Is This Nvidia's Shield Gaming Tablet?

Thanks to @evleaks, we now have an idea of what Nvidia's Shield Tablet may look like when it's released, presumably sometime this month. As shown in the image, the Shield launcher is fully intact, listing the Shield-only versions of Half-Life 2 and Portal, among a few other titles.

As previously reported, the Shield Tablet is expected to have 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 may 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.

Whether or not the specs are the real deal is unknown at this point. A different set of specs emerged back in April, listing the Tegra K1 chip powering a 1440 x 810 screen, 4 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a 0.3MP camera. However, both will be compatible with Nvidia's game streaming technology that allows Kepler-based machines to stream PC games directly to the Android tablet.

The BBC reported last week that Nvidia plans to offer a separate "budget priced" controller, seemingly backing up the possibility that the follow-up to the original Shield will be in tablet form. As it stands right now, Nvidia customers can already pair a third-party Bluetooth controller to their Shield device, emulating a console experience.

Last July, Nvidia launched the Shield handheld console for $250. Since then, the company has knocked $50 off the price. The cost for the Shield Tablet may be in the same ballpark considering the size of the screen and the zippy Tegra K1 packed inside.

As always, Nvidia is keeping quiet save for acknowledging that a follow-up device to the Shield is definitely in the works.

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  • TechyInAZ
    Interesting. I wonder if the performance increase will be compared to the tegra note 7.
  • jasonelmore
    i really hope they make another clam shell model.
  • kumouri
    The device in the picture (through terrible, terrible measurement with a piece of paper) is not 4:3 and therefore not 2048 x 1536. It's somewhat close to 16:10 (1.6:1) at 1.53:1.