Nvidia shows off uses of a Tegra 4 SoC -

Nvidia has been busy at Berlin's IFA Consumer Electronics Show trying to convince the world+dog that its Tegra 4 SoC should get a life away from its own Shield gaming handheld.

It was using Asus's Tegra 4-powered Transformer Pad TF701T just and Xiaomi's 5-inch Mi3 Android smartphone as a case in point.

The new Mi3 has a 5-inch IPS display with a full HD 1080p resolution, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of on-board storage and a 13MP camera.

It then uses the Tegra 4, with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU and 72 GeForce GPU it had some positive reviews from those who saw it at the Berlin show. The device reportedly supports full 4K HD video playback which is just what you need from a five inch screen.

Nvida has been saying that the Mi3 will retail for the equivalent of $327 for an unlocked phone but will not be available in the US.

However, Sony is planning a similar offering in the US so the tech will get out there eventually.

Still with 64GB of storage, a 5-inch display and one the fastest ARM-based SoCs it is certainly better than anything else that is on the market for that price.

It is not as if Nvidia is getting everything its own way. There will be a version of the MiPhone 3 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz, whereas the Tegra 4 version will be clocked at 1.8GHz.

The new ASUS Transformer Pad features a 10.1-inch high-performance IGZO-TFT display with reduced energy consumption and a very wide color gamut. The 2560 x 1600 WQXGA resolution gives an extraordinarily sharp image, while IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology ensures accurate color reproduction, wide 178-degree viewing angles and excellent daylight visibility.

Powered by an Tegra 4 processor with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU and a 72-core GeForce GPU, the new ASUS Transformer Pad is designed for HD movies and the Android games. Miracast wi-fi video streaming means the new ASUS Transformer Pad can mirror its display to a compatible HDTV for big-screen entertainment without cables, while a wired HDMI connection can drive a 4K Ultra HD display for truly immersive enjoyment.

The machine has a front 1.2-megapixel camera for video chat and a rear 5-megapixel camera that captures full-resolution photos while shooting simultaneous 1080p Full HD video.

An ASUS press statement said that the Transformer Pad is perfect for on-the-go entertainment, thanks to a metallic design that's just 8.9mm thick and weighs 585g. The Transformer Pad lasts for two full working days between charges.

It also comes with Miracast wi-fi video streaming which means the Transformer Pad can mirror its display to a compatible HDTV for big-screen entertainment without cables, while a wired HDMI connection can drive a 4K Ultra HD display.

The show seems to indicate that Nvidia does have a few clear customers, but at the moment the Tegra 4 is still making baby steps.