NVIDIA made massive waves during January 2013’s CES, when both the Tegra 4 platform and the uber-cool Project Shield gaming console were introduced to the world, but unfortunately ever since then the SoC and GPU maker has struggled to get back in the spotlight.
There’s still no word on when could the Shield get a commercial debut, while the Tegra 4 processors have been seen powering a few intriguing devices of late, but neither of those is confirmed to be real and headed our way this year.
The even worse news for NVIDIA is people have started forgetting about Shield and Tegra 4, what with all the rumble about Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 and 800 platforms, plus the impressive smartphones recently launched or soon to be revealed by Samsung, LG, HTC or Google, all of which can basically act as gaming consoles if needed.
But I’m here to remind you Project Shield exists and is still worth keeping an eye on. Not convinced? Well, what if I told you the thing has been benchmarked in AnTuTu, with the final score smoking all the competition?
Oh, now I have your attention? If so, let’s all take a moment and let the following number really sink in – 32,150. That’s Shield’s alleged AnTuTu score and is so impressive that it makes Samsung’s Galaxy S4 or HTC’s One look like entry-level phones.
Okay, I might be exaggerating a bit, but there is a really big gap between the 32,000 points scored by Shield and GS4’s 23 or 25k, isn’t it? And chances are the gaming gear tested was not a finished, commercial product, but instead a pre-release prototype, so there’s more than an outside shot we’re going to be seeing the Shield go over the 35,000 mark once it’s out and about.
Which isn’t all that surprising given NVIDIA did “warn” us a while back its Tegra 4 CPUs were going to be capable of scores in the 36,000 points ballpark. Then again, the first three alleged Tegra 4-powered devices that leaked in the last few weeks, the mystery Toshiba tab, plus the HP Slate 21 AIO and Slatebook 10 X2, all choked before hitting 28,000, so we started thinking NVIDIA’s claims were bull.
Besides the impressive score that confirms Tegra 4 might be more than a worthy adversary for Snapdragon 600 and 800, the AnTutu test also reveals one little spec NVIDIA left out when announcing Project Shield – the quad-core processor’s 1.9 GHz clock speed.
There’s also Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean on board, which is no big surprise, while the rest of the features are not mentioned in the benchmark, but should be pretty well-known to the public by now – a flip-up 5-inch 720p display, 2 GB of RAM, microSD support, Wi-Fi, mini HDMI.
With the risk of being called a party pooper though, I have to remind you how easily faked benchmarks are, so before getting all giddy and excited about Project Shield’s impressive score, keep in mind that it could all be a hoax.