It looks like the Nvidia Shield Tablet 2 has been cancelled due to 'business reasons'


For a few months now, unofficial reports argued that Nvidia is working on a new tablet, a slab that was said to be the natural successor to the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 and which was best known online as the Nvidia Shield Tablet 2. If you’ve been hoping for the new gaming-centric Android tablet to be officially unveiled at IFA 2016 in Berlin early next month, we have some bad news for you: it looks like the Nvidia Sheild Tablet 2 has been cancelled. 

A few months ago, the Nvidia Shield Tablet 2 was spotted making the rounds in the FCC database. Usually, when a device lands at the FCC for official certification, that device is in the late stages of development and really close to an official unveiling and a subsequent launch. As it turns out, unfortunately, it looks like Nvidia has filed a dismissal letter with the FCC.

The letter says that the device has been cancelled due to unnamed ‘business reasons’. One possible interpretation is that Nvidia’s first two gaming tablets, the original Shield Tablet and the upgraded Shield Tablet K1, didn’t sell very well and that this poor commercial performance has enticed the renowned chip maker to pull the plug on its third-gen Android slab. 

On the other hand, we suppose that there is a small chance for Nvidia to attempt a redesign or a major internal component upgrade, moves which would require Nvidia to submit a new application.

There’s no telling what this means for Nvidia’s rumored upcoming mobile gaming console, a device which has been referred to online as the Nvidia Shield Portable. Previously, both devices were expected to make an appearance early next month on the IFA 2016 floor, but in the light of this new discovery, we’re not so sure this will be the case. 

What do you guys think, was anyone excited about the Nvidia Shield Tablet 2?

source: FCC

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18 Comments

1. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Dom't know why, but I can't help but think the Nintendo NX has something to do with it.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Could be, for those who dont follow gaming/Nintendo, there's rumors that the NX dev kit has the X1 I reckon its because there's new SoCs coming soon (there's one in the PX2, there's speculation of probably at least another) Hopefully 16FF+ with A73s and a Pascal GPU (or 10nm if it coming next year)

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think it's more than likely due to the success of the Shield TV versus the Shield tablet. Instead of having both products, it's better to just place all your chips in the one basket that has a chance for future success. There will always be a chance that a manufacturer like HTC/Google will select their chipsets for a tablet anyways, so they don't have to go down that route anymore.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

android is failing in tablet sector

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

My thoughts exactly, anyone with a high end android tablet from the last couple years has no reason to upgrade, and windows devices despite the lack of mobile apps has really cut into sales.

13. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

*the tablet sector as a whole is failing

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I don't think tablets as a whole are failing, just focus is moving towards 2 in 1 devices. Plus I believe most anyone that wanted a tablet already has one, the markets become saturated. To make matter worse many of those people don't use their tablet much, or see little reason to buy a newer one. I know I rarely touch my android tablets anymore, but I use my surface 3 regularly and prefer that over a traditional laptop.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Most mobile phablets have been cannibalizing their own tablets already for years. You can pick up anywhere 5.5" - 6.4" phablets. If you have a 6.4" phablet, then you don't need a tablet. The phablets even phone capabilities. Tablets and computers still decline. Why, because more and more mobile apps have added features and functionality that use to only support computers. Now we are seeing phones with the processing power of laptops, and it's improving all the time. For crying out loud a number of phones these days have higher resolution displays than many desktops and laptops. We are seeing 6gb phones, and in 2017 it looks like many of them will even have 8gb of ram. Plus storage is always improving. Look at the new micro UFS cards that are about to come out. They are the same size as a micro SD card, however offer you the speed of desktop ssd drives. Not to mention earlier next year the SD 830 arm processor should be out, and it will have close to 1 teraflop in the palm of your hand. The current XBox One is 1.24 teraflops. No wonder why we are seeing so much come to mobile. For health and fitness tracking, to gaming including VR/AR, to mobile banking and payments, to photo taking and image processing, an so much more. Android has over 2.4 million apps and growing. Apple has 2.2 million apps.

17. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

1. 2 in 1 windows device sales are growing each day 2. mobile gpu dont even come close to xbox one gpu dont start fp16, fp32 debate,

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Let have some figures on the 2 in 1 sales. I believe iPad still outselling Surface pro. So I don't know what you are talking about. The truth is I only use Windows for PC gaming. Most day to day tasks are done on my phone. I prefer to work on my tablet via remote desktop as that is the common mode for admin access to servers resources. Anyway, every one has the own working style I just adopted the one that best suit me.

5. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

What happened to the Shield X1?

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Let's just hope they think it is too outdated so they are delaying the release, X1 is already much weaker than the A9X so they might want something more powerful with 2TFLOPs at FP16 something

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Shame I was looking forward to replacing my old Shield with the new one. Bummer for my nephew too, he was getting my old one.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2066; Member since: May 26, 2011

Meh I've been holding off on buying another tablet waiting for this one Oh well i guess i need to go look at another model. Maybe an ipad mini

9. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It could also be truth in the new nexus tablets reportedly using the X1 chip and for all we know could entirely be made by nvidia. Considering how quickly they updated their previous tablets to the new os it's possible

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The pixel C was using the X1. The Nexus 9 was using the K1. I hope Nvidia comes out with a chip using their new Pascal cores, which is faster than the X1.

11. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Pixel C for the win.

12. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

I was really looking forward to this new tablet. I even put off getting the K1 because of it. With the amount of positive reviews on YouTube, I thought it would have done well.

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