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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.

Filed in Gaming . Tags: NVIDIA Shield and tegra k1.
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