In a recent financial report, Nvidia says its fourth generation Tegra 4 sales have dropped dramatically in Q3 2013. Tegra revenues have plummeted 54% relative to last year’s numbers, according to the company. Nvidia’s CFO Colette Kress relates the drop in Tegra sales numbers directly to lower volume shipments of the Tegra 4.
The company is losing ground to Qualcomm, who has a commanding hold on the high-end Android space. Even though Tegra 4 will be onboard Microsoft’s Surface 2 and with a large portion of Tegra chips servicing the automotive industry, the lack of sales from the Android market is really taking its tole on the company\’s Tegra business.
However, there does appear to be some good news here. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has announced that the company’s LTE hybrid Tegra 4i chip will appear in devices revealed early next year and would ship in the second quarter of 2014 at the latest. The less powerful 4i is aimed at the mainstream mobile market and will likely help the company\’s mid market sales numbers.
While AT&T has now already certified the upcoming 4i, Nvidia will turn its focus to the Tegra 4 until the new LTE edition makes it debut. After HP made use of the chip with its 21-inch Slate, according to reports Huang mentioned that he sees it appearing more regularly in full size and desktop devices, as well as continuing its push into the automotive sector and other tablets.
It’s no secret or surprise that Microsoft is preparing a successor to its hybrid Windows 8 tablet and freshly leaked details about the Surface Pro 2 have emerged just in time for you to regret the discounted Surface Pro you bought last week. According to Neowin and Paul Thurrott, the next Surface Pro will ship with improved specifications including a Hawell-based Core i5 CPU.
Shifting to Intel’s fourth-generation Core chips will obviously be snappier than existing Ivy Bridge-based Surface Pros, but they should also help improve the system’s battery life — the lack of which being a primary complaint about Microsoft’s first attempt. The Surface Pro is limited to about five hours of usage, while its follow up will reportedly provide up to seven hours.
Microsoft will also ship the Surface Pro 2 with more memory than its predecessor had at 8GB versus 4GB, though that’s as much as anyone is willing or able to share about the device’s internals. Externally, you can reportedly expect a “refined” integrated kickstand with multiple positions, while the system’s overall aesthetics should remain largely unchanged from today’s model.
As for the most important information — when it’ll be available and what it’ll cost — we don’t know and we don’t know. Neowin says Microsoft is readying a media campaign — perhaps for Christmas, which happens to be a perfectly sensible time to sell your new product, not to mention that Windows 8.1 is slated for a mid-October release (Friday the 18th if you want to mark your calendar).
As for pricing, we can’t see Microsoft getting away with charging more than it did for the original Surface Pro ($899-$999) and asking any less wouldn’t put enough of gap between generations without further reducing the cost of its older models. If a $1,000 SKU is inbound, it would be nice to see it come with a Touch/Type Cover of some sort out of the box at a discount, however slight.
Microsoft also plans to use Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC in an updated Surface RT that will simply be called the “Surface 2,” while a 7-inch “Surface mini” is expected to target the Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7 and iPad mini. With a Surface refresh, a Windows update, a new Xbox and internal restructuring that includes Ballmer’s departure, the folks in Redmond are in for a hectic holiday 2013.
via Microsoft readying Haswell and Tegra 4-based Surface 2 devices – TechSpot.