Details of Android handheld console successor move into light as original Shield approaches UK release

Nvidia Shield 2 specs surface – Tegra K1 featured

The Nvidia Shield may be yet to hit UK shelves – but the Android handheld console’s successor is already stirring rumours.

Reportedly popular among US users, the original Shield has been confirmed for a UK release by Nvidia.

However, it may instead be the Nvidia Shield 2 that ultimately ends up on UK retailers’ shelves first, as benchmark specs for the improved device are already creeping out into the light.

AnTuTu (via G4Games) appears to have got its hands on a test model of the Shield sequel, revealing an Android 4.2.2-powered model with Nvidia’s Tegra K1 2.5GHz quad-core system-on-chip and 4GB of RAM providing the performance push.

Presumably due to the boosted hardware, the Shield 2 will run at a resolution of 1440×900 – although as the physical screen size remains unannounced, it is hard to note how much of an improvement this will provide over the original Shield’s five-inch 1280×720 display.

A front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera and 16GB of internal storage capacity were also detailed in the benchmark.

Nvidia is yet to officially confirm the Shield 2, but previous rumours suggested that the device will receive a launch later this year.

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