Published: February 15, 2013 3:01 PM
By Régis Jehl
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
Although unveiled at the CES tech show in Las Vegas back in January, Nvidia's new Tegra 4 mobile processor may not be available until late summer 2013.

The news comes straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak, as Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang himself said that the Tegra 4 will only realistically become available to handset-makers in July. We can therefore expect to see the first devices built with this new SoC coming through several weeks later—no doubt at the IFA trade show in Berlin in September.

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The Nvidia Project Shield games console will run on a Tegra 4 chip.

This late release effectively leaves the way clear for Samsung (Exynos 5 Octa) and Qualcomm (Snapdragon 600) to make inroads into the market with their own new high-end mobile processors. Plus, the news comes amid rumours that smartphone and tablet makers are feeling a little apprehensive about adopting the Tegra 4. In fact, Toshiba is apparently the only manufacturer so far that's keen to build a tablet with the Tegra 4 onboard.

It also turns out that the new Full HD Nexus 7 tablet, built by Asus and Google, will use a Qualcomm processor rather than the Tegra 3 seen in the current Nexus 7.

Note that Nvidia's Project Shield Android gaming console isn't expected to surface before September either, which is only logical seeing it runs on the firm's Tegra 4 processor.

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