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NVIDIA Tegra 4 Tipped for Q1 2013 Release

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We have only just begun to see the first devices rocking NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor start to roll out and already we have word about the release of the company’s next-generation Tegra 4 processor.

According to a leaked road map courtesy of Chinese site VR-Zone, by way of Engadget, we have learned that the NVIDA’s Tegra 4 chip might start to arrive in devices by Q1 of 2013.

As the report points out, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has said that the company will be releasing a new Tegra chip every year and this rumored release date fits nicely into a yearly cycle.

We saw the first Tegra 3 smartphones arrive in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The HTC One X, HTC’s first quad-core powered smartphone, was released in Europe earlier this month while the first quad-core tablet, the Asus Transformer Prime, arrived on shelves months ago.

There will apparently be four variations of NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor and all of them will include a quad-core ARM Cortex A15 infrastructure.

Their speeds will apparently be clocked from 1.2GHz to 2.0GHz and there will be support for 4G LTE.

As of right now, there are no quad-core devices on the market that feature 4G LTE speeds.

Right now, it’s unclear exactly when NVIDIA will be showcasing its new processor but you can bet that an unveiling will likely come at one of the major trade shows that happen in Q1 and include CES in Las Vegas in January and Europe’s Mobile World Congress.

Too soon to care about Tegra 4?