NVIDIA’s Android based handheld gaming console, the Shield, is due for an update later this year. While it is not known as yet exactly when the company plans on launching a successor, rumors have already started floating around about what we can expect. The latest is accompanied by benchmark results of a Shield 2 prototype. Apparently the next generation handheld console will tout NVIDIA’s own Tegra K1 system-on-chip coupled with a whopping 4GB of RAM.
Assuming that the specifications of this prototype are true, Shield 2 will then surely pack a mean punch. The existing console has a Tegra 4 quadcore processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. One can only imagine the sheer power that would be provided by NVIDIA Tegra K1 with double the RAM.
The previous console had a 5-inch 1,280×720 pixel resolution multi-touch display. While its not known if NVIDIA plans on increasing the size, the benchmark results hint at a possible 1,440×900 pixel resolution display for the Shield 2. Presumably the company wouldn’t want to go past 6-inches to maintain a proper handheld profile, but nothing can be said for sure at this point in time.
No word as yet about NVIDIA’s plans of launching a Shield successor. The company is yet to talk about it so we’ll have to wait for official word on the specifications before we can be truly sure of its power.