If this year’s Mobile World Congress was a game, it would be “Need for Speed,” because everywhere we went, people were talking about faster mobile devices with high-end processors, some with as many four cores. What could you do with all that speed? How about powering an Extreme HD 1440p display, syncing audio with handwritten notes while you scribble on a tablet, or play console-quality games?
Over 60,000 people from 200 countries attended this year’s show, meeting with over 1,400 exhibitors. We spent our time scouring the show floor for the most interesting new devices and technologies. Each of our five favorite products embodies this year’s theme of pushing the envelope, either with raw power or with innovative new features and thoughtful design.
Nvidia has upped the ante again in the mobile processor race. With their quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, Tegra 3 (codenamed Kal-El) promises double the CPU performance and three times the graphics performance of today’s industry-leading Tegra 2 chip at even lower power consumption.
The faster processor should lead to new tablets with higher screen resolutions, because the chipset can output video smoothly at up to 1440p (2560 x 1600). Nvidia also demonstrated the new chip’s capacity to enhance gaming and web surfing on mobile devices. Tablets using Kal-El will hit the market as soon as August.