A follow-up to Nvidia’s Android-based Shield gaming console has been expected for some time now, but the end result might be a bit flatter than what fans are expecting. According to a new listing on testing firm Global Certification Forum, the Shield 2 could launch as a tablet instead of the gamepad-touchscreen fusion we saw with its predecessor.
The GCF listing from late June clearly labels the product in question as the “Shield Tablet,” making a slate-based Shield console all but imminent. The listing is devoid of physical specs for the device, and only provides information on wireless networks being tested with the tablet.
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This listing arrives several months after reports of Nvidia’s purported “Mocha” tablet, which is rumored to pack Nvidia’s beefy Tegra K1 processor and a 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 display. We’re not sure if Mocha is the code name for this newly uncovered Shield Tablet, but we’d be surprised to see Nvidia release two separate slates dedicated to high-end gaming.
Previous reports point to a July 22 release date for the Shield 2, which, like the purported Mocha, could arrive with a K1 processor. However, those rumors seem to suggest a true follow-up to the foldable gamepad design of the original Shield, and it remains to be seen whether or not Nvidia wants to create two distinct form factors for its Shield line.
A Shield Tablet could win folks over with a bigger display and standalone tablet functionality, so long as it keeps the PC game-streaming ability that served as a big selling point for the original.
We gave the original Nvidia Shield four out of five stars in our review, praising its speedy Tegra 4 performance, tight controls and long battery life. We look forward to getting our hands on its successor, should it arrive gamepad-style or on a tablet-shaped platter.