Its been a year since the release of the original NVIDIA Shield. The hand-held was one of the most powerful Android devices at its time but time moves on and so did NVIDIA. The company spent the last year porting PC games to Shield so its users can enjoy games such as Portal 2. Its time to introduce something new, it might not be a new hand-held console but instead NVIDIA is looking for a hybrid tablet/laptop powered by the blazing fast Tegra K1 SoC. Shield Tablet will handle complex graphics on a portable device which gives developers more power to work with when porting games to Android.
NVIDIA Hybrid Shield Tablet
NVIDIA has already experimented the tablet development with its Tegra Note 7 powered by Tegra 4 SoC. This gives the company the experience of producing a tablet it needs to develop the Shield Tablet. NVIDIA wants to bring PC capable hardware in portable devices and recent Tegra K1 demos have revealed that it has power to give a tough competition to consoles.
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NVIDIA Shield tablet is going to be hybrid which means we can expect something similar to Microsoft’s Surface. Its going to be something interesting since a lot of factors will be taken in to account, whether it will be a hybrid Windows/Android tablet or not. In order to be a hybrid PC it should perform all the tasks that a laptop can perform so Windows should be essential.
NVIDIA Shield tablet is a long way from launch since its in the development stage and all this information is derived from a tweet by a certification company. Speculated specifications might be 7.9-inch display with 2048 x 1536 resolution, Tegra K1 SoC, 2 GB RAM, Android Kit Kat OS and 16/32 GB storage. Until we receive an official word from the company nothing can be classified as official specifications.
Source: The Verge