The Tegra K1 CPU — which has a mind-blogging one-hundred and ninety-two GPUs on board — is another sign that 2014 is going to be a turning point for tablets.
Various sites are reporting it has scored in the 43,000-range with AnTuTu and prototype hardware.
The prototype hardware …
… I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s a seven-inch tablet.
The AnTuTu score …
… see the upper right corner for the 43,851 AnTuTu score.
Why do I say 2014 is a turning point?
There’s word that Apple isn’t going to refresh the iPad Mini this year. That would be a fatal error. It’s the most popular iPad, according to reports I’ve read.
This would give Rockchip an opening with its new 3288 CPU, which as I’ve pointed out in a previous post is rumored to score in the 40,000-range too.
A combination of the 3288 and the iFive Mini 3 with Retina-class screen would be a monster competitor against a non-refreshed iPad Mini. It could be the first time an Android tablet outclassed Apple hardware.
Would Apple actually let that happen? Who knows? With the rumor of Apple having spoken to Tesla about an acquisition, and other rumors of production diversification, it seems Apple is on the edge of losing the focus that made it successful under Steve Jobs.
Time will tell.
In the meantime, tablets with AnTuTu scores in the 40,000-range are going to be the thing to get this year.