It’s been over a month since Nvidia unveiled its latest cutting edge CPU, the Tegra X1, so it should probably come as no surprise that rumors are circulating that the chipmaker is going to launch a new flagship tablet.
Fudzilla reports that they have sources which tell them that a new Nvidia Shield tablet will be launching in the next few months. They don’t have any details, but they’re expecting an announcement at the GPU technology conference on 17 March (if it doesn’t happen sooner).
The existing Shield tablet runs Android 5.0 on last year’s Tegra K1 chip. It offers high performance gaming with a vanilla Android experience, and at $300 it was a good value (assuming you needed the performance).
We don’t know anything for certain about the next model, but it’s safe to say that it’s going to be ridiculously overpowered for most uses.
When Nvidia launched the Tegra X1 chip at CES 2015, they said that it would be used in the computer vision systems for self-driving cars and as the core of a carputer. In the later case, the Tegra X1 is going to drive an in-car entertainment system with up to 4 different HD screens.
The Tegra X1 is capable of simultaneously showing 4 different HD videos (or two 2K resolution videos) at a time, so putting this chip into a single tablet can only be described as overkill.
Unless, of course, Nvidia also got their hands on a screen with a resolution high enough to need all that extra power. That is speculation, but it is not out of the question.