We already know that Nvidia’s Shield 2 handheld Android console is on the way. According to specs listed on an AnTuTu benchmark, the device will sport the company’s new Tegra K1 chip clocked at 2.5 GHz, a screen with a 1440 x 810 resolution, and Android 4.4.2. The device will also include 4 GB of memory, 16 GB of internal storage and a front-facing camera.
Now there’s a date that may or may not be accurate: July 22. That makes sense actually: the original Nvidia Shield launched on July 31, 2013, so it appears that Nvidia may be trying to keep launch windows 12 months apart. Actually the original Shield was slated for June 2013, but was pushed back a month (opens in new tab). Hopefully the same won’t be true for the second-generation model.
As for the price, that’s unknown for now, but keep in mind that Nvidia tried to sell the original Shield for $349.99, but was pushed to knock $50 off due to pressure from the gaming community. Nvidia knocked off another $50 earlier this year, and is now offering $25 USD in Google Play credit (opens in new tab) with each $199 Shield purchase. Not too shabby.
Currently Nvidia’s Shield is the only mobile gaming platform where you can play Valve Software’s Half-Life 2 and Portal. For the uninitiated, Nvidia’s Shield has a built-in 5-inch touch screen with a 1280 x 720 resolution (294 PPI), the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, mini-HDMI output, a microSD card slot, dual-band Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and more.
The big selling point with Shield is that customers with a gaming machine that uses a Kepler-based Nvidia GeForce GPU can stream their compatible games to the Shield. There are also plenty of great Android games as well that are compatible with the Shield’s controller and Tegra chip. Thus the original Shield caters to two sets of gamers: the Android crowd and Nvidia GeForce customers.
Sources state that unlike the original Shield, the new Tegra K1-based model will ship worldwide. The first Shield unit only shipped within the United States and Canada.