NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor (specs in image above) received an update—and now it is usable with Android OS 4.1 (Jellybean). Some of the devices that use the Tegra 3 processor include the HTC One X+ and the LG Optimus Vu smartphones, along with the Google Nexus 7, ASUS Transformer Pad (TF300) and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) tablets.
One of the unique things about the Tegra 3 processor update is its 4+1 quad-core capability—four cores to take on the graphical demands of your device whether you’re watching videos or playing games, and an additional fifth low-power or “shadow” core that only kicks in when you’re doing something that doesn’t need the power of the other four cores, such as browsing the web or viewing photos. In addition, each core can open and close individually depending on how graphically demanding your tasks are. This also saves the battery power of the device, something that is a concern to most smartphone and tablet users, as heavy users tend to either frequently charge their devices through a wall charger or use various portable chargers.
The TegraZone, where people can download and install games that utilize NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor, receives over four million daily visits, has a four-star rating in the Android Market, and has 40+ titles out now and another 50 in the works. It also has user loyalty, as users re-visit every three days on average. So if you’re fond of playing high-quality games on your mobile device, you might want to invest in a device with NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor.