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Eight-core smartphones ‘not enough’ suggests NVIDIA head

Luke Johnson



With the Samsung Galaxy S4 widely expected to land as the world’s first eight-core smartphone next week, industry experts have suggested that eight-core handsets are ‘not enough’ to satisfy technological and consumer demands.

Speaking at MWC 2013, Luciano Alibrandi, NVIDIA’s Director of Corporate Communications suggested that eight-core smartphones will not be enough and that “people will never be satisfied” with the CPU capabilities offered on their smartphone devices.

“It’s never enough,” Alibrandi said when questioned on the imminent jump to eight-core smartphones. “I think people will never be satisfied as there will always be something better and some new trend.”

Suggesting that consumer and developer demand is insatiable, the NVIDIA head added: “The more you provide, the more it is developed, the more people expect and want.”

Claiming that the rapid rise from single core to dual-core and quad-core handsets will not slow, Alibrandi has suggested that eight-core handsets and beyond are already on the horizon, with next week’s March 14 Samsung Galaxy S4 launch event widely tipped to see the S3 follow-on formally unveiled with the CES announced Exynos 5 eight-core CPU in tow.

“Before you one had one thing and now you have multiple devices that you use for different purposes,” Alibrandi said, claiming that the rapid rise in smartphone use will push handsets beyond the realms of eight-core processors. “The smartphone is your most personal computer. You used to have a desktop, then a laptop now you are carrying a smartphone, or maybe more than one.”

He added: “What is important to think is that this is becoming the new computing world in terms of where you need more power to do stuff as you will use it every time, every second and so you want to emulate everything you have done on your PC and try to do it here.”

Are you satisfied by the current collection of dual-core and quad-core handsets or are you already chomping at the bitt for the first eight-core smartphones and beyond? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Derek Jackson

March 6, 2013, 12:44 pm

I'm waiting for a smartphone that can double as a gaming console. The future of gaming is not just in ps4 and Xbox 720. It's about networking all these computing devices together. Apple can introduce a low cost 4000k Apple TV 'console' which can then draw on the computing power of a gamers iPhone which is controlled by a add on 'controller' with its own inherent CPU.For those that only want to watch tv with a media player the low cost console is enough. iPhone users can then wirelessly connect this giving them access to a 60" display where they can watch the apps on the big screen.Hard-core-gamers purchase a controller with additional computing power and and we end up with an equivalent of a PS4 or XBox720.Now when playing a multiplayer game on the same screen you have two iPhones sharing the workload. All the console needs to do is local rendering. When you add in the frequent upgrades of smartphones you can envision how such a device is soon going to overtake the next gen hardware of PS4 and XBox.

Of course Microsoft has windows phone and Sony is using Android.

Bjorn O. Sigurdsson

March 6, 2013, 1:42 pm

I'm not sure why you would think that Apple might introduce a "low cost" anything, certainly that has not been their style in the past.

Also don't forget Samsung, the current market leader in mobile phones and televisions. They would probably be well positioned to deliver the type of tech that you propose.

This tech convergence is both a bane and boon, as it is increasingly locking users into certain ecosystems while at the same time bringing a wildly expanded user experience.


March 6, 2013, 1:59 pm

Wow...how many problems do I see with that? How about having a console with multiple levels of computing power but, I assume, you can play all games no matter the model you have? Or how many you have? Technical nightmare.

Your smartphone (and/or tablet) already doubles as a gaming console, just check out the range of games available. But being battery powered they have a power/performance ratio to work under, so they be underpowered compared to the traditional games consoles. That said, which the increases in computering power the differences will become less and less, just like the difference between console generations.

Mhe She

March 6, 2013, 2:38 pm

I don't understand why users need powerful hardware for a smartphone. Smartphone is the new computing world but what do we do on a smartphone?

We do not write computer code or articles, do not use Engineering CAD applications or any other applications that use the latest hardware. How many of the HD games really use the latest hardware.

With PCs, heavy duty applications and games actually used the hardware. On the smartphones, it is a big waste!


March 6, 2013, 3:17 pm

I bought a Samsung Galaxy Nexus as soon as it came out, about a year and a quarter ago. At the time, it was one of the first dual core phones. However, I am now a bit frustrated as it seems to suffer a significant lag during certain activities. One of the reasons I was drawn to the Nexus was because I wanted to benefit from immediate OS upgrades. However, I think the OS has suffered some bloat over the time I have had the phone. Google Now, especially, seems to take up to a couple of seconds to initialise. Google Voice has a similar delay, as does opening up any keyboard other than the stock one.

So, I think we need more powerful phones just to deal with the bloat in software.


March 8, 2013, 2:36 pm

It seems to me as though, his comments of were extrapolated a little too much.
Nowhere in his comments did he ever say "Eight cores are not enough".
For someone who just reads the title of the post, it would seem like nvidia are planning for a 16 core chip next!

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