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President of NVIDIA Says a “Great Tablet is Better Than a Cheap PC”

If you need any more evidence that we have moved into a post-PC era, the quote from NVIDIA President and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang should be a clear indication for you. In a revenue conference call today, Huang said that consumers know that “a great tablet is better than a cheap PC.” Not a very surprising quote considering the Tegra 3 powers many mobile devices today and NVIDIA’s graphics cards are usually implemented in higher-end PCs.

Huang also dropped numbers about how NVIDIA was doing with an increase of 13% bringing the company $1.2 billion from just this last quarter. It was mentioned that the Tegra line, was making up for the downturn in PC sales numbers. You can expect NVIDIA to be putting more effort into their mobile chips since we are anxiously awaiting the Tegra 4 to be coming in the near future.

Via: Venture Beat

  • cizzlen

    lol nvidia

  • Everyone in the comments saying that a tablet cannot do everything a laptop can do, did you think to take in consideration the price? It is possible to get a high end 4+1 Tera 3 processor with a high end display for around $200. Try doing that on a PC….you would get a crappy Laptop / desktop from years ago that could barely turn on and off let alone be able to run high end games and browse the web at blazing fast speeds!

  • cooksta32676

    Just don’t drop your PC.

  • ok

    …Any tablet is better than a crap 200 dollar netbook.
    Especially a Nexus 7.

  • Anon

    Jen-Hsun Huang has said a lot of things in his tour of nVidia. Plenty of it has been marketing spin crap. Then again, that’s the job; ours is to realize the spin for what it is.

  • nightscout13

    I dunno about that Mr. Huang. When a tablet can finally accomplish all the tasks a PC can, then we can re-evaluate.

    • why dont you stop using android tablets and get a real one running windows 8 pro…. than you will realize that tablets are better than computers…

      • nightscout13

        As far as I remember, Surface Pro will not be selling till January. Secondly, gaming will NEVER match discrete GPU performance.

  • jb

    I agree. When my parents were asking me on a deal for new laptop I talked her into getting a tablet. While she will no longer be able to run a virtual machine, watch hulu for free or transcode dvds but she wasn’t really doing these things before (I’m not sure what these “99%” of things that people are doing on laptops that tablets can’t do). On the plus side, programs will run faster, she won’t need an antivirus/antimalware and she’ll be able to use email, navigate the web and do what she wants to do without anything having to be “fixed” on a regular basis.

  • NicholasMicallef

    I disagree, or rather I don’t see the point of this argument. Even a cheap PC has advantages tablets don’t, tablets come nowhere near any PC with even a membrane keyboard and a mouse when it comes to productivity, for example. With their kind of reasoning a big gaming rig is better than anything anywhere … until you try to carry it with you…

  • that statement is only true if all you’re going to do on your pc is go on facebook and watch youtube videos. If you need to any actual work a PC is a must.

    • Cowboydroid

      What is “actual work?” Because a lot of “actual work” is done on Linux, Mac, and other OS devices as well…

      • yeh i meant pc in the general sense. As in a real computer, not a tablet. I personally use OSX for my design work and Windows 8 for everything else.

  • Dick Mangold

    Sorry, no tablet is better than a PC right now. You still cannot do 99% of what a PC can do on a tablet and without a keyword and mouse, even less.

  • Prime7

    Sure, but for the price of a “great” tablet, I can get a good PC, so that alleviates the “cheap” PC problem.

  • Post PC? HA.

    Maybe for the consumer market, but where are all those apps going to come from? Oh yeah, that’s right, the devs…who have REAL computers.

    Sure, I’m an Android fan for my phone, but the only tablet that I’ve even considered (other than the N7…which I didn’t buy for myself) is the Surface Pro.

    • Cowboydroid

      Lol, you don’t need windows to build an Android or iOS application.

  • Jarred Sutherland

    In other news, Ferrari wants you to buy a Ferrari rather than a Chevy.

    • Paul

      I think BMW saying people should buy their motorcycles over cheap cars is more equivalent to this situation. The Ferrari thing is more like Alienware saying if you want a computer device, you should go big (and expensive).

    • NicholasMicallef

      That doesn’t really make sense in this case since nVidia primarily makes GPUs for PCs (both desktop and mobile) so to a certain extent they are saying one product line is better than another product line if you don’t spend a lot on that second product line (they may be targeting Intel integrated GPUs which ARE crap though). Also, how does a Chevy even compare to a Ferrari xD.

      • Paul

        The newer Intel graphics line actually isn’t that bad – at least not for a laptop used for web browsing. Older ones couldn’t even handle farmville. I’d never buy something with it but for anyone who doesn’t game it works.

        Also, the Corvette is comparable in performance but is much more reliable. For example, it doesn’t spontaneously combust into flames like a 458 and many other previous models.

        • NicholasMicallef

          Yeah HD 4000 is a decent improvement and AMD APUs seem to offer good graphics performance, even though their CPUs are very unimpressive.

          About the cars, you’re comparing a supercar to a sports car so it’s definitely not all about performance but in a straight line you may be right but I do believe the Ferrari handles much better (not that I’ve ever had the luck to drive one xD) and has a lower 0-60 so it should beat it in most circuits. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one ;p.

          • Paul

            0-60 has very little to do with performance in anything supercar. Some have special launch control that does it for you, but that doesn’t tell you how it will perform on a track (besides the 1/4 mile, somewhat). A Lotus has a low 0-60 but isn’t quick at high speeds because it doesn’t have the power to fight the air resistance. The corvette actually is an excellent handling car and the Z06 and ZR1 have impressive times on the Nurgurbring. The Ferrari’s are in a way more stupid proof in that turning at high speed and flooring it doesn’t actually give it full gas (which make people feel it’s easier to drive fast), but having the engine behind the driver means lifting off the gas while taking a corner fast ends with spinning out and crashing. There’s even a youtube video of an Elise going around a turn behind a S2000 and you hear him lift off the throttle and instantly the lotus spins and crashes – and it wasn’t going THAT fast.

            In the end, Ferrari’s are cars that look fantastic and are overpriced as far as performance, but hold the exotic figure by being priced so high. If you are spending that kind of money and want a street legal track car, get a professionally built GTM or Ultima GTR 😉

    • feztheforeigner

      NVDIA makes parts for both computers and mobile devices, making their opinion less biased.

      They would probably still side with wherever the biggest profits are though.

      • michael arazan

        both my nvidia cards sucked, had to switch to a more pricier card to work better for pc games like cod and BF

  • rals

    Of course he would say that

  • LivinFree

    he can stop living in his pipe dream. Tablets come nowhere near close to what I’m able to do on my Pc or laptop and NEVER will. The sheep of the world need to wake up and realize the corp world doesn’t tell us what is good for our needs. Far as I’m concerned Tablet are useless piece of junk that does nothing for my needs, and with that said I’ll NEVER buy one.

    • Verizon

      Well, as long as you aren’t biased or anything.

    • JetBlue

      Nobody ever said a tablet would be able to do what a PC or laptop can do. A tablet is for games and movies and such. A computer is a whole different aspect since it can do millions of things compared to a tablet.

      • jb

        I’m sure 10 years ago people were saying the same thing about laptops…

    • Plerisei

      I would have to agree. Like, I can never understand why people play fps games on a phone or a tablet. I can barely understand why people play fps games on xbox or ps3. That’s probably because I grew up playing quake series and cod before cod hit consoles. Anything without mouse and keyboard in such games is a severe handicap. The closest thing to maybe replace a pc or a laptop is Windows Surface, and secondly an iPad, and I say that no in terms of adoption, but as far as functionality goes, windows surface is the closest thing.

      • Verizon

        I think you and LivinFree are missing the point. It isn’t really about gaming or the difference between a decent desktop/laptop and a tablet. They are comparing what most people do on a computer (surf, email, Facebook, YouTube, news, etc.) on a tablet and a cheap computer. They aren’t saying that a high end computer can be replaced by a tablet.

        Look at it this way, when people first started using laptop computers there were plenty of people who said that they would never replace the desktop. Now look at how many people own nice laptops and no desktops.

        As far as a keyboard and a mouse, you can get them and use them for plenty of tablets. It can more or less turn a tablet into a netbook/laptop.

        • jb

          The limit on what you can do on a tablet is just a limit on your imagination. Tired of not having full office on your tablet? RDP into your personal/work PC and make that presentation remotely. I think the gaming on tablets is already approaching what is on windows PC (except in variety and with some neglected genres [4X is the one I miss]) and if you really must have desktop gaming on tablet, there’s always Splashtop Gamepad THD, throw in a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you’ve got a portable gaming PC.

          • Wyveryx

            was following ya till you said

            “RDP into your personal/work PC and make that presentation remotely”

            Uhh… if you have to access a PC to work with your tablet, then you still need a PC. So that makes a tablet really nothing more than an extension of your PC, not a separate device.

  • Dan

    I want to buy a nexus 7 pretty bad, but i can’t take the plunge and spend the 200 bucks. Anyone wanna convince me?

    • U want a bigger version of ur android phone (a nexus with massive community support to hack the hell out of it) or not? yes or no, that’s it.

      • Paul

        If yes, he should also just consider selling his phone for a Note 2 instead. Then he always has it in his pocket and the screen is still quite big.

    • JMonkeYJ

      i use my N7 every day and love it. that’s well worth $200 to me.