Click on the image below to see sales data over time. Quarterly sales sourced from Zacks Investment Research.What If NVIDIA Had Made A Steambox Instead of building a game device, NVIDIA could have expanded the PC capabilities into the living room. If Shield brought PC video and audio capabilities, along with a game pad control, PC functionality could have been migrated outside the realm of the desktop. Conclusions Investors should still keep an eye on the Tegra 4. China’s ZTE Corp looks to be making the first phone in the world powered by this quad core processor – comparable to the Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon 800 chipset. The ZTE U988S phone is also expected to have a 5-inch full HD display, 2GB of RAM, microSD storage expansion, and possibly a 13-megapixel rear camera plus a 2-megapixel front camera. Unfortunately, the phone design looks mediocre, and availability in the US could be delayed or not happen at all. For now, it looks like the prospects for Tegra 4 will come from sales of tablets, like the HP (HPQ) SlateBook x2. In other words, initial sales of the Tegra 4 processor could be light.
Written by Chris Lau, Kapitall contributor.