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Nvidia's new SHIELD Portable leaked via wireless certification listings

Will Nvidia's next SHIELD handheld console retain its precursor's design? (Pictured: current SHIELD Portable)
Will Nvidia's next SHIELD handheld console retain its precursor's design? (Pictured: current SHIELD Portable)
The handheld console has been certified by Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

A likely successor to Nvidia's current SHIELD handheld console has surfaced in Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) certification listings. According to them, the device will support Bluetooth 4.1, dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Wi-Fi Direct and will run Android 5.0. Unfortunately, that's all the specifications tell us - however, it's quite safe to assume that the handheld will be powered by Nvidia's new Tegra X1 SoC. Thanks to Nvidia's GRID service and Nvidia's recent agreement with developers such as Gearbox and Crytek to port their AAA titles for SHIELD, this powerful chip will certainly come in handy.

Both listings mention the same model number, P2523, and explicitly specify the device's type as a "portable gaming device/console", so it's not likely to be another SHIELD tablet. However, it's not yet clear whether Nvidia will preserve the original SHIELD handheld's clamshell design with integrated controls or decide on something different. Since the Bluetooth SIG listing groups the recently unveiled SHIELD set-top console and the new handheld together, it's possible that the latter could be announced officially soon and be released either along with the console in May or just a couple of months later.

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Andrey Konstantinov, 2015-03-30 (Update: 2015-03-31)