The NVIDIA Shield gaming tablet was one of the most interesting products that NVIDIA released last year. Even though it hasn’t been in the market for a full year yet, NVIDIA may be planning to launch its successor very soon. According to a report published on Fudzilla, the successor to the Shield could be announced as soon as next month.
The main highlight of the upcoming Shield successor is going to be the recently announced Tegra X1 chipset that NVIDIA claims is the most powerful mobile chipset announced yet. NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 chip features eight processing cores based on 64-bit architecture. The chip comes with a 256-core Maxwell GPU that includes support for DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, CUDA, OpenGL ES 3.1 and AEP. It is also the first mobile chip to feature NVIDIA’s latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Tegra K1 chipset used on the NVIDIA Shield was already a powerhouse and remains one of the most powerful Android devices around. The Tegra X1 offers significant performance improvements over Tegra K1 and a 40% more powerful GPU. So the NVIDIA Shield ‘2’ could be the ultimate Android gaming device when it launches, and is likely to remain so for at least a couple of months.
As for the rest of the specifications, not much else is known currently but you can expect to see a similar-sized or slightly larger display on the new model and perhaps some changes to the controller. Fudzilla believes the new model may come with LTE connectivity as well. Android 5.0 Lollipop should be available out of the box too, not surprising since the NVIDIA Shield was among the first Android tablets to see an update to 5.0 Lollipop.
NVIDIA could apparently announce the second generation SHIELD tablet at the GPU technology conference that has been scheduled for March 17. Fudzilla claims the source of the information is the same that told them about the existence of the first gen Shield tablet much before its announcement, which does add some serious credibility to the report.