Tegra X1 Brings 256-Core Maxwell-Powered Graphics and Gaming to Google’s New Pixel C

by Doug MacMillan

Our GPUs power cutting-edge supercomputers, digital cockpits in a new generation of automobiles, incredible virtual reality experiences and our SHIELD smart TV console. Now you can get our Maxwell GPU architecture — the world’s most advanced — in Google’s first Android device focused on productivity, the Pixel C.

Launched today at a Google event in San Francisco, the Pixel C is the first Android tablet built end-to-end by Google. The Pixel C and its fully adjustable keyboard are designed for the on-the-go user, and features our Tegra X1 super chip, a 10.2-inch display at 2560×1800 (308 PPI) resolution and 500 nits bright, USB Type-C port and portable design.

The Pixel C brings together the benefits of a full-size keyboard with the portability of a tablet. The tablet and keyboard attach magnetically — no docking mechanism — so it’s easy to switch between typing and using the touchscreen.

Our 256-core Tegra X1 — the same chip we put into our SHIELD Android TV box — brings the most advanced graphics and games to Google’s new Pixel C. The latest in Google’s Pixel line of devices also features the newest version of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow.

It’s just the latest result of our ongoing collaboration with Google. Over the past few years, we’ve helped Google redefine the tablet market with the first Nexus 7 tablet, praised for its Tegra-powered multimedia prowess and budget $199 price, as well as the Tegra K1-powered Nexus 9 tablet, the first 64-bit Android device.

Not to mention we’ve helped open doors to new capabilities with computer vision with the Tegra K1-powered Project Tango tablet dev kit, the first mobile device to move computer vision out of the lab and into the hands of mobile developers.

With a Tegra X1 inside, the Pixel C offers a 256-core Maxwell GPU — the same graphics architecture as our GeForce graphics cards — for the most advanced graphics and games, and delivers more than enough power for work and entertainment.

Everything from supercomputers to PCs and mobile devices feature our GPU architecture. Put that level of visual computing technology into a mobile device and you unlock new possibilities for computer vision, gaming, photography and the web.

The Pixel C will be available in time for the holidays. It will start at $499 for a 32GB version and $599 for a 64GB version. The optional keyboard is $149.

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  • Lawrence

    Geekbech 3 benchmark score please?

  • http://www.prreklam.com/slutet/ Force Majeure

    It’s like a Ferrari, FAST and Xpensive. 😛

  • issues

    Plz bring on the Denver core’s! and 16nm FF

  • Sagar Rawal

    Are these cores going to be Denver cores, or A72/A57?

  • YiGong

    Will it be sold in our gear store?

  • neurocorsair

    Tegra X1 has stock ARM cores, Tegra X2 or whatever they call it will have the next iteration of Denver. Nvidia calls this “ping pong” (obviously inspired by Intel’s “tick tock”).

  • dale caldwell

    It seems really pretty modestly priced, especially compared to Apple stuff. I wonder whether it will support games that been reserved for SHIELD TV, or maybe NVIDIA Dabbler.

  • Sagar Rawal

    Cool! I asked because Denver and non-Denver Kepler parts were called Tegra K1.

  • vidvox

    Many of them will work just fine but there will be some that don’t like we have seen with the Nexus 9.

  • kron123456789

    Finally, a mobile device with Tegra X1. I wonder what battery life this device has.

  • Sidney Carton

    When will we know if the Pixel C can access Nvidia SHIELD games? Because they have not explicitly said that the Pixel C can do so, I’m assuming the answer is NO. So why shell out for the Tegra X1 if we can’t use it for its primary AAA gaming purpose?

  • Soumyadeep Bhowal

    is it the full version of x1 or the cut down one cus google announced it a QUAD core cpu instead of an octa core cpu i’m in doubt pls help

  • zergslayer69

    It’s not that expensive compared to other flagship 10″ android tablets. About on par with the rest if I must say so.

  • ChrisGX

    You are right, the presenter did use the words “quad-core” when introducing the product. Still, it is apparent from this blog that the SoC used in the Pixel C is the same chip as found in the “SHIELD Android TV box”. That means the presenter got it wrong. The Pixel C will use the A57/A53 based octa-core. So, no Denver cores, for the time being.

  • Ajay

    Will the Pixel C support CUDA? If so, we’ll be getting them! If not, that would suck.