What is the difference between the Nexus 7’s Tegra 3 and VIA WM8950 processors?

Kylee Kanavas January 1, 2013

I was looking at a Nexus 7 and it has a quad core Tegra 3 proccesor. Then I read some rumors about a new Asus tablet that was rumoured to have a “VIA WM8950” processor. How do they compare? Which is better?


  1. macropterous
    June 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Specs for WM8950 (Taiwanese made chip) are as follows:
    1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 core processor (single core)
    ARM Mali-400 3D graphics processor
    Multi-standard 1080p video decoding engine
    H.264 video encoding
    DDR3/LPDDR2 DRAM interface
    Multiple video interface including HDMI, LVDS and DVO
    Flexible networking and peripheral interface
    Advanced hardware security engine
    Android 4.0/4.1 and Windows CE 7.0 Support

    Compared to the Tegra3 there is truly no contest:
    Quad-core, with 5th battery-saver core
    Up to 1.7 GHz single core /1.6 GHz quad-core


  2. The Doug
    April 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    The Tegra 3 is quad-core A9 w/ low power companion 5th core.

    The WM8950 is a single-core A9. There really is no comparison in terms of how snappy the system will feel if multiple apps are running.

    The graphics capabilities should technically be similar, but programmers spend more time writing games for Tegra 3, so they should run better on a Tegra 3 device: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1606784

  3. Ahmed Musani
    January 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    tegra 3 is quad core above all its best for gaming more powerful smoother and offers more speed.

  4. Raja Pradeep
    January 3, 2013 at 3:55 am
  5. susendeep dutta
    January 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Tegra 3 is better than VIA's processor as it's more powerful and works more smoothly than VIA.

    Asus did choose VIA's processor to go down to lower price point.As long as the tablet it intends to built plays 1080p videos,surfs internet without hitch and has a lower price,people won't mind buying it even though it's not having huge specs.

  6. Patrick Jackson
    January 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Both are processors of different companies. Better look for thier specifications in their websites.

  7. ha14
    January 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

    quad core Tegra 3

    Tegra should be better

    • Ahmed Khalil
      January 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      as i know also Tegra 3 is more better and usually when price is an issue the used non famous types like VIA WM8950

      • ha14
        January 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm

        quite right i think there are also some games made for Tegra 3 processor

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