same timeframe as the Tegra 2 products actually arrive.

    • tviceman
    • 9 years ago

    I wonder if future Tegras going to be powerful enough by 2013-2014 to run in next-gen xbox or ps3.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    Yeah I haven’t seen one in the wild, but judging by that scathing Gizmodo review, that Galaxy Tab is just… all wrong.

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    Maybe they should get some products out the door before talking smack. They’ve been promising Tegra 2 for how long now?

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    I’m just waiting for him to say NV is going to open a can of whoopass on Apple 🙂

    • glynor
    • 9 years ago

    I would hope it would outperform the first-gen A4, which has been shipping in actual… you know… products, /[

    • jjj
    • 9 years ago

    You shouldn’t look at Tegra as mostly tablet.Huang said in the call that the phone business will be bigger than the tablet business for Tegra.

      • YeuEmMaiMai
      • 9 years ago

      They are going to have a hard time competing against qualcom in this area……cayse just about every phone out there worth anything uses them

    • ltcommander.data
    • 9 years ago

    It looks like any Tegra 2 tablet will be competing against the iPad 2, which will no doubt use a faster SoC and address some of the complaints of missing features like a video camera, so being too focused on comparisons between unreleased future Tegra 2 tablets against the current iPad may not be very helpful in the end.

    EDIT: Seems I’m a little slow pressing post message.

    • adisor19
    • 9 years ago

    Outperform the iPad 1, yes. Outperform the iPad 2, probably not.


      • plasticplate
      • 9 years ago

      And u know this exactly how? All we can do at this point is just speculate based upon past products and based on tegra 1, i would say that he might me right. Even though i dont like JHH (He strikes me as a condescending douche), tegra IS a good performer.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 9 years ago

      I thought the exact same thing when I saw the headline.

      • SPOOFE
      • 9 years ago

      Eh; I think Apple’s products have proven that “raw performance” isn’t the only metric by which these products are judged. For instance, I would say that battery life is starting to become more important to most people.

        • trackerben
        • 9 years ago

        And not just runtime but the overall experience, most importantly apps. Ipad performance is already good enough, it’s hard to see how faster processing would make the “finger experience” feel any better. Tablets are mainly for web and media consumption, if you’re doing anything more industrial you’ll be working on a traditional PC anyway.

        That said, there are people who would like to output 1080p video and something like tegra2 would be welcome in this niche case.

          • esterhasz
          • 9 years ago

          Yeah, it’s all about software, integration, execution, and experience. If the iPad is currently underpowered, it’s in the RAM department. The need for more GPCPU power in the future may come from higher res displays though. The current pixel per inch situation on the iPad display is OK but far from perfect, especially for reading, and if you think about iPhone 4 like pixel density – or at least a doubling of the current 1024×768 – this would be a lot of pixels to push indeed, especially if you take gaming into the equation.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago

    Jen-Douche more like it.

      • ClickClick5
      • 9 years ago

      He strikes me as a media whore.

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