Nvidia announced its Tegra X1 processor a while ago, and the chip leaves most of the competition in the dust, at least according to the first benchmarks that we saw in January.
The new tablet replaces the quite unique Tegra Shield tablet, a tablet that offers speedy Android updates, plain Android experience, support for Shield gaming hub and a microSD card slot, all at a relatively good price.
Nvidia is working on a successor that is supposed to launch within a couple of months. We don’t have any better date than that, but we do know that it will come soon. We expect announcement latest at the GPU technology conference scheduled for March 17th if not earlier. The same sources told us about the existence of the original Shield tablet months before launch.
The Tegra X1 is bringing Maxwell technology to mobile. This 20nm chip has a Maxwell 256-core GPU, DX-12, OpenGL 4.5, NVIDIA CUDA, OpenGL ES 3.1, and AEP support
Let's not forget that Tegra X1 is based on an octa-core 64-bit ARM CPU, with four Cortex-A57 2MB L2 cores and another four Cortex-A53 512KB L2 cores. Tegra X1 supports H.265, VP9 4K 60 fps Video 4k H.265, 4k VP9, 4k H.264 - pretty much all codecs that matter and that they will matter for the 4K in the future.
With display support up to 4K x 2K @60 Hz or 1080p @120 Hz HDMI 2.0 60 fps, HDCP 2.2 we expect the Tegra X1 based Shield might shape up to be a great tablet for niche users looking for high performance.
We don’t know much specs, but we think that an 8-inch form factor makes sense and an LTE version will be coming, too.