So as far as gaming tablets go, we’re looking to NVIDIA at the top of the pile. They put out the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet in 2014, and there were no questions at all as to who was top dog in this market. They repackaged said tablet last year, similar specs but a lower price tag, with the SHILED Tablet K1. That was probably to prepare for what’s coming this year, and FCC documents show us a new, yet unannounced NVIDIA tablet, probably coming our way later in the year.
First up, NVIDIA has saw it fit now to update the original SHIELD Tablet (2014 version) to Android 6.0.1. The new update is also bringing the newfangled Vulkan Graphics API to give apps better access to NVIDIA’s high-powered GPU. The update also brings with it some tweaks and fixes for specific games, as well as Android Marshmallow’s battery-saving “Doze mode”.
So a new NVIDIA tablet has been evaluated by the FCC, and we’ve had no word on it whatsoever. The FCC docs are a bit short on specs as well. Here are the specs we know:
– It supports 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz 802.11ac WiFi.
– The tablet has a micro USB port.
– There’s Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy support.
– The tablet measures 8.6″ x 4.8″ x 0.3″ and weighs 12.3 ounces.
This sounds like the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet upgrade we’ve been expecting for a while now. It would not be like NVIDIA to put out a middling or low-end tablet, so a non-gaming device would likely be out of the question. Would this tablet be sporting the Tegra X1 processor found on the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Console? We hope so, but there’s no way to confirm right now.
We can only assume that this will be a gaming tablet of some sort, and we hope it has the Tegra X1, plus a lot more RAM to burn. More information on this device as it comes, so watch this space.