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Tegra K1

From the time of birth of mobile phones, mobile giants were matching their skills to bring the most cutting-edge technology to every hand. Those attempts could port great facilities like camera, music, video playback etc. to the mobile phones. These tech wars witnessed the rise and fall of a number of ideas. Latest turning points in this history were the rise of Apple inc. and birth of Android. Both resulted in the birth of multi-core processors, pin-sharp displays, incredible CPUs etc. in mobile world. These paved the way to a Smartphone revolution, which maneuvered the tremendous development of mobile gaming industry also.

Mobile CPU industry is a new segment born through Smartphone revolution. Qualcomm, NVIDIA, MediaTek, Exynos are some of the leading names here today. Snapdragon 801, Tegra K1, MT6592, Exynos OCTA 5420 etc. are some of the high end mobile processors developed by those CPU giants. Each new CPU is a huge leap from its predecessor in terms of technology.

Tegra 4 is the current footprint of NVIDIA on market and Tegra K1 is the latest successor of it. It is a supercomputer-class mobile processor. It is an incredible cluster of 192 GPU cores, which provides incredible otherworldly graphics, incomparable performance horsepower and unbelievable power efficiency. Overall, it is something more than what you need.


Tegra K1 is raised on the renowned Kepler Architecture of NVIDIA, which drives millions of high-end gaming rigs around the globe and also, the fastest supercomputer in United States. It is the first-ever mobile processor with console-class build and PC-class support to DirectX 11, Tessellation and OpenGL 4.4. It even co-operates with Unreal Engine 4, on which latest next-gen game titles depend. In short, it is built like a tank for experiencing power on the palms.

What makes it great?

Tegra K1 can handle NVIDIA CUDA, the extremely innovative Graphical computing language with great ease. You can expect highly immersive user experiences like augmented reality, obstacle recognition (for automobile application), facial recognition, gesture feeding etc. from this monster. Even though it is such a great powerhouse, it is not at all expensive. Its applications have no limit at all.

No sacrifice on juice

One may think that this heavily GPU-accelerated performance will consume more juice than common processors. It is absolutely wrong! Tegra K1 can produce extraordinary power without more power consumption. You can spend hours on games, internet, movies or anything else without thinking about remaining charge. This is the most advanced and eco-friendly mobile architecture.

NVIDIA 4-Plus-1™ quad-core ARM® Cortex™-A15 Processing Unit

Tegra K1 boasts a quad-core Cortex A15 powerhouse inside it along with a third-generation additional core called battery-saver core. This additional core can take peak level performance without draining battery. It is harnesses NVIDIA’s variable Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) architecture, which activates all the four cores only when maximum burst is needed. Each individual core can get disabled or enabled according to the workload.

Tegra K1 Specifications

Performance test

The test was conducted by GSMArena using CPU-Z, on a Tegra K1 powered device (but no name of device published) with Android 4.4.2 OS. According to them, the device had 320ppi full HD display and4GB of RAM. Test results were very interesting. None of its rivals could reach even nearby it in