1st Tegra K1 Device Announced - More Powerful than a PS3/360

#1 Edited by NVIDIATI (7635 posts) -

The first device using NVIDIA's Tegra K1 SoC has been officially announced, the Xiaomi MiPad.

Tegra K1 is an ARM SoC that is utilizes NVIDIA's desktop Kepler architecture. This allows developers to create games seamlessly between PC and mobile. PC games such as Serious Sam 3 and Trine 2 have already been demonstrated on Tegra K1. It has been confirmed that Serious Sam 3 will be running on Tegra K1 at higher settings than the Xbox 360 version. Unreal Engine 4 is also running on Tegra K1.

NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 Powers Xiaomi’s First Tablet

Fast. Xiaomi does everything fast.

They sell phones fast. They develop blazing fast devices. Its Tegra 4-powered Mi3 was the world’s fastest phone at launch. They’re growing fast, too: Xiaomi is now one of the world’s largest smartphone vendors.

And now, they’re the first to build a tablet with our out-of-this-world fast Tegra K1 mobile processor.

Credit NVIDIA Blog

Launched today in Beijing, the MiPad is the culmination of four years of planning and hard work. The Mi Pad features a 7.9-inch display with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution. Its 6700 mAh battery means its good for up to 1300 hours of standby time, 86 hours of music playback, or 11 hours of video streaming. It comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB, or 64 GB on-board memory – and a microSD slot for expandable storage. It also captures amazing photos and perfect selfies with 8 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras.

This isn’t the first time we’ve worked together. Last year, we worked with Xiaomi on its flagship Mi3 smartphone – the first Tegra 4 phone. Xiaomi sold 100,000 of them in under 90 seconds last October.

This year, Xiaomi is moving into tablets.Inside the Mi Pad: our 192 core mobile processor, Tegra K1. The ‘K’ in K1 stands for Kepler. That’s the parallel processing GPU architecture found in the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

As a result, Tegra K1 offers visual and parallel computing capabilities never seen in mobile devices before. Tegra K1 supports the most advanced graphics technologies – including OpenGL 4.4, OpenGL ES 3.1, and DX12.

Those are the same standards used in PCs and next-gen consoles. That means developers can bring the latest games to mobile devices. Tegra K1 already runs Unreal Engine 4, the world’s most advanced game engine. So, games with intense graphics, like Trine 2, play flawlessly.

Credit NVIDIA Blog
Trine 2

The Mi Pad will be available in China starting in June as an open beta – select fans will get the option to go hands-on with pre-production units. It will retail for around $240 (16 GB) and $270 (64 GB).

Credit NVIDIA Blog

#2 Posted by delta3074 (17883 posts) -

Nicely Priced as well.

#3 Posted by freedomfreak (39125 posts) -

Like reading a ronvalencia post.

#4 Edited by NVIDIATI (7635 posts) -

Nicely Priced as well.

Xiaomi is known for selling their hardware at BOM cost, so I don't know what type of pricing we'll see on other Tegra K1 devices. I could imagine a Tegra K1 based NVIDIA Shield 2 selling for around $300 USD.

#5 Edited by NVIDIATI (7635 posts) -

16 GB model is ~$240 USD and the 64 GB model is ~$270 USD

MiPad specifications:

  • 7.9" 2048 x 1536 display (made by Sharp / AUO)
  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 (32-bit)
  • MIUI Android
  • 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 16 GB or 64 GB eMMC 5.0
  • microSD up to 128 GB
  • Front 5 MP camera
  • Rear 8 MP camera
  • WiFi 802.11ac 5.0GHz/ BT 4.0
  • 6,700 mAh battery
  • Rear stereo speakers
  • 360 g
  • 202.1 x 135.4 x 8.5 mm

#6 Edited by darkangel115 (1505 posts) -

nice tablet and a hell of a price. I'm going to have to pick one of these up when they come out.

#7 Posted by LadyBlue (3927 posts) -

Announce the shield 2.

#8 Posted by FoxbatAlpha (6137 posts) -

My Ghawd!

#9 Posted by osirisx3 (1756 posts) -

i like it but no games will use this power. Will might get a couple of tech demos but no one will take advantage of it.

#10 Edited by TwistedShade (3149 posts) -

Nvidia Shield 2 is going to destroy the Vita.

I know people will laugh but Mobile Devices already have a great selection of games as I've found out recently. Games like TDKR, Rayman, The Gangstar series, GTA Series, Spider Man Series, N.O.V.A, Modern Combat, the list literally could go on and on. Mobile is becoming an incredibly rich gaming field and it's selections are certainly better than the PSV.

#11 Posted by Blabadon (25926 posts) -

@TwistedShade: lol

As a fan of mobile gaming, you just listed some pretty lackluster reasons to get into mobile gaming.

#12 Edited by xboxiphoneps3 (2290 posts) -

Mobile Socs becoming quite dam powerful.. End of this year 64-bit ArmV8 SoCs with ARM A57 cores which should be pretty dam burly

K1 gpu has about 350 gigaflops of power, by next year mobile socs will have around 700 gigaflops power even more possibly, year after over 1 teraflop of power in a MOBILE GPU THAT IS RIDICULOUS....

Ps4/xbox one will be surpassed by mobile in 3 years in performance no less then 3 years though,

Looking forward to Apples A8 SoC this year should be top 2 SoCs to come out this year IMO Apple usually always has a 2x cpu & gpu performance improvement give or take A8 gpu will have almost same performance as k1 maybe even a littttle better, Apple A8 cpu cores will be ridiculously good their A7 cores now are already core for core faster then Snapdragon 800/801 Cores and those are clocked at 2.3 ghz-2.5 ghz each as opposed to 1.3 ghz per core for the A7

805 will most likely beat A7 core performance Krait 450

Really looking forward to Apples A8 soc should be a real powerhouse, the Snapdragon 810 is gonna be really beast too

#13 Edited by JangoWuzHere (16116 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

@TwistedShade: lol

As a fan of mobile gaming, you just listed some pretty lackluster reasons to get into mobile gaming.

Agree, most of those games are pretty terrible.

I thought mobile gaming was where I would lay down most of my time and money, but portable platforms like the 3ds and Vita deliver far better experiences. You seriously aren't going to find games of such high quality like Fire Emblem, Killzone Mercenary, Persona 4G, or Super Mario 3D land on a mobile device for only 7$.

#14 Edited by NVIDIATI (7635 posts) -

nice tablet and a hell of a price. I'm going to have to pick one of these up when they come out.

So far the device will be launching primarily in China / Asia. Xiaomi has not yet made the jump into the EU and NA markets, but their devices can still be imported.

@ladyblue said:

Announce the shield 2.

Hopefully we'll see some more Tegra K1 news at Computex 2014 (June 3 - 7).

@osirisx3 said:

i like it but no games will use this power. Will might get a couple of tech demos but no one will take advantage of it.

If a game can run on SteamOS, it can be easily ported over to Tegra K1. We're not dealing with "mobile first" hardware such as Tegra 4.

Tegra K1 offers the same architecture and feature support as a desktop Kepler GPU.

Mobile Socs becoming quite dam powerful.

2015 should be a very interesting year. Right now, Tegra K1 uses Kepler on a 28nm process. Maxwell on 28nm is ~33% more efficient than Kepler on 28nm. Next year, NVIDIA will be using Maxwell cores on a 20nm process.

Imagination's PowerVR 6XT series GPU, that Apple will most likely use in their A8 SoC, can only support OpenGL 3.x and Direct3D 11 feature level 10_0. NVIDIA's Tegra K1 supports OpenGL 4.4 and Direct3D 12 feature level 12_0.

#15 Posted by uninspiredcup (7811 posts) -

Might pick up a shield. Does that use this shit? It streams anyway from the pc so most likely irrelevant.

#16 Edited by Effec_Tor (247 posts) -

Looks like a must buy.

#17 Posted by WallofTruth (1513 posts) -

That's very impressive, let's see if tablets get GTA V before PC...

#18 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (8623 posts) -

People still compare Mobile games to Handheld consoles?

#19 Posted by osirisx3 (1756 posts) -

@NVIDIATI: just because it can ported does not mean it will

#20 Edited by GarGx1 (2483 posts) -

They'll be catching up with Xbox One and PS4 in a few short years

#21 Posted by Elaisse2 (23 posts) -

This is why we night have the last gen of consoles. By the end of the next console generations is going to be pointless. Just plug in the power to my tablet and hook upto the tv.

#22 Posted by nethernova (4079 posts) -

Lulz, tablet gaming.

#23 Posted by NVIDIATI (7635 posts) -

Might pick up a shield. Does that use this shit? It streams anyway from the pc so most likely irrelevant.

No, the NVIDIA Shield does not use this "shit". Considering the thread title is "1st Tegra K1 Device Announced", you could have figured that out.

@osirisx3 said:

@NVIDIATI: just because it can ported does not mean it will

True, but developers such as Valve and Epic have expressed interest. We've already seen Serious Sam 3 (Croteam) and Trine 2 (Frozenbyte) on the K1 reference tablet. The fact games can be ported so easily works in NVIDIA's favour. Porting games to Tegra 4 is a hassle.

#24 Posted by IgGy621985 (4624 posts) -

Like reading a ronvalencia post.

Nah, far from it. This post is way more understandable than the shit ronvalencia used to write.

Also, Xiaomi is China only, but yeah, looks good.

#25 Posted by uninspiredcup (7811 posts) -

@NVIDIATI said:

you could have figured that out.

But I have you.

#26 Posted by IgGy621985 (4624 posts) -

Also, the specs I selected are actually not that impressive :-/

@NVIDIATI said:

MiPad specifications:

  • 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 16 GB or 64 GB eMMC 5.0
  • Front 5 MP camera
  • Rear 8 MP camera
  • 360 g

#27 Posted by stereointegrity (10700 posts) -

Also, the specs I selected are actually not that impressive :-/

@NVIDIATI said:

MiPad specifications:

  • 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 16 GB or 64 GB eMMC 5.0
  • Front 5 MP camera
  • Rear 8 MP camera
  • 360 g

aside from the ram i dont see anything wrong with this....people to take pictures with their tablets out in public look dumb as fuck

#28 Edited by IgGy621985 (4624 posts) -

@stereointegrity: Lol, true dat. Well, regarding the specs, guess I'm a bit spoiled :-)

#29 Posted by remiks00 (1703 posts) -

@IgGy621985 said:

Also, the specs I selected are actually not that impressive :-/

@NVIDIATI said:

MiPad specifications:

  • 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 16 GB or 64 GB eMMC 5.0
  • Front 5 MP camera
  • Rear 8 MP camera
  • 360 g

aside from the ram i dont see anything wrong with this....people to take pictures with their tablets out in public look dumb as fuck

lol, yeah they do.

#30 Edited by NVIDIATI (7635 posts) -

Also, the specs I selected are actually not that impressive :-/

@NVIDIATI said:

MiPad specifications:

  • 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 16 GB or 64 GB eMMC 5.0
  • Front 5 MP camera
  • Rear 8 MP camera
  • 360 g

Ram is understandable, the Tegra K1 reference device was using 4 GB LPDDR3. Of course adding additional ram might disrupt the low price.

Considering you can add up to 128 GB via microSD, I don't see the storage as much of an issue,

Never cared much for camera's on a tablet.

The weight is only 0.06 lbs (29 g) more than the iPad Mini Retina. Although, if you're used to using a Nexus 7 (290 g), then it might feel a tiny bit heavier (0.15 lbs difference).

#31 Posted by NVIDIATI (7635 posts) -

UPDATE: Battery life according to Xiaomi for the MiPad (link).

Video: 11 hours
Music: 86 hours
Reading: 17 hours
Games: 5 hours

Charging:
5V 2A charger: 4.5 hours
9V 1.2A charger: 3.5 hours

#32 Edited by edidili (3446 posts) -

Cool but we're talking about 8 years old technology here so who cares.

#33 Posted by o0squishy0o (2754 posts) -

@edidili said:

Cool but we're talking about 8 years old technology here so who cares.

I said about a year ago that within a year you'd be able to get a tablet thats more powerful than a PS3 and everyone was like "NOOO WAYYYYY MANNNN THATS LIKE IN 5 YEARS TIME ATLEAST!!!" I'll say it again now, I give it 3 years and we will be able to buy a tablet that is more powerful than the PS4 and Xboxone.