New NVIDIA Shield tablet could be just around the corner


Just a few years back, NVIDIA chips found themselves powering all sorts of mobile devices. But manufacturer preferences have taken a big shift since then, and while Qualcomm's continued to find big success with its Snapdragon SoCs, NVIDIA's own Tegra SoCs have largely fallen by the wayside. Even if other companies aren't lining up to build Tegra-based hardware, NVIDIA's still managed to put out a few devices of its own, and now a new FCC filing suggests that another could be approaching launch.

Yesterday the FCC published certification paperwork for NVIDIA tablet model P2290W, with radio support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Seeing a fresh FCC listing like this pop up now sure has us thinking that we're looking at new hardware, but how can we be sure? What if this is just some slightly tweaked version of an existing model, maybe swapping parts for more affordable components?

Well, while NVIDIA isn't being so helpful as to actually name the tablet in this paperwork, it does give us one big clue by revealing the tablet's size: NVIDIA describes the tablet as measuring 218mm wide by 123mm tall. The current-gen NVIDIA Shield tablet K1, by comparison, measures 221mm x 126mm. We also see a reduction in thickness, with this new FCC model dropping from the K1's 9.2mm to just 8mm. Unsurprisingly, it also comes in lighter, too, at just 350g to the K1's 356g.

But even with all that physical data, we still don't have a great sense of what to expect from this tablet's internals.

Last year we saw reports arrive about possible plans for a new Shield tablet running NVIDIA's high-end Tegra X1 SoC, with a 256-core Maxwell GPU for some killer graphics performance. Rumors of release dates came and went with no new tablet, but NVIDIA may have just been sitting on this tablet for a 2016 launch. If that's indeed the model P2290W revealed here, those launch plans might finally be coming together.

source: FCC via The Verge

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33 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1703; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What do you guys feel how nVidia's new tab will compete against the other Android tabs?

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just the the Tablet K1(original shield tablet) it will be the best android tablet available when it launches, Price and hardware wise. The only shortcoming of the shield tablet compared to the nexus 9 was it's battery life, hopefully Nvidia will get that right this time.

12. cheetah2k

Posts: 2299; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I have the original shield and its a cracker. Can't wait for the new one!

2. torr310

Posts: 1703; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Someone please help me to rephrase my sentence if it is not clear.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's understandable so don't worry mate.

3. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

I want a pascal tegra please nvidia

5. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Yessir!

4. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Tegra Pascal should be interesting with mixed precision and FinFET. Tegra X1 sorely needs a replacement fast.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The X1 is 1 teraflops. So it's no slouch.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The full tegra Pascal is 8 teraflops 32bit, but at 250 Watt's. But there is another another slower tegra Pascal that is running at 1 teraflops 32bit or 2 teraflops 16bit. That tegra Pascal is 4 times faster. It would almost be as fast as the current XBox One system which operates at 1.24 teraflops.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The DRIVE PX 2 is 8 teraflops in FP32 It has 2x Tegra "Parker" and 2x Pascal GPUs (supposedly GP106) i.e. 2x SoCs and 2x dedicated GPUs, all in total is 8 teraflops in FP32 and 250Whttp://www.anandtech.com/show/9903/nvidia-announces-drive-px-2-pascal-power-for-selfdriving-cars GP106 is most likely 3-4 teraflops each Tegra "Parker", aka Pascal Tegra is most likely about 0.5-1 teraflops each Will be interesting to see how close the Tegra "Parker" is to the Xbox One, but I reckon we are still another generation away

18. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Tegra X1 isn't slow but loses to the A9X and is very power hungry on an older node.

24. Shocky unregistered

Tegra X1 is not a new SoC, it's just taken a very long time for anyone start using it. The full Tegra X1 in Shield TV has a faster GPU than A9X but this uses active cooling. It's a little slower in the Pixel C and probably will be in the new shield tablet. However this will probably be another 1920*1200 tablet so the on-screen performance will be better than the iPad Pro's.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bull crap on the A9X which is only 345.6GFlops FP32. Whereas the Tegra X1 is 1teraflops FP16 or 500 GFlops FP32. Look up the facts first, or otherwise you look like an idiot vuyonc.

32. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

FLOPs count is theoretical and doesn't necessarily reflect in real world performance or benchmarks. You do realise theoretical compute forms only one of a few pipelines within a GPU, right? Read Anandtech's benchmarks comparing the Pixel C to the iPad Pro. I looked up facts, thank you very much.

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I was hoping for a powerful large tablet to replace my IPad air but I guess I'll have to settle for a smaller one

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's going to be an 8in tablet with the X1 soc and will probably have a higher resolution than 1080p but not QHD. whatever it is I will probably buy It because it's definitely going to take the #1 android tablet spot.

10. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Last one had big bezzles on it,as this one is bigger in size, I would say larger screen with better screen to body ratio, hardware wise it is going to be beast. I hate how dim the screen looks outdoor on current one.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Did you read this? NVIDIA describes the tablet as measuring 218mm wide by 123mm tall. The current-gen NVIDIA Shield tablet K1, by comparison, measures 221mm x 126mm. We also see a reduction in thickness, with this new FCC model dropping from the K1's 9.2mm to just 8mm. Unsurprisingly, it also comes in lighter, too, at just 350g to the K1's 356g. What that means is the new tablet is smaller not bigger and that Nvidia is most likely keeping the original screen size 8in while trimming down the bezels.

23. Shocky unregistered

Probably the same crappy battery life as the original then.

26. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nvidia has a more efficient soc in the X1 and even tho they have made it thinner they could still fit a bigger battery in there if they want. The galaxy tab s2 8.0 is 5.6mm thick and still has a decent 4000mah battery, the original shield tablet has about a 5200mah one with a thickness of 9.2mm.

29. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Ohh, sorry, I guess that time I got it other way around.

22. Shocky unregistered

I doubt it will have a higher resolution or be good enough to be the #1 Android tablet. The original Shield tablet was good but it was never premium in terms of build quality or hardware, the stand out feature was just Tegra K1 and later price with the cheaper version.

27. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I beg to differ mate.

13. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

I hope that the upcoming nvidia tablet has these specs: - Nvidia X1 processor with heatsink - QHD display with 330 PPI - Improved front facing speakers with dolby effects - 4GB ram - 64GB or 128gb internal Storage and is expandable up to 256GB microSD storage support - 13MP front facing camera and 20MP main camera with dual LED flash, Both have OIS. - Has a quick charging technology and a battery capacity of 6,000 mah - No bloatwares. - 3g/4G lte capability for those who wants to have a sim card.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

still wondering why would someone need good camera for tablet? if they hold tablet, didnt that also mean they have smartphone around? (I know there is some case that you need to use camera quickly while u'r holding tablet, but how often it happens? once in several months? and its only 3-4 second to pick smartphone and use its camera, right? :-/)

21. Shocky unregistered

Probably one of those annoying people who takes tablets to sports/music events. Stupid people.

20. Shocky unregistered

- Nvidia X1 processor with heatsink =/ Probably - QHD display with 330 PPI =/ Nope. - Improved front facing speakers with dolby effects - 4GB ram =/ Maybe. - 64GB or 128gb internal Storage and is expandable up to 256GB microSD storage support - =/ Nope - 13MP front facing camera and 20MP main camera with dual LED flash, Both have OIS. =/ Nope, wtf? - Has a quick charging technology and a battery capacity of 6,000 mah - =/ Maybe - No bloatwares. =/ Depends what you class as bloat. - 3g/4G lte capability for those who wants to have a sim card. - =/ Probably.

33. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

the shield tablet k1 already can go up to a 256gb card

19. Shocky unregistered

Or just buy a Pixel C. Gaming on a 8" tablet just isn't that great with a controller. Is it going to leave your house? probably not so get Shield TV instead and buy a proper tablet.

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