iPhone 5 May Face Tegra-3 Powered Google Nexus 3

Google's VP Andy Rubin let slip last week that the next Nexus device will be launched by the end of the year, the third time in as many years that a Nexus would be launched just in time for the holidays; and it is now believed that the Tegra 3 may be the chosen SoC to power the Nexus 3.

As reported by Androidandme, Nvidia's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, told an audience at the company's earnings calls at the end of last week that the company is working very closely with the Google Team and would make sure that "Tegra will surely be wonderful for Ice Cream when it comes".

The original Nexus used a Qualcomm MSM SoC while the Samsung-built Nexus S opted for the Cortex-A8 based Hummingbird, the same as the Galaxy S. Since Google has changed partners in the last two years, one can expect that a Motorola-built Tegra-powed Nexus 3 is not totally out of the picture.

The Tegra 3 is set to be five times faster than the Tegra 2 and should be the first quad core mobile processor on the market. It will have a GPU subsystem with 12 GPU core and native support for 3D.

The Nexus range isn't necessarily a market leader when it comes to sales but it does set the standard for what lies ahead in the world of Android.

That said the last one, the Nexus S, was a rather disappointing trial since it was essentially a more expensive Samsung Galaxy S with Gingerbread, a different design and NFC.