NVIDIA’s still working on pushing SHIELD to more consumers, but you’d be a fool to think they aren’t working on their follow-up behind the scenes. The NVIDIA SHIELD 2 is expected to be quite the doozy, but we didn’t know what to expect… until today.
A new Antutu benchmark entry tells of a SHIELD test unit that runs Android 4.4.2. Some of the early hardware reported sounds quite powerful. Take a look yourself:
- 2.5GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 with GeForce Kepler graphics (192 CUDA cores)
- 1440 x 810 display resolution
- 4GB of RAM
- VGA front camera
- 16GB of internal storage
It sounds like some pretty massive firepower. While we expected Tegra K1, the 4GB of RAM took us by surprise. It’s not that we don’t believe NVIDIA would want to make this thing as powerful as it can be, but Android in its current state wouldn’t be able to take advantage of all four gigabytes. Perhaps NVIDIA wants to make sure this thing is as future-proof as possible for when Google eventually introduces 64-bit support.
Of course, it’s only a test unit so any of this stuff could change at the snap of a finger. For now, though, it sounds like NVIDIA doesn’t want to introduce a device that’s going to disappoint.
[via G for Games]