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Nvidia Shield Tablet leaks ahead of launch

Nvidia Shield Tablet leaks ahead of launch

This image, leaked by @evleaks, claims to represent the design of Nvidia's upcoming Shield Android-powered gaming tablet.

The successor to Nvidia's Project Shield hand-held console has been leaked ahead of launch, and it may prove a disappointment for some: it's a fairly textbook Android-powered tablet.

Rumours that Nvidia was planning a tablet-based successor to its Shield hand-held have been circling for months, and were seemingly confirmed recently when just such a device appeared on the Federal Communication Commission website. Now, the first image purporting to show the device has been leaked by noted industry insider @evleaks.

The image shows a compact tablet featuring what appears to be a pair of front-facing stereo speakers. It's a similar layout to that used by the HTC One family, suggesting that Nvidia may have partnered with HTC on the device's production. Prior leaks had suggested that the tablet will feature a 7.9" display of at least 1,920x1,080 resolution and the ability to stream games content from a laptop or desktop with a recent Nvidia GeForce graphics chip.

Internally, the tablet is claimed to feature Nvidia's latest Tegra K1 system-on-chip processor. This is the first in the Tegra family to feature the same graphics technology as the company's desktop and laptop products, packing 192 Kepler CUDA cores alongside four ARM Cortex-A15 general-purpose processors. That power is tamed by the inclusion of a fifth 'Shadow Core,' a low-power ARM Cortex-A9 chip which takes over during idle periods and allows the bulk of the SoC to switch off entirely.

Nvidia has not commented on the accuracy of the leak, but has been dropping hints that it has something to launch in the near future with a pre-Christmas 2014 unveiling seemingly guaranteed.

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Dave Lister 18th July 2014, 14:14 Quote
So they've decided to play it safe this time around and gone for a bog standard tablet ! that seems like such a shame given that it's marketed as a gaming device.
maverik-sg1 18th July 2014, 16:15 Quote
It's all about price of course, lets assume this is reasonable.

With 192 cores under the hood the gpu power of this is already more than the xbox360 and PS3, more RAM (but maybe not more v-ram?).

CPU probably at 2,2ghz which is slower than the 3.2ghz tri-core 360 and multicore PS3 - but for gaming GPU horsepower counts for more.

If they can do a plug-in armour kit that (as well as protection) provides analogue sticks and some buttons to the sides, like this http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6731/Wikipad-WP005-Press1-20130206white.jpg or like the original NV Shield, then they could have a really nice product.

I'd like to see decent front and rear cameras too, but maybe that's asking too much.
Gareth Halfacree 18th July 2014, 16:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by maverik-sg1
With 192 cores under the hood the gpu power of this is already more than the xbox360 and PS3, more cores and processing horse power too.
I've got a Jetson TK1 dev board on my desk at the moment; I can confirm that the Tegra K1 is one hell of a chip.
GuilleAcoustic 18th July 2014, 17:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
I've got a Jetson TK1 dev board on my desk at the moment; I can confirm that the Tegra K1 is one hell of a chip.

I hate you :p
TheDarkSide 18th July 2014, 18:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
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Originally Posted by maverik-sg1
With 192 cores under the hood the gpu power of this is already more than the xbox360 and PS3, more cores and processing horse power too.
I've got a Jetson TK1 dev board on my desk at the moment; I can confirm that the Tegra K1 is one hell of a chip.


What are you planning to do with it?
maybe a little write up telling us about your experience with the board?;)
rollo 18th July 2014, 19:19 Quote
So we going to see this in the uk or this another USA only product launch. If USA only personally don't care less how good it is or what it does.
GuilleAcoustic 18th July 2014, 19:33 Quote
I just want a picoITX board with a tegra K1 .... still have a keyputer on hold :-)
freeclout 18th July 2014, 19:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by maverik-sg1


If they can do a plug-in armour kit that (as well as protection) provides analogue sticks and some buttons to the sides, like this http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6731/Wikipad-WP005-Press1-20130206white.jpg or like the original NV Shield, then they could have a really nice product.

I'd like to see decent front and rear cameras too, but maybe that's asking too much.

if they just made it ready to go with wireless Xbox or PS controllers I'd be happy
Gareth Halfacree 18th July 2014, 20:38 Quote
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What are you planning to do with it? maybe a little write up telling us about your experience with the board?;)
Just reviewing it for a few publications. Not here, sadly. I've been posting about my experience on Twitter, though, including how impressive the CUDA-accelerated smoke and particle simulations are, considering the entire system is only drawing about 8W while they're running. I got it up to 14W, but only when running a heavy CUDA-accelerated financial calculation. Bit disappointed at the GPIO, though.
Nexxo 18th July 2014, 20:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
I've got a Jetson TK1 dev board on my desk at the moment; I can confirm that the Tegra K1 is one hell of a chip.

Install XMBC ARM edition, and it may be one hell of a media centre too... Would be nice. Windows MCE is just getting too flaky for my liking.
mi1ez 20th July 2014, 23:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by maverik-sg1
If they can do a plug-in armour kit that (as well as protection) provides analogue sticks and some buttons to the sides, like this http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6731/Wikipad-WP005-Press1-20130206white.jpg or like the original NV Shield, then they could have a really nice product.

And an extended battery!
David164v8 21st July 2014, 10:55 Quote
Is it related to this at all?

http://ultimate.nvidia.eu/en-gb
Stelph 22nd July 2014, 11:39 Quote
Since all the slides are out already, its interesting that some of the them refer to a "shield portable", suggests there may be both a tablet and another shield type all in one design?

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2014/07/18115400707l.jpg
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