We all know it’s true, there is not a perfect smartphone out there yet. Chances are, there never will be. No phone can please everyone, but some get pretty close. Two phones I’ve used recently that I enjoyed more then most other phones are the Nexus 6 and the Galaxy Note 4. Both bring a lot to the table, but each have something that I’m not a fan of. The Nexus 6 has mediocre battery life and a less then stellar display, when it’s dim at least. The Note 4 has software I’m not a fan of and hardware features I’m not that big a fan of. On the other hand, each has something I love. The Note 4 has the S-Pen, and the Nexus 6 has pure Android. So why can’t I have both of these features that I love so much on a single device? Well, it’s already been done in the tablet space.
The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet is a showcase for the NVIDIA K1 processor, but it’s also an amazing little tablet. It has a near-stock build of Android Lollipop which I love, and also a built in stylus just like Samsung’s Note lineup. It’s exactly what I want, but why can’t it be a phone? I think that is something NVIDIA should do next because it would be an amazing device.
NVIDIA certainly has the capability to deliver a high-quality smartphone experience if they take the principles from the SHIELD tablet and put them into the smaller form factor. In fact, they’ve sort of already done it.
Back at MWC 2013, NVIDIA showed off a smartphone named the “Phoenix” as a reference platform for OEMs using their Tegra 4i SoC. While it never hit retail, the device showed that NVIDIA could be good at making a phone if they wanted to be. A phablet device would suit the gaming audience that NVIDIA usually targets. It would be a ideal combination of what, at least in my opinion, are the two best Android phones on the market right now.
Unfortunately, I don’t really see this happening. In mid-2014, NVIDIA’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang said that NVIDIA has already moved away from the smartphone market as a chip supplier. So for now, it doesn’t make sense for them to make a phone. However they could change that down the road. If NVIDIA decides to make a new chip that is designed specific for smartphones, the company couldn’t choose a better way to showcase that chip then on a SHIELD branded smartphone.
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