Quark Smartphone: Nvidia's iPhone Crusher

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True video iPod or iPhone killer? To be honest, Nvidia's Quark smartphone has the makings of both. Unfortunately, it's only a concept, but if this is the ace up Nvidia's sleeve, we're psyched. First off, the Quark is a smartphone with a 3-inch touch-screen display. Aside from the power/hold switch, there are no moving buttons on this baby. Media-wise, it can play videos, music, and double as your digital photo album thanks to a 3MP camera that sits on the backside. Sounds cool, but you're probably wondering—where does Nvidia fit into the picture? Well. . .

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This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

The processor behind this concept phone is the GoForce 6100, a chip that Nvidia reps told me marries a GPU and CPU into one. House the 6100 inside a smartphone and you have enough horsepower to make every mobile out there weak in the knees. Nvidia says that the Quark is just the tip of the iceberg as to the kind of devices the 6100 can power. I say—if this is a sign of what's to come, I can't wait for the future.

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First, thank you for not putting up the Deep Space Nine picture that we all KNEW you wanted to post. Second, wasn't putting the GPU and CPU together something that all computers use to do before they decided to separate them?

Anyways this phone is actually looking promising, hopefully it won't just be a concept phone for much longer.