Wow: Hands-on With NVIDIA Tegra Prototype Device
As the show floor is clearing out here in San Francisco, one product remains hidden in the depths of the vast meeting room farms. That product would probably have won an award from us for the show, had it not been a developer’s prototype. This small handheld mobile internet device is able to play back 720p video on a big-screen LCD, display Web pages and photos and more all in a 3D user-interface that is the most impressive we’ve ever seen out on a mobile device. And it’s not made by Apple. We spent some time meeting with Opera, who showed us the fruits of a new partnership it and NVIDIA have to develop mobile internet devices. Last week, both companies announced that Opera would be the packaged browser with devices powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra processor. For the first time we were actually able to see a device output 720p to a television with our own eyes, instead of seeing it written in press releases. And of course while there’s no announcement dates for this product yet–or one like it–we should be expecting theem in 2009. The prototype we saw included a 600-MHz ARM11 processor and GeForce GPU and is based on Windows CE. Check out what this device was able to do in our hands-on video. Its graphics and multitasking power is unparalleled, and we can’t wait to see this technology show up in real shipping MIDs. We expect to learn and see more at CES and GSMA.