It is no secret that Nvidia has been busy working on a Shield 2, or the next generation Shield gaming console based on the new Tegra K1 chip.
It turns out that Nvidia published its Tegra FaceWorks Demo on Google Play and for those who haven’t seen it in action, it is a face recognition demo that works on Tegra K1 based devices.
It is a 151 MB demo that requires a Tegra K1 device and it has been downloaded only one to five times. There are no Tegra K1 devices in the wild and it turns out that Xiaomi has jet to start shipping its Mi Pad tablet.
The Tegra K1 looks quite fast and we expect to see a new Nvidia branded 8-inch tablet based on the new chip soon. Some people say we can expect an Nvidia-based Nexus at the Google I/O later this month, but this is something we cannot confirm. It looks like the TK1-based Shield 2 is coming and this is something that Nvidia has confirmed a few times. Even CEO Jen-Hsun Huang hinted at a new Shield.
What might be interesting about the Tegra K1 Shield is that you might expect to see it in more than just the US market. Companies usually launch products in the US and Canada, as it is relatively easy to tap a the huge North American market than the rest of the world. The second generation Shield comes should be international and this is a bit trickier. You do need to translate everything to a few major languages like Spanish, German and French and if the time and money permits to some other major ones, Chinese for example. There are some technical and legal implications, too.
The original Shield console launched on July 31st 2013 and we are still almost two months away from this date. The 2013 launch date doesn’t prove that the next generation Shield comes at the same time, but it might be close. Nvidia confirmed that it has started shipping Tegra K1 parts this quarter and it might not be too long before we see the first devices in the etail / retail market.