NVIDIA’s slow crawl back from a 2013 that saw OEMs everywhere turn their backs on the company’s chips continues as we get into summer, and expectations turn to some new Shield hardware. Following early rumors, last month gave us our best look yet at what might be a second-gen Shield console (though the jury’s still out on that), with the arrival of some FCC paperwork. Now we’re wondering if NVIDIA might not extend the Shield brand to a tablet, as evidence of such a beast shows its face at the Global Certification Forum.
The idea of NVIDIA releasing another tablet isn’t new; benchmarks form the spring revealed a device codenamed Mocha that appeared to be a 7.9-inch tablet. What makes this find so interesting is that it’s clearly identified as a Shield tablet. Remember, the tablet platform NVIDIA came out with last year, the Tegra Note (above), was kept separate from the Shield, likely having something to do with the way NVIDIA turned to other OEMs to actually produce and sell the slates.
A Shield tablet suggests a much more hands-on role for NVIDIA this time around, and the combo of a gaming tablet alongside a handheld with a physical controller could well point to a new sense of direction for the company’s hardware efforts. As for what kind of specs this tablet may offer, today’s find doesn’t add much new to the equation, only mentioning cellular bands, but that earlier Mocha leak described elements like a Tegra K1 SoC and an unusual 2048 x 1536 4:3 aspect screen.