Only the former failed to catch on in the mainstream tech décor, while the latter was left to third-party Nvidia partners to brand and advertise to their choosing. Which didn’t really work out for the best either.
But the world-renowned chip maker is intent on trying again, and this time, the Santa Clara-based firm looks to have combined the good of the Shield with the, um, acceptable of the Tegra Note. Enter the Shield Tablet, indirectly confirmed on Nvidia’s very own website a little while back and pictured by serial leaker @evleaks today.
Of course, we can’t be sure of the pic’s legitimacy, as always, but since we’re dealing with a tried and tested source, we’ll just blindly trust it for the time being. Looking at the press render, we can’t help but notice a striking resemblance with HTC designs, although we’ll file that under coincidences.
Especially as the similarities lie in the overall slimness, industrial elegance of the gizmos, plus the deliciously prominent front-facing stereo speakers. Aside from crisp clear sound though, we expect the Shield Tablet to impress with raw speed, thanks to a cutting edge quad-core Tegra K1 SoC, outstanding screen resolution (2,048 x 1,536 pixels), and gaming-friendly rich memory: 2 GB RAM.
Software-wise, pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat is a near guarantee, albeit if Nvidia pushes the launch beyond early fall, KK’s L sequel could be a possibility too. That might sound pretty awesome, but who’d want to wait so long?