The unveiling of the NVIDIA Tegra K1 at CES was accompanied by an impressive spec sheet and a number of charts showing how much power the new SoC has under its hood, but you should never blindly trust a chip maker. The good news is that Tom’s Hardware managed to run a few benchmarks on the Lenovo ThinkVision 28, which is equipped with the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip. Running on Android 4.3 with 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 28-inch 4K display, the Tegra K1 SoC was able to produce impressive benchmark scores that give it a significant lead over devices running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chip and Apple’s A7.
It’s always nice seeing what the next generation SoC will be capable of, but the results are unsurprising. What most of us really want to see is how the NVIDIA Tegra K1 stacks up against the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, which will be used in many of the flagship Android phones later this year. Paired with the all new Adreno 420 GPU, the Snapdragon 805 is expected to improve graphical performance by 40 percent over previous Snapdragon models. Performance of the Snapdragon 805 will most likely be in step with that of the Tegra K1, so it all comes down to availability. NVIDIA is making a big bush into the PC+all-in-one segment, while Qualcomm will most likely continue to dominate the traditional smartphone and tablet market.
If you could choose, would your next Android device be powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805?