Upcoming Nvidia Shield Tablet X1 flexes its graphics muscle in leaked GFXBench result

Upcoming Nvidia Shield Tablet X1 flexes its graphics muscle in leaked GFXBench result
A new Nvidia Shield Tablet powered by the Tegra X1 chipset has just reared its head in the GFXBench database. Although benchmark results can be altered, the timing and the context is just right for Nvidia's Tegra X1-powred slab to be entering the final stages of development

Last week, Nvidia announced the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1, a successor to the original Shield Tablet that maintains most of the hardware specs but drops the stylus and $100 off the price tag. At $200 for the base model, the Shield Tablet K1 offers good value for the money but it wasn't the tablet that Nvidia fans have been waiting for. That tablet, as it turns out, appears to have recently surfaced in a leaked benchmark result.

The GFXBench listing indicates that the Nvidia Shield Tablet X1 will borrow some of its specs from Nvidia's previous slabs, such as the 8-inch display with a resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels and the 32GB of internal storage. Aside from the new Tegra X1 chip, the only update in terms of raw specs appears to be an extra GB of RAM for a grand total of 3GB.

On the software side, the Nvidia Shield Tablet X1 is listed as running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the details of Nvidia's custom implementation remain unknown at this point.

Before moving any further, it should be noted that the benchmark does provide us with confusing information. For one, the cameras are listed as "not supported". Furthermore, the Tegra X1 is listed as relying solely on a 1.9GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A57 CPU, while the standard version of the chip also integrates four additional ARM Cortex-A53 cores. 

Nvidia announced its new Tegra X1 SoC all the way back this January at CES 2015, claiming that the chip brings substantial improvements - such twice the GPU performance - over the Tegra K1. Given that the Tegra K1 chips which power the original Shield Tablet, the Google Nexus 9, and the Xiaomi Mi Pad were already top-ranking performers, there was reason for mobile gamers to get excited.

Unfortunately, however, the company limited the availability of its chip to its Shield Android TV console for the better part of 2015. Back in October, the Google Pixel C became the first Tegra X1-powered tablet ever unveiled, but even Google's laptop-tablet hybrid has yet to become available for purchase. 

Extreme GPU Performance


The leaked GFXBench result also shows how the Nvidia Shield Tablet X1 prototype behaved in various 3D graphics tests. In short, the results are nothing short of extreme. Compared to the original Shield Tablet, the Tegra X1 variant is listed with twice the performance, thus supporting Nvidia's claim. In terms of average fps, the leaked result shows the tablet running circles around devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. In fact, the Shield Tablet also beats the Apple iPad Air 2 in every single test, and in some of them by a pretty good margin.

Although Nvidia did claim that the Tegra X1 doubles the GPU power of the Tegra K1, these statements are rarely taken for specific and accurate. Hopefully, we're not looking at an altered benchmark result, and Nvidia is on the verge of nudging the mobile gaming industry a step forward.

Previous rumors said that the Nvidia Shield Tablet X1 will be available just in time for the 2015 holidays, but with the end of the year fast approaching and late December rarely being the time for new product announcements, an early 2016 launch would not be unthinkable.

source: GFXBench via GSMArena

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12 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also in other Android gaming news Google Hires A Dedicated Team To Implement Support For The Vulkan Graphics API In Upcoming Versions Of Android That team was from LunarG, which is the company that's be helping Valve update their games to Vulkan and Source Engine 2 So it looks highly likely that Android N will support Vulkan (which is a low level graphics API, similar to AMD's Mantle, Apple's Metal and MS' DX12) http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/11/25/google-hires-a-dedicated-team-to-implement-support-for-the-vulkan-graphics-api-in-upcoming-versions-of-android/

2. khaldoon

Posts: 62; Member since: May 17, 2013

Tbh the quad core thing is something I have always wondered about. If you pay attention to google pixel c announcement they mention that it is powered by the nividia X1 a quad core processor. Then even on the pixel c website it is mentioned to be a quad core processor. I don't think google is stupid or something not to notice that the chip is actually octa core and not a quad core

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The A53s are for power saving So maybe Google is ignoring the power saving cores Like they did on the Nexus 7 2012, which had a Tegra 3 with 5 cores, but one core was a power saving core So Nvidia/Google marketed it as a quad core

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Everyone except Nvidia seemed to ignore their +1 power saving core

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

? Nvidia themselves also referred to the Tegra 3 as a quad core "Quad-Core with a 5th Battery-Saver Core"http://www.nvidia.com/object/tegra-3-processor.html Nvidia also referred to the Tegra 4 as a quad core, often 4+1http://www.nvidia.com/object/tegra-4-processor.html

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'll Be Getting This For Sure.

6. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Finally! I hope it has the stylus support

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I've been waiting to replace my IPad air for so long

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I've been waiting to replace my IPad air for so long

9. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Ugh! I was just about to get the k1 tablet. I have to be a bit patient but if black Friday or cyber Monday does any more to the price of the k1 then its a go.

12. Shocky unregistered

Disappointed with the size, they should have made it a little larger, not much reason for K1 users to update as it can still handle everything with ease. Only limiting factor is going to be if nvidia make their games X1 exclusive which is just wrong. Based on this I'm more interested in Googles new tablet.

13. smash

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 31, 2014

nvidia should make a phone

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