Nvidia's Rumored Shield Tablet Surfaces at GCF
Nvidia's tablet may have 3G and 4G LTE connectivity.
Is Nvidia still building a Shield gaming tablet? That seems to be the case based on a current listing on the Global Certification Forum website (GCF), showing that the device will support 3G and 4G networks when it is eventually released. The GCF is an "active partnership" that includes mobile devices, mobile carriers and the test industry.
Unfortunately, the GCF doesn't provide any additional hardware details. However, the Shield Tablet will supposedly feature a 7.9-inch screen with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, a Tegra K1 processor with a 192-core GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The tablet will also include a 7MP camera on the back and a 4.8MP camera on the front, along with wireless (N or AC) and Bluetooth connectivity.
Back in May, the rumor mill speculated that Nvidia's gaming tablet will feature the company's GameStream technology, which will allow customers with a Kepler-based GPU in their gaming rig to stream PC games to the device. The tablet will also have dual-band wireless connectivity so that gamers can stream those PC titles on the less-congested 5 GHz band.
There is speculation that this 7.9-inch tablet will have a controller dock, similar to what Wikipad 7 and Razer Edge Pro currently offer. We're guessing that this dock could include an extra battery for extended gameplay, and possibly additional space for playing stored movies and music.
Does this mean Nvidia is building two Shield devices? The Shield 2 was spotted back in April, packed with the Tegra K1 chip powering a 1440 x 810 screen, 4 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a 0.3MP camera. This version may keep the same clam/controller form factor as the original, providing a 5-inch screen that closes shut.
Providing two gaming devices is quite possible for Nvidia. The company could sell the 5-inch Shield 2 at a lower price while the 7.9-inch Shield Tablet addresses gamers wanting a bigger screen for their streaming PC games. Whatever is going on, something is in the works, and we're betting, based on the GCF info, that one or both will be revealed sometime this month.