NVIDIA Shield ‘notebook/tablet’ reportedly set to replace original game console

BY Evan Selleck

Published 2 Jul 2014

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It has been almost a year since NVIDIA initially launched their mobile gaming console, the Shield, so it would make sense that the company is looking to replace it with a new device. According to the Global Certification Forum (GCF), that device could be right around the corner, and feature a unique design all its own.

Indeed, the design for the original Shield from NVIDIA was unique in its own way, combining the design of a video game console’s controller and attaching a small display to the top of it, so that you could game from essentially anywhere (eventually, thanks to software updates). Now a new report, based on results from the GCF website, suggests that NVIDIA plans on changing up the design of their Shield portable yet again, this time aiming for a “notebook/tablet” design, which has many speculating that this could mean it will boast a hybrid or convertible form factor. It gets even more interesting, considering the work that NVIDIA has gone through to make sure that games are compatible with the original Shield’s hardware controls, so one would have to imagine that NVIDIA will include some kind of physical control scheme with their new portable device.

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As far as details go, they are few and far between at this point. It’s believed that the new device will host NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chip, and that the device will have a 7.9-inch display, which is said to have a resolution of 2048×1536. It should be running Android 4.4.2 KitKat right out of the box, a 7MP camera on the back with a 4.8-megapixel shooter on the front. It will supposedly have 32GB of storage, and 2GB of RAM.

As far as a release date goes, if NVIDIA wants to stick to a yearly refresh rate, then we should be seeing the official reveal of the device very soon, with a launch at the end of the month. Are you looking forward to the NVIDIA Shield Tablet?

[via The Verge; GCF]