Several reports have suggested that NVIDIA is readying to add a new member to its SHIELD family by introducing the SHIELD Tablet. Now we’re getting one of the very first looks at the alleged device, thanks to a new leak from Evleaks. The picture appears to be a high-quality press image, and tied with the consistent track record of Evleaks, we’re apt to believe this is the real deal.
The picture suggests NVIDIA’s SHIELD tablet will sport front-facing stereo speakers with one placed on either side of the display. That’s similar to what HTC has done with its BoomSound speakers on several smartphones, and should provide for a first-class audio experience, depending on the hardware used inside. Additionally, we can see the software points to support for a Bluetooth controller – pretty much standard for Android devices these days, and quick access to games like Half-Life, Portal, Wind-up Knight 2 and Fright Fight, in addition to others. Those PC titles likely require support for GameStream first, which is a requirement to NVIDIA’s current SHIELD product.
Earlier rumors pointed to a super sharp 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536-pixel display, a Tegra K1 preocessor with a 192–core GPU, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and a 7-megapixel camera. It also appears there may be a metal body involved, though we can’t tell for certain from the pictures alone. Hopefully we hear more on this device in the near future, but we otherwise aren’t sure when it will hit the market or how much it will cost.