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Benchmark uncovers Nvidia Shield sequel with Tegra K1 chip, 4 GB RAM

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Nvidia ShieldNvidia did its damnedest to turn the Shield handheld game console from a tech oddity into a box-office hit and trend-setter, but at the end of the day, all the discounts and software updates were simply not enough.

Seeing how many deem the first-generation Shield a sales bust, you’d reckon Nvidia would think twice before rolling out any kind of sequel, rehash or spin-off. Yet a mysterious “test model” has been leaked by AnTuTu, packing hardware that put last year’s portable gaming device to shame.

First and foremost, a strapping homebrewed Tegra K1 processor with four cores clocked at 2.5 GHz, built on 64-bit architecture and advertised as 50 times faster than 2010’s Tegra 2. Also, considerably zippier than Qualcomm’s current spearhead, the Snapdragon 801, and likely on-par with the forthcoming S805.

Not impressed yet? Then this should seal the deal once and for all: the Nvidia Tegra 2 (or Plus, or Max) comes with 4 GB RAM in tow. Twice as much as its predecessor. And at least 1 gig extra than any and all Android gadgets around.

Weirdly, Nvidia is apparently set to keep things modest in the screen resolution department – 1,440 x 900 pixels, aka WXGA+. No words on size (5, 5.5 inches are my guesses), while software-wise the next-gen console is up to date, running Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean.

The final tidbits revealed by AnTuTu are built-in storage (16 GB), and the unexpected presence of a 0.3 MP front-facing camera. See, Nvidia, that’s your problem. You worry about useless features like cams and neglect key stuff such as battery life and cooling.

Via [AnTuTu China]

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