What good is the colossal performance advantage over the competition if no one seems interested in actually using the X1?
There used to be a time, not long ago, when Nvidia mattered in the mobile processing landscape in addition to towering above rival PC GPU makers. Just take a look at the interminable lists of Tegra 2 and Tegra 3-powered smartphones, tablets and hybrids.
But then the underwhelming Tegra 4 entered the picture, and the empire Nvidia worked so hard to set up suddenly and abruptly collapsed. On paper, the succeeding Tegra K1 chip was a return to form in terms of raw speed, yet the vast majority of industry-leading device manufacturers wanted nothing to do with it.
Unfortunately (for the Santa Clara-based tech titan and healthy competition on the whole), that might be Tegra X1’s case as well. This baby is around 30 percent faster than its predecessor, but so far, only Nvidia’s home-cooked Shield Tablet 2 is semi-confirmed to use it.
Tragically, it looks like the X1 can even eclipse both Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 and Samsung’s Exynos 7420 in CPU muscle. That’s assuming a just-surfaced AnTuTu screenshot is legit, and no one messed with the benchmark results.
The reported total score of a mysterious Tegra X1-based gadget is really close of breaking the 75,000 points barrier. And it’s roughly 15,000 north of preliminary S810 and Exynos 7420 results. Fifteen thousand, yes.
Now, granted, it’s possible a fairly advanced pre-release tablet prototype visited AnTuTu with Tegra X1 inside, in which case it’s not really fair to compare it with the two in-development S810 and Exynos 7420 phones. Nonetheless, this Nvidia concoction is a beast, and we expect GPU performance to further knock our socks off.
That said, is it at all possible some of Qualcomm’s partners will switch sides in the eleventh hour? Highly unlikely, given Nvidia’s recent track record with software support and energy efficiency (or lack thereof). Maybe next year.