That long overdue NVIDIA Shield Tablet sequel is apparently cancelled for ‘business reasons’
Anyone remember when Tegra SoCs powered such varied and popular devices as the Motorola Atrix 4G, OG Nexus 7, Microsoft Surface and Surface 2, HTC One X and One X+? Those were the times for NVIDIA, which then inexplicably lost the battle for smartphone and tablet processor supremacy with Qualcomm, also failing to compete against the likes of MediaTek on affordability.
Nowadays, you can count on the fingers of one hand the semi-relevant commercial products packing Tegra K1 or X1 punch: the homebrewed NVIDIA Shield Tablet, HTC Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, and another one of the Santa Clara-based company’s in-house gadgets, the aptly titled Shield Android TV set-top box.
Before rushing to add a third, or rather second-gen Shield tab to the list, we’re sad to inform mobile gaming enthusiasts today that the not-so-mysterious device certified at the FCC back in May has since been called off.
This isn’t unsubstantiated gossip either, as NVIDIA itself recently filed a “dismissal request letter” to ask for FCC’s exclusion of the previously allocated “grant.” “For business reasons, the product has been cancelled”, as it turns out, so the original model will probably not be redesigned or upgraded with an X1 or later chip in 2016. There’s always next year, right?