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NVIDIA: A Great Tablet is Better than a Cheap PC

Category: Mobile
Posted: 08:42AM

While NVIDIA's Kepler-powered GeForce cards are enjoying a healthy ratio of profitability since its release, its mobile division isn't doing too bad, either. In fact, based on NVIDIA's latest analyst earnings call CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said a very telling statement that could indicate the chip manufacturer's future plans on hardware: "A great tablet is better than a cheap PC." Granted, its discrete graphic card earnings totaled 70 percent of NVIDIA's overall profit, but the company's record of $1.2 billion in revenue and $209.1 million income were also the result of its hefty investments in its mobile segment - namely, its quad-core Tegra 3 mobile processor. The Tegra 3 chips have been ubiquitous mainstays in recently-released Android-powered devices, and are also found in a few of Microsoft's Windows RT tablets. NVIDIA certainly has no plans of slowing down its mobile development either, as its upcoming processor is expected to channel the strengths of 4G LTE, and will no doubt further advance mobile gaming capabilities as well. Still, this doesn't really mean that even recent low-end PCs aren't worth your dime, as multitasking and a more robust feature set can be easily had with these, and aren't as well-defined on tablets. 

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masterbinky on November 12, 2012 09:22AM
I think hardware wise, yeah you have alot more value in the tablets vs similarly priced PCs, especially with the nice screen types/resolution that tablets have been getting. Really though, there's no reason you can't have a Tegra 3 based PC that's size is limited to how many connectors you're trying to plug in.

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