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Leaked: Press shot of presumed Nvidia Shield Android tablet

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Nvidia-Shield-TabletNvidia entered the Android device manufacturing scene quite abruptly last year, taking us all by surprise with a pioneering Shield handheld game console design and pretty bold Tegra Note tablet.

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?

Via [Evleaks]

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