With the gaming-focused Shield, NVIDIA has demonstrated that it’s not content to just build the SoCs that go into mobile devices, and is fully capable of putting out some complete hardware of its own. What’s next for the company, though? Another gaming device? A full-on smartphone? Some rumors suggest that NVIDIA might be looking to enter the tablet market, and could have one or two such models ready to go in 2014.
There’s already some evidence in benchmark results pointing to the existence of a lower-end NVIDIA tablet running a Tegra 4 and having a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display. This one could end up being called the Tegra Note Premium, which may suggest stylus support.
More interesting than that, rumors claim that NVIDIA’s working on a next-gen Tegra-5-based tablet for early 2014. That means that killer Kepler GPU we talked about a couple weeks ago, with the potential to deliver some fantastic gaming performance.
For the moment, we don’t have any further details on the latter model – no hint of size or resolution – but if it’s intended to introduce us to the Tegra 5, we imagine NVIDIA would be pulling out all the stops.