Today at CES 2015, NVIDIA has announced a brand new mobile processor for 2015 "Tegra X1". The X1 is the first mobile processor in the world capable of 1 Teraflop floating point performance, which almost puts it in the same league as desktop class GPU and current generation gaming consoles. The X1 has a new octa-core CPU cluster.
On the GPU side, NVIDIA has turned to using its latest generation Maxwell architecture, which we saw on their flagship desktop GPU this year, the GTX 980. Although not quite in the same league performance-wise, the 256 CUDA core GPU in the X1 is twice as powerful as the Kepler-based GPU on the K1. It's also capable of 1 teraflop of floating point performance. To put that into perspective, the Xbox One is capable of 1.3 teraflop while the PS4 can do 1.84 teraflop.
The X1 has a 64-bit wide LPDDR4 memory capable of peak memory bandwidth of 25.6GB/s. It is also capable of outputting 3840x2160, that's 4K @ 60fps, to an internal or external display with support for HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. X1 also has improved codec supports and can decode VP9, VP8, H.264, H.265 (10-bit) at 2160p60, along with 600 MP/s (megapixels per second) JPEG encode and decode.
Tegra X1 also supports all major graphics standards, including Unreal Engine 4, DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, CUDA, OpenGL ES 3.1 and the Android Extension Pack. Mobile devices running Tegra X1 are expected in the first half of 2015 with automobiles leveraging the DRIVE PX and CX in the second half of 2015.
We hear a lot of rumors about a 9-inch HTC-made Nexus tablet powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 coming this year to be called the "HTC Nexus 9", we even got a list of this HTC Nexus 9 Unofficial Specs. Well, It's finally official... Yes Nvidia accidentally mentioned the Nexus 9 on its legal filings documents related to it patent lawsuit against Qualcomm and Samsung.
Nvidia's document specifically states, "the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1." So, based on what's known that there will without a doubt be a Nexus 9 made by HTC with Nvidia's Tegra K1, but we also know that it should be expected in the third quarter of this year. All of this essentially confirms all of the rumors we've and gives an expected time frame which hasn't been confirmed by anyone else.
None of this is official, but NVIDIA tuck the information in a legal filing like it's no big deal makes it seem more legit. We may see this beast in the upcoming weeks with some "Android L" desert inside.
According to a new report, NVIDIA is hard at work on the successor of the Shield Android tablet (a.k.a NVIDIA Shield 2). The sequel of the 8-inch gaming slate is rumored to launch bymid-March or earlier.
Unsurprisingly, the biggest highlight in the upcoming tablet will be its NVIDIA Tegra X1 chipset with Maxwell GPU. Announced during CES in January, the X1 is the first mobile processor in the world capable of 1 teraflop floating point performance.
During the Tegra X1 unveiling, NVIDIA announced that devices with the new silicon will launch in the first half of this year. As always, we will be on the lookout for more info on the upcoming device. Until then, take the above report with a grain of salt.
We're still waiting for the long promised, HTC Nexus 9 slate. Latest Leak about this device is from hardware-assessing app CPU-Z, which confirms that the upcoming HTC-Google tab will Nvidia Tegra K1 64-bit SoC (System-on-Chip).
The Tegra K1 inside the Nexus 9 will have a top clock speed of 2.5GHz which is higher than the 2.2GHz non-64-bit Tegra K1 we benchmarked and found to top our charts, especially in the graphics department.
Nvidia claims its Tegra K1 chip is 1.5 times more efficient than its competition which should translate into reasonable battery life despite the immense power within. The Tegra K1 has a 192-core GPU based on the desktop-grade Kepler architecture and Nvidia's Cuda cores.
For more info about the device, Check the Unofficial HTC Nexus 9 Specifications list.
We're still waiting for the HTC Nexus 8 to show itself, many rumors about it's release and features has been going around for months. Here's what we got so far. First we have a source claiming that the tablet, which has been referred to as Volantis or Flounder (Nexus 8) so far is codenamed T1, and will feature an 8 MP rear camera, alongside 1.6 MP front-facer. A little digging in the tablet's firmware has also returned the unsurprising fact that it will ship with Android L out of the box, without any HTC Sense overlay shenanigans.
Meanwhile, the Nexus 8 tablet might have already be doing the certification rounds in South Korea, as from the local FCC came this gem of an entry below, that depicts a device coded "0P8210000" to have passed certification. The back of this gear was shown about a month ago by @evleaks, marked Flounder. It carried the same letter and number sequence, and was claimed to be of the real Nexus 8.
The HTC-made Nexus tablet is expected to be a more premium device than Google's current Nexus 7 tablet, as we would expect from HTC. There should be a metal chassis wrapping an 8.9" 2560x1600 pixels display. The current leak also claims a 64-bit Tegra processor, paired with 4 GB of Elpida memory in 2x2 GB configuration will be in store, making it the first Android device taking true advantage of Android L's 64-bit backend.
A Qualcomm-made LTE modem will be in the models with cellular connectivity, and, as claimed above, an 8 MP rear camera, too. All this breathtaking goodness is unlikely to come as cheap as we've come to expect from the Nexus line, though. Google's poster slate is speculated to have a price tag north of $300, the Nexus 8 will likely be priced lower than that, perhaps in the $350 region.