For a while it looked as if Tegra 4 was going to be dead on arrival. While NVIDIA put on an impressive performance when it first launched the chip earlier this year, OEMs largely said “no thanks” and most passed on putting the SoC in their gear.
Fast forward to Computex in Taipei, and its a different picture. ASUS, one of the mightier OEMs, started its press conference by announcing that the Transformer Pad Infinity was getting a refresh — with Tegra 4.
The refreshed Transformer Pad Infinity will use a quad-core Tegra 4 chip clocked at 1.9 GHz, 2GB RAM and a 72-core GPU. Its rear-camera will shoot at 5 megapixels while its front camera has 1.2 megapixels. It has a 10.1-inch LED backlit IPS display that can push 2560×1600 pixels with 178-degree maximum viewing angle. NVIDIA claims that it can support 4K video on an external display (if there was any use for it) via HDMI.
When docked, the tablet will have an additional battery, a touchpad, USB 3.0 and an SD card reader. ASUS plans to offer the tablet in 16, 32 and 64GB versions.
While ASUS is showing it has some degree of faith in NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 by putting that SoC in the new Transformer Pad Infinity, it does come with a caveat — the LTE version of the device ships with Snapdragon’s S4 chip. Until NVIDIA gets its baseband issues sorted, Snapdragon will snap up devices that could be NVIDIA powered.
ASUS has not firmed out release or pricing details.
Here’s a close-up of the new Transformer Pad Infinity: