NVIDIA just showed off their Tegra 4i reference phone yesterday. It's effectively a NVIDIA branded smartphone using their Tegra 4i mobile chipset with on-board LTE. It's called the The Tegra 4i Phoenix reference and phones based upon the specs will be launched in Q1 of next year. Here's a quote with a few more interesting details,
The Tegra 4i Phoenix reference design is a very slim device measuring 7.9mm thin. Its width is 72mm and height is 138mm.
The handset carries the name ‘brand’ on the back, which will be replaced by manufacturers names in actual retail devices. It’s got a 4.8-inch 720p screen and a 13-megapixel camera, and the Tegra 4i is paired to 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM. The ‘brand’ phone comes in three models with 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.
Best of all the Nvidia Tegra 4i ‘brand’ phone will cost less than today’s flagships coming in at around $300 to $400 without a carrier subsidy, and there will be an even cheaper Tegra 4i phones going as low as $200.
We these prices, in 2014 we could see the entire landscape change for what it means to have a smartphone. This aggressive technology push driving down prices reminds me of the PC industry. Pretty soon we will have ultra-powerful spec'ed phones at ultra-affordable prices.