Although NVIDIA hasn’t said whether or not a new SHIELD device is on the way, the company is sure doing its best to unofficially reveal its plans for the future. The company mistakenly listed a “SHIELD Tablet” last month on its site, and now the device has mysteriously popped up at the Global Certification Forum (picture below). That just about seals the deal, wouldn’t you say?
The newest appearance doesn’t reveal much—the device will sport 3G and 4G radios. But it further fuels what is increasingly looking like NVIDIA’s next big play for mobile gaming. The company already offers a tremendously unique device in the SHIELD, but it’s always been unclear if NVIDIA would offer another, more advanced version, or do something else entirely. It sure looks like the latter.
According to earlier rumors, the SHIELD Tablet will come equipped with a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536-pixel display, a Tegra K1 chip with a 192-core GPU, a 7-megapixel rear camera (4.8-megapixel front), 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There are also reports the tablet will come with some form of controls on extended bezels—maybe like a Wii U-type implementation? Your guess is as good as ours.
A possible SHIELD 2—not the SHIELD Tablet—has actually made a recent appearance on AnTuTu, so perhaps NVIDIA has two new devices coming down the pipeline. We’re more than excited to see the K1 hit the market, and NVIDIA has shown it is capable of making its own products. New NVIDIA devices are obviously floating around out there, so we’ll keep our eye on anything else that breaks in the near future.