Nvidia's Tegra K1 SoC appears in 7.9'' Xiaomi tablet

Nvidia revealed its next-gen Tegra K1 SoC at CES in January. The chip will come in two flavors, both of which feature DirectX 11-class graphics based on the Kepler GPU architecture. One variant has proprietary "Denver" cores compatible with the 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set, while the other uses off-the-shelf ARM Coretex-A15 cores familiar from the Tegra 4. The A15 version is expected to arrive first, and Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi just introduced a tablet based on it. Check out the MiPad, which looks like the mutant offspring of the iPhone 5C and second-gen iPad Mini:

This 7.9" Android device has the same 2048x1536 display resolution as the Retina-equipped iPad Mini. The IPS screen is covered by a protective layer of Gorilla Glass, and the plastic body is wrapped around a magnesium alloy frame. The plasic back actually employs the same molding technology used to produce the iPhone 5C's body. And, like the 5C, the MiPad is available in a rainbow of colors.

Under the hood, the MiPad's Tegra K1 chip is clocked at 2.2GHz. That frequency is slightly higher than the 2.1GHz associated with the mysterious Nvidia Mocha device that popped up in online benchmark results last week. The MiPad mirrors the Mocha's other specifications pretty closely, though, at least based on the information leaked online.

Xiaomi pairs the Tegra chip with 2GB of RAM and either 16 or 64GB of flash-based storage. The onboard storage can be expanded via a microSD slot compatible with cards up to 128GB. Other perks include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO support, dual speakers, and both front- and rear-facing cameras. Xaiomi claims the 6700-mAh battery is good for 11 hours of video playback and 50 days of standby time.

Impressively, everything fits inside a 8.5-mm chassis that weighs 0.79 lbs. The latest iPad Mini is slightly slimmer and lighter, but only just.

The MiPad is set to sell for ¥1499 (~$241 USD) for the 16GB version and ¥1699 (~$273) for the 64GB variant. According to this Nvidia blog post, "select fans will get the option to go hands-on with pre-production units" as part of an open beta program that kicks off in June. There's no word on when the final version of the device will be ready or whether it will be sold in the U.S., however. Thanks to The Verge for the tip.

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