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NVIDIA Shield 2 / Sequel Surfaces in Benchmark: Tegra K1 SoC, 4GB of RAM

by Mihai Matei on April 22, 2014


It’s been quite a while since the NVIDIA Shield hit the shelves and we were starting to wonder whether or not the GPU giant has any plans for a sequel. After all, it seemed that the original handheld console has been successful enough to deserve a follow-up, and not too long ago we’ve also dug out information on the ASUS Gamebox – a Tegra 4-powered device that seemed to be a direct competitor to the Shield.

Back in Q4 2013 there have been rumors suggesting that NVIDIA was already working on a Shield 2, but we haven’t heard much since. Today the Shield sequel has finally made it back under the spotlight, as the gadget in question appears to have paid AnTuTu a visit. Check out the details below.

NVIDIA Shield Sequel Surfaces in Benchmark: Tegra K1 SoC, 4GB of RAM

NVIDIA Shield Sequel Surfaces in Benchmark: Tegra K1 SoC, 4GB of RAM

NVIDIA Shield Sequel Hits AnTuTu

Judging by the information gathered from AnTuTu, NVIDIA’s Shield sequel is currently undergoing testing, and as of yet, the device appears to be running on the powerful K1 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz. This is the same SoC that is capable of scoring roughly 44,500 points in AnTuTu. The SoC is coupled with 4 GB of RAM, and boasts a Kepler graphics processing unit with 192 CUDA cores.


Aside from that, the handheld console’s screen resolution is set at 1440 x 810, and we’re guessing that 90 pixels in height are occupied by the Android on-screen nav-bar. In contrast, the ongoing Shield features a resolution of 1280 x 720.

The NVIDIA Shield 2 appears to be running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and comes with a single front-facing 0.3MP camera. Storage-wise, the gadget packs 16 GB of ROM.

Are any of our readers excited for a Shield sequel? Do you own the original model, and if so, what changes and improvements would you like to see from the new model? Feel free to drop us a line in the comment section.

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  • jonen

    Please release it in Europe this time, Nvidia

  • Blue Gum

    $249 max.
    I hope the GPU is running at the theoretical 365Gflop boasted by Nvidia, the CPU is 200Mhz higher so the GPU might also be overclocked.

    One can only hope it runs cooler and has a quieter fan, as well as equal or superior battery life.

    • deppman

      “One can only hope it runs cooler and has a quieter fan, as well as equal or superior battery life.”

      I am perplexed. Is this like a “when is the last time you beat your wife” question? Because the each of these currently are strong selling points of the Shield, and I own one and can attest to it. If the next-gen Shield matches or beats all these metrics, it would do very well indeed.

      * “One can only hope it runs cooler”

      The current Shield runs very cool. No heat is apparent except on the back vent when the fan spins up. Nothing touches your hands.

      * “and has a quieter fan”

      The only time I heard the fan was the one time I put my head down by then vent to see if there really was a fan in there. It is otherwise inaudible.

      * “as well as equal or superior battery life”

      Battery life of the current Shield is, by some benchmarks, the best of any android device. I see 4-6 hours of hardcore 3D gaming on the device, and 10-14 hour for light usage (e.g. watching Hulu).

      And to all those who say that a bluetooth controller + smartphone is just as good as a Shield, consider that such a setup might get them:

      a. 1/3 to 1/4 the play time per charge
      b. Blue-tooth induced lag
      c. The phone might burst into flames (google Nexus 5 fire)
      d. Dropped frames and performance when throttled at its thermal limit ( this takes about 3-5 minutes on my Nexus 4).

      The Shield, with its active cooling, just keeps on going at full throttle for hours. My family loves it.

  • dudeinco

    Larger screen… A lot of real-estate could be utilized more efficiently if they dropped the front bezel and replaced it with LCD. In talking to others, I’d say that’s #1 on the list. My idea would be a screen that unfolded on both side, held together by seamless hinges, but that’s more of a pipe dream.

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