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Qualcomm and Nvidia are taking turns at dissing each other’s next-gen SoCs. In the latest round of this entertaining battle, we have Qualcomm's Senior VP of Product Management, Raj Talluri, insisting that, despite any claims to the contrary by Nvidia, the Tegra 4 chip can’t hold a candle to its upcoming Snapdragon 800 processor.
Talluri recently told The Verge that he believes the Snapdragon 800 is “easily” better than Tegra 4. Despite Nvidia’s claim that the Tegra 4 with its four Cortex-A15 CPU cores and 72-core GPU is the fastest mobile processor in the world, he not only sees the Snapdragon 800 as being more powerful, but also “so much more integrated” due to the fact that it has an on-die LTE modem. Further, he seems particularly proud of the chip’s ability to encode and decode 4K UHD (3840 pixels × 2160) video.
Talluri’s response comes a few days after Tegra 4 benchmarks released by Nvidia showed the chip to be considerably ahead of the competition, including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chipset (1.9 GHz Krait 300 quad-core CPU, Adreno 320 GPU). So what he is basically saying is that the Snapdragon 800, which packs a 2.3GHz Krait 400 quad-core CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, will have no problem avenging its younger sibling’s humiliation at the hands of the Tegra 4, which incidentally also has a younger sibling of its own called Tegra 4i (2.3GHz quad-core CPU, 60-core GPU and on-die LTE).
In an interview given to TechPulse 360 earlier this month, Qualcomm’s CMO Anand Chandrashekhar had expressed a lot of confidence in the ability of the new Snapdragon chips. So much so that he said he believed Nvidia’s Tegra 4 was inferior to even the company’s Snapdragon 600, let alone the 800, which “completely outstrips it [Tegra 4] and puts a new benchmark in place.”