Is Nvidia Building a Shield Tablet?

Last week we reported that an unannounced Nvidia tablet tagged as "Mocha" was spotted on the GFXBench website. The device had a 7.9-inch screen with a 2048 x 1536 resolution and a 5-point touch input at the very least. The device was also powered by Nvidia's new quad-core Tegra K1 chip, which is an ARM Cortex-15 based SoC with 192 CUDA cores.

The tablet's specs also revealed 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (13 GB free), support for OpenGL ES 3.1, and Android 4.4.2 "KitKat," the same OS that's used on Nvidia's Shield console. A 7MP camera on the back, a 4.8MP camera on the front, and Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity filled the specs list… for now, unofficially.

Now there's speculation that the Mocha device will feature Nvidia's GameStream technology, which means not only will owners play Android games, but stream a growing number of PC games to the device as well if customers have a Kepler-based desktop. The tablet will also supposedly have the Shield branding as well as dual-band wireless connectivity so that gamers can stream those PC titles on the 5 GHz band.

So again, we're left with rumors and speculation. We pegged the "Mocha" tablet as the next installment to Nvidia's Tegra Note series, but this new information has us scratching our heads. A Nvidia Shield tablet? Nvidia has a 5-inch model already with the Shield console. Perhaps the company plans to release a separate controller, or will partner with Power A (Moga controller)?

For right now, we really don't know if Mocha will be a gaming-focused tablet. The device could possibly serve as a second screen to the Shield 2, the latter of which was spotted in April with the Tegra K1 chip powering a 1440 x 810 screen. Shield 2 also included 4 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a 0.3MP camera. Hopefully, Nvidia will unravel the mystery surrounding the two devices soon so we can quit speculating.

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  • Nathan Willis
    I would not be shocked if they did. Most people use tablets.
    Lenovo is coming out with new i7 tablets. In time gaming tablets will be everywhere.
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  • vmem
    those 16GB of internal memory won't hold many games without allowing for microSD expansion :P

    but it would be nice if they did this... a gaming tablet would be much more useful than the shield...
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  • iknowhowtofixit
    A better question than "Is Nvidia Building a Shield Tablet?" is "Will Anyone Buy It?". The answer is still no.
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