NVIDIA Shield Tablet X1 pops up, delivers mouthwatering GPU benchmark scores
It seems like such a long time ago that NVIDIA-developed Tegra SoCs ruled the mobile world, powering devices as diverse as the Motorola Atrix 4G and first-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in 2011, the original Nexus 7 and HTC One X the following year, and the Microsoft Surface 2 in 2013.
For the past couple of years, Tegras have slowly slipped towards oblivion, with the K1 model used only on the Nexus 9, homebrewed Shield Tablet, and Xiaomi Mi Pad. But if you thought that was bad, NVIDIA found it even harder to score third-party support for the X1, unveiled way back at CES in January 2015, and so far rolled out to the public merely inside the Shield Android TV box.
Technically, there’s one more official gadget relying on the octa-core beast for power, the Google-manufactured Pixel C, yet we really have no idea when the 2-in-1 tab is supposed to go on sale. Once again, NVIDIA takes matters into its own hands, apparently, working on a full-on sequel for the just-refreshed and rebranded Shield Tablet K1.
This one should be called Shield Tablet X1, obviously, and according to GFX Bench, its Maxwell-based 256 core GPU might well be as fast and furious as advertised. So fast, in fact, that many graphics test results mark a twofold increase over last year’s 8-incher. Actually, you know what? Think of a tablet, any tablet. Then stop by GFX Bench’s database, and compare it to the Shield X1. You’re probably not going to believe it, but nothing can beat this bad boy’s graphics muscle… on paper.
Let’s just hope battery life won’t be too horrible, and a sub-$400 price tag would also definitely boost the wow factor. Meanwhile, the display sports the same old 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, the on-board RAM count surges to 3GB, internal storage space to 32, Android 6.0 Marshmallow already butters up the system, and for some reason, cameras are listed as “not supported.”
Source: GFX Bench