Though it shares the same name as the chip inside the Shield Tablet, the Tegra K1 chip powering Google’s newest tablet is a different kettle of fish altogether.
When Google announced the Nexus 9 earlier this week, the tablet became the first 64-bit Android device and the first to ship with Nvidia’s dual-core Project Denver chip. Now, the Nexus 9 has hit Geekbench with some extremely impressive results.
Geekbench founder John Poole this morning tweeted that the Nexus 9 and its Nvidia chip yielded a single-core score of 1903 points. This, he claims, is almost equivalent to that of an entry-level Mac Pro from two years ago (single-core score of 1925 points). Now that’s fast, but then you have to consider that this result was achieved running Android AArch32. Poole says he expects the Nexus 9 to score even higher once it’s running AArch64. How much higher? About 2100 points. Yikes.
To put things in perspective, Nvidia’s 32-bit quad-core Tegra K1-powered Shield Tablet currently sits at the top of the pile for Android benchmarks with a single-score score of 1088 and a multi-core score of 3258. On the iOS side of things, the iPhone 6 is king, with a single-core score of 1610 and a multi-core score 2881 (though the iPhone 6’s most recent benchmark lists actually boasts a higher score — 1625 and 2908).