NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 processor is a low-power chip with an ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core CPU and 192-core Kepler graphics processor. Unveiled in January, the Tegra K1 is now starting to show up in real products… like the Lenovo Terminator S9 smart TV.
Engadget reports the 50 inch TV has a 4K display, a Tegra K1 chip, and it features a custom version of Android 4.2 designed to let you run apps and games on your TV.
Worried that the Tegra K1 chip will seem outdated long before you’re ready to buy a new TV? Don’t worry — the “smart” part of this smart TV is actually a removable Smart Card module that plugs into the back of your TV using proprietary connector.
You can slide it out and replace the Smart Card with a newer module in a few years… assuming Lenovo continues to offer new modules.
At launch, the Terminator S9 features a Smart Card with a Tegra K1 chip, micro USB and microSD ports. If leaked benchmarks are anything to go by, it appears the Smart Card also features 2GB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage.
The Smart Card also supports Bluetooth and works with a wireless remote control with just two buttons: power and voice control. There’s also a touch-sensitive area on the controller which you can use to swipe or you can wave the remote around to select on-screen content.
Lenovo plans to use Smart Cards for all of its future smart TVs, allowing customers to either buy a TV that comes with a card or to buy the card separately and slot it into a TV.
Unfortunately there are currently no plans to offer the Terminaator S9 or other smart TV sets outside of China anytime soon.