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Next-gen NVIDIA Shield convertible could feature a desktop mode

NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE might get a 2-in-1 sucessor with desktop mode (Source: Swedroid)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE might get a 2-in-1 sucessor with desktop mode (Source: Swedroid)
By analyzing the latest Shield Experience software, the XDA Developers team has discovered that a new desktop-mode software feature is in the works alongside what appears to be a new hardware product. Codenamed "mystique," this device could be a 2-in-1 convertible that would compete with the Microsoft Surface Book and other similar pieces of hardware.

Thanks to the code hidden in the latest Shield Experience software, the XDA Developers team has recently discovered that NVIDIA is working on something big. According to them, "a new desktop-mode software feature is in-development for a new product code-named “mystique.” Furthermore, source code published online by NVIDIA reveals some possible hardware specifications for “mystique,” suggesting it could be a 2-in-1 PC like the Microsoft Surface Book."

Since NVIDIA is no longer working on software for tablets, the non-Android TV product from the company would be an interesting return to the tablet world. Obviously, its code would share some of its firmware code with the Android TV software that is currently being updated on a regular basis.

The most interesting part that XDA Developers uncovered is simply called "NvDtExp" which appears to be a short name for NVIDIA Desktop Experience. Obviously, this name should say it all. Adding it to the existing tablets would be great, but since more than a year has passed since NVIDIA issued the latest update for the Shield Tablet K1, it is very unlikely for this old piece of hardware to get such a treat.

In addition to the above, we should highlight once again that the code analyzed by XDA Developers contains quite a few references to the "mystique" device, and since it supports a dynamic, tablet, and a desktop mode, it is quite easy to figure out that we are talking about a 2-in-1 convertible. Sadly, there is no information about hardware specs or launch date at this stage, but we will keep an eye on this topic, so be sure to follow us closely as well.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-04-24 (Update: 2019-04-24)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.