New Nvidia Shield Tablet with Tegra X1 processor reportedly coming soon

Nvidia recently announced the Tegra X1, a brand new and powerful processor that comes to succeed last year's Tegra K1. As we already told you, the Tegra X1 seems to be the most advanced SoC for mobile applications ever made, though it's unlikely that we'll see it in too many mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. According to Fudzilla, one of the tablets that should be powered by the X1 will be Nvidia's own successor to the Shield Tablet (which was launched last year for prices starting at $299).

The new Shield Tablet could be announced on March 17, or earlier. There aren't any details regarding its features (besides the inclusion of the Tegra X1 chipset), but Nvidia might want to keep the 8-inch form factor of the original Shield - since this has proven to be quite successful. The original Shield already received its Android 5.0 Lollipop update, so it makes sense for the new one to ship with Lollipop on board.

The Tegra X1 processor comes with eight 64-bit CPU cores (4 Cortex-A57, and 4 Cortex-A53 cores), and a 256-core Maxwell GPU, which should make the upcoming Shield Tablet a beastly device. We'll bring more on this as soon as new info arrives.

source: Fudzilla



1. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

8 64 bit CPU cores!?!? How many does the iPad have? lol, This sounds like an awesome piece of tech, too bad I'm not really interested in tablets.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5806; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not all cores are the same Basically the X1 there are 4 big cores and 4 little cores The A8X huge 3 huge cores and the Denver K1 has 2 huge cores

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I doubt this one will be faster than the ipad's A8X. It will only use 4 cores at the time. And while this is still one more than the A8X, they are going back to ARM's default design, which means this CPU will be 3 way superscalar. The A8X is 6 way and the current Denver K1 is 7 way. The A8X is able to process double the instructions per clock cycle against the X1, so that extra core won't make the difference. That's why I though the Denver K1 was a marvelous piece of engineering. Only two advantages of the X1 will be less power hungry and heat development because of the 4 little cores and the 20 nm procedure.

17. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

There was one problem with k1...its ARM decoder is only 2 wide...that is 1 less than vanilla arm core...however native instruction decoder is 7 wide. You should read nexus 9 review on'll enjoy it.

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Do you have a link to it? Can't seem to find the Nexus 9 review that describes what you said

26. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Its in designing Denver section. "The ARM decoder is not quite a backup, but it is not intended to be the main source of operations for Denver over the long run. Rather the bulk of the work for Denver should come from its binary translator, and only a small fraction of infrequently used code should hit the ARM decoder. At only 2 instructions wide this decoder is narrower than even A15’s decoder, not to mention it forms an entirely in-order pipeline that misses out on the instruction rescheduling and other optimizing benefits of the software code optimizer. Never the less it serves an important role in situations where Denver can’t use native code by giving it a means to immediately begin executing ARM code. This as a result makes Denver a kind of hybrid design, capable of executing either ARM instructions or NVIDIA’s own internal microcode."

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You and your technical rationality really takes the fun out of trolling. lol. Thank you for the education good sir.

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

lol sorry bout that, keep on trollin' ;)

23. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2512; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It should be able to use all 8 cores at the same time. ARM now allows heterogeneous multi processing which means you can access the use of all 8 cores at the same time. It's been used in the Exynos chipsets and I would think nVidia would want it in their X1. I agree though that this may not beat Apple's A8X, at least in single core performance, but it may beat it in multi-core performance.

34. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Umm... the A8X came out as a direct response to the Denver architecture and barely edged it out. The X1 will simply destroy it on all fronts, especially when it comes to graphics performance. This will be the tablet to buy in 2015 and the chance of Apple actually topping it in performance over the next year are very low. That being said I hope they stick to 8" and 1080 instead of trying to up the resolution to something unreasonable and useless. The current shield is a beastly tablet at a bargain price. In 2016 look out for a die shrink and a modem being added to this beast to make for some really intriguing desktop replacement phones.

2. Chuck007

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Hmm.. might as well release a Windows 10 version as well. Being able to streamplay both Xbox One and PC on this will be something special.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5806; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You can already stream from PC Or Limelight (for any Android and Nvidia GPUs) Or Kainy (for any Android and AMD GPUs)

25. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

yeah but he's referring to the feature where Windows 10 can stream Xbox One games. Dunno why anyone would ever want to do that, but I guess for the few that do, that would be a killer feature.

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5806; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Streaming from Xbox One to a weaker laptop or tablet would be useful But streaming from Xbox One to a gaming PC and forcing the far weaker Xbox One to do the processing is just dumb

3. SyCo87

Posts: 331; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

I have no doubt that this would explode right when you fire up this baby.

4. ianneo

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

That's what people said about the K1. My Shield Tab is fine :/

5. SyCo87

Posts: 331; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

I meant that as a compliment. This Tegra chip is a beast.

6. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

On the other hand, it requires far more power than other chips. So maybe it's beastly bud because of power, nobody cares for it in mobile market - even an old i7 is "beastly".

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The new X1 should be a lot less power hungry because of the 4 little cores and the 20 nm procedure.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And the new GPU will be less power hungry than the A8X (with better performance)

9. ianneo

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

Oh I see. But the battery life is crap lol

7. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

It's a beast...... on nVidia's paper.

8. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Please Google, do another 16:9, 7" Nexus Tablet and throw one of these in, then you have a day 1 customer :)

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014


29. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

You know what I meant :P Heheh

10. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I need this

19. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm sold on one if an when available.

31. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I am curious about it, not only spec wise but what will the other improvements on the older model be. If it's any good, I will certainly replace my current shield.

32. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I don't know if we'd see a lot of change elsewhere, hidden cosmetics an maybe a display.

20. FlyingDutch

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 30, 2015

Another paper-champion from nVidia

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