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.
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.
Real Life. Real News. Real Voices
Help us tell more of the stories that matterBecome a founding member
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.
Subscribe to the newsletter news
We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe