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Puzzling Nvidia Mocha tab surfaces with outrageous specs: Retina-like 7.9-inch display, K1 chip

Nvidia’s mobile chip manufacturing division might be gasping for air and the company’s rookie gaming handheld and tablet efforts clearly failed to make an impact, but you can’t blame the Santa Clara-based tech giant for trying.

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Especially when their next stab at Android slates looks as mind-blowing as the “Mocha”. Revealed by the omnipresent, omniscient GFX Bench database and likely to get a name change once if it goes official, the Mocha is allegedly a 7.9 incher with a 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution display.

Wait a second, wait for it, an instant more, boom, there you go. The number really sank in, eh? Known as QXGA, aka Quad Extended Graphics Array, it’s the so-called Retina-grade res used on Apple’s latest iPad Air.

Only Cupertino’s pad is a 9.7 incher that delivers 264 ppi pixel density. Meanwhile, assuming the info disclosed today is legit, Nvidia’s Tegra Note follow-up should boast a, wait for it, 324 ppi. Forget Retina, this is Super-Retina.

And we’re just getting started in listing all the awesome features that may well make the Mocha the first legitimate iPad mini “killer” contender. On the software side of things, the gizmo comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out the box, whereas the quad-core 2.1 GHz Tegra K1 CPU, along with the Kepler GPU, seem to remarkably outperform each and every phone and tablet out and about.

Take Samsung’s spanking new, sizzling hot Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. Its Adreno 330 GPU scores results three times as modest as the Kepler in several on and offscreen 3D graphics tests, including Manhattan and T-Rex. Impressive? That must be the understatement of the century.

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And sure, the K1 inside Mocha’s hood, comprised of four Cortex-A15 cores, is still built on 32-bit architecture instead of the coveted 64-bit. But for the time being, this should do nicely in keeping Qualcomm at bay and possibly, create the perfect opportunity for a Phoenix-like comeback.

By the by, Nvidia’s future powerhouse looks like a photographic champion too, thanks to an 8 MP rear-facing camera and, get this, 5 MP selfie-friendly front snapper. It almost sounds too good to be true.

And the on-board 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage space (13 user available), while not mind-boggling, are decent enough to keep the overall force of nature picture intact. Of course, with no confirmation the gadget is real and coming soon, we need to treat the “information” package with maximum discretion and caution.

For starters, we can’t be certain it’s a Tegra Note sequel or Shield spin-off, though the latter is obviously a stretch for more than one reason. More importantly, just because someone tested the “Mocha” and bothered to benchmark it, it doesn’t mean it’s headed to store shelves.

It could be an experiment. A hoax. A prank. But it’s not. Say it isn’t so, Nvidia, please, pretty please with sugar on top. And cream. A mocha without cream is something else entirely.

Via [GFX Bench]