An image of what looked to be a Shield-like controller at the FCC last month had rumors swirling about a successor to NVIDIA's hybrid touchscreen-gamepad system. Well, it looks like that may have only been part of the picture because @evleaks has just dropped a shot of what is claimed to be the Shield tablet. Take a look.


This device is remarkably similar to NVIDIA's Tegra Note reference hardware in regard to design language, so we're clearly looking at something they've created. No other information is provided. While it is very close to the Tegra Note aesthetically, there are some key differences - the arrangement of the front-facing camera, what looks to be an aluminum or metallic finish on the speaker grilles at the top and bottom of the device, and a shot of what I can only assume is an unreleased version of NVIDIA's Tegra Zone app.

Whatever it is, judging by the press-quality photo it's probably on the way at some point in the near future. We'll be on the lookout for any more news about this Shield Tablet in the coming weeks.


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  • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

    press quality ?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Meaning it's not a photo but a picture/render prepared for the press release.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Front-facing stereo speakers!

    • briankariu

      They are finally a thing!!! Sweet

      • abobobilly

        Are you implying that by employing those speakers, Nvidia has set a benchmark for others to follow? Because Nvidia hardly does that kind of thing.

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    • Michael J Carroll

      Nah, just like the G2, its just one speaker 😉

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        And you know what... how? It isn't out yet, there's no knowing if it'll be the same arrangement as Tegra Note 7.

        • Michael J Carroll

          I'm just messing. I really hope it is dual speakers and has the same stylus support as the Note 7... I really need a tablet to take notes with for school.

    • merman1983

      Now if they could just include a game controller with this. Maybe even attach it to the tablet and like have it fold out somehow.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Maybe they will, let's wait and see. It'd be weird to have a SHIELD tablet without an actual controller. I, for one, loved the premise behind the Wikipad myself. It was super fun to play, though I'm not sure NVIDIA will want to replicate that sort of controller.

      • Drew Duncan

        This time around they are intentionally cutting out the controller because users didn't buy the Nvidia sheild. The good news is that Playstation controllers work well with Andriod tablets.

    • abobobilly

      Okay yes, it had me excited for a second there. But while holding it in landscape mode, they'll be covered by your thumbs/palms. It may not impact the user experience by a lot, but it'll definitely be disturbing (especially for cases where stereo speakers can actually be useful; say, in movie watching)

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Not if there's big enough to let the sound out anyway. I mean, this sort of works even on a smaller device, like the One M8, it should work even better on a tablet.

  • ddpacino

    Highly reminiscent of the HTC Ones, and not that that's a bad thing. Mobile gaming still isn't for me, but would love to see how this turns out.

    • AOSPrevails

      If this is 8" 2560X1600 and Volantis is still 4:3 then I have no doubt which one I am buying this winter.

  • hamza zafar

    Looks a bit like the HTC One M7. And that's not a bad thing :p

    • someone755

      Just please, whoever is making this, don't make it suck, do timely updates, don't cost more than my house does and basically don't fuck up.

      • gk1984

        Once they have the next chip to push, they'll forget this one (and this tablet) exist... NVIDIA dropping support like they're going out of business

      • james fuston

        SHIELD (which this is supposedly set to replace) checks all those boxes.

        • renz

          instead of Shield i'm thinking more about Tegra note 7 (i know this was supposed to carry Shield naming). it was cheap, fast, and being updated regularly by nvidia. they even have Kit Kat updates ahead of Shield.

          • james fuston

            I would imagine that testing Game Stream would be one of the bigger reasons that the SHIELD got the 4.4 update later than the Tegra Note.

        • someone755

          It leaves a square in the "Don't fuck it up" by only being available in the US.
          A K1 tablet priced like the N7 or the G Pad 8.3 would sell like crazy everywhere, just like the SHIELD would have.
          Sadly, that square is far from being a check.

          • james fuston

            The SHIELD launched at the same price as the G Pad 8.3 in the US.

  • Cuvis

    They would announce this after I finally got a new tablet...

  • anon

    I remember nvidia showing off this tablet prototype:


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It's similar, not the same. That's a Tegra Note 7 chassis, this is not a Tegra Note 7.

  • Steven Code

    So its a higher quality of their cheepo tablet?...

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    As it looks like we may not see another Nexus 7, this becomes more intriguing. Especially as I always saw my Nexus 7's as game machines.

    • ddpacino

      What makes you think that?

      • someone755

        Volantis, Android Silver, and no leaks/rumors about the next N7, I think I'll buy this as well if it's 7-8" and doesn't require me to sell a kidney for one.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        @someone755:disqus basically nailed it. All the leaks are of Volantis, which suggest it's their focus, and we've always known basically EVERYTHING about the new 7 by now. Actually, we've had the new 7 in our hands by now.

  • Kashmieer

    OMG! dat design looks damn stupid on tablet. And It does not look that unique as other Nexus line.

  • didibus

    Day 1 purchase. I love my Shield.

  • Matthew Fry

    As cool as this is, I think my 5.7" phone and a K1 Shield are what my next devices are. I was sick of touchscreen controls when they started appearing and I still hate them.

  • Mr E

    I was initially very critical of the original shield, but I really like the idea of having a good quality built-in controller. The only problem was my pc never was supported by the streaming feature, which was a dealbreaker for me. If they can make a shield 2.0 controller (or I'd like a tablet with controls a la the Vita), and steam opens in-home streaming to android, i'll be all-in.

  • HellG

    God damn it, that means no Shield 2, i was waiting for it for so long now,damn it :(

  • http://www.androidofvirtue.com/ Robert Best

    With Evleaks recent track record I am surprised you guys are running with this.

  • Braden Abbott

    I am praying for at least a 1080p display and 2GB of RAM, the Tegra Note really let me down in those areas.

  • ana

    i hope it has a big big big battery, and improved directstylus!!!

  • Jaromir KM Bracki

    Dear lord, it looks like an overgrown iteration of HTC One. In terms of design, it is cool and classy, and front facing speakers are neat, but I expect that some people would get annoyed while placing their thumbs over the speakers' grills.

  • renz

    since this device is pretty much confirm to exist already will AP going to review this?


  • An Tran

    Hoping that they'll still make a Shield 2. This thing's more like a reference tablet.