The NVIDIA SHIELD has recently been spotted in an FCC filing. The Tegra 4 powered handheld gaming console is sporting the original codename, which for those who might have missed that detail, was Project Thor. That bit aside, the filing unfortunately doesn't reveal anything new. And while that may have been a nice way to discover some hidden functionality or the addition of a cellular radio -- there is an upside here.
The upside is simple, this filing just removes one of the final hurdles that could have stood in the way of shipments. Looking back, the SHIELD pre-orders began earlier in the month and while we are still waiting a specific release date from NVIDIA, those should be shipping soon enough. Previous details tell the story of shipments that are going to begin in early June.
Otherwise, the FCC filing had the usual array of goodies including the POA, confidentiality letter, FCC ID labels and the test reports. Nothing in the way of a user manual, but then again we suspect most wouldn't have read it anyway. Not to mention, we suspect most of those who are eagerly awaiting a SHIELD delivery already know just about all there is to know about the system.
Just in case, the SHIELD will have a 5-inch 1280 x 720 HD display with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We should also mention that it will be powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. The system will launch with easy access to the NVIDIA TegraZone for games and those who move forward with a pre-order will get Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II, and Expendable: Rearmed for free.
The system is priced at $349 and in addition to pre-orders fired with NVIDIA, those looking to make a purchase can also hit up several other retailers including Gamestop, Newegg and Microcenter. So how about it, anyone excited about the SHIELD? In the meantime, make sure to hit up our NVIDIA Tegra Hub to get a look at our previous SHIELD coverage including some hands-on videos.