Nvidia's Shield branding can be found on a number of different types of device, with the most recent being the Shield TV. But we've also had a Shield tablet and Shield Portable. We never got a second version of the Portable, but a pawn shop purchase has revealed the Shield Portable 2 did exist.

Reddit user FwrigginRwootbeer spotted and bought a Shield-branded portable from a pawn shop in a "small Canadian city." As Liliputing explains, it turns out the handheld is most likely a prototype of a second-generation Portable sent to developers for testing.

Nvidia Shield Portable 2 Prototype

The first Shield Portable released back in 2013 included a 5-inch 720p display powered by a 1.9GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 (Tegra 4), 72 GeForce graphics cores, 2GB DDR3L RAM, and 16GB of storage.

The prototype Portable 2 upgraded the internals significantly. It uses a 5.9-inch 1,440-by-810 display, a 1.91GHz ARM Cortex-A57 (Tegra X1), 3GB RAM, and 32GB of storage. That suggests it was using Nvidia's T210 model Tegra X1, meaning a Maxwell-based GPU with up to 256 cores.


While the Portable 2 never saw a release, another portable device did with a similar Tegra X1 spec in the form of the Nintendo Switch. The Switch uses a 6.2-inch 720p display, 1.02GHz ARM Cortex-A57, 4GB RAM, Maxwell-based GPU, and 32GB of storage.

This prototype will never make it to release, and even if Nvidia did consider a Portable 2 the spec would be upgraded over the one found in a pawn shop. But it's interesting to see what they were considering launching, and now I'd just like to know why they decided not to.

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