NVIDIA launched the original SHIELD Tablet nearly two years ago in 2014, then it refreshed the device with a lower price point at the end of 2015 as the Tablet K1. However, it has yet to mention a true successor to the tablet. A new NVIDIA device has just hit the FCC, and it looks like a new SHIELD Tablet, if the documents are to be believed.
The FCC's testing report doesn't go into detail on specs, but we know the device will have 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi 802.1ac and it'll measure 8.6x4.8x0.3-inches. That's just slightly smaller than the old SHIELD Tablet, which probably means the screen will remain 8-inches. The diagram above may or may not be accurate, but it appears to have the same basic design as the SHIELD Tablet. The model number is "P2290W," and it listed repeatedly in the documents as a "Shield Tablet."
A poster on the NVIDIA forums claims to have seen this device mentioned in NVIDIA's Android TV code a few times as "Hawkeye." That device, he says, has a Tegra X1 SoC (a big upgrade from the K1), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a resolution of 1920x1200. A regulatory document is far from confirmation—after all, that SHIELD Portable 2 never materialized. Still, if NVIDIA plans to stay in the tablet game, it's getting time for a new device.