Nvidia Shield Android TV rumored to get refreshed with a newer Tegra X1

ByZim Yang 2019-06-17 1007

In 2015 the first Nvidia Shield TV box with Android TV came onto the market, in 2017 there was a refresh and it looks like it will soon be time for an update again. In the Google Play Developer console there are hints of a new model, rumoredly with a new SoC on board.

Nvidia Shield TV

Every two years Nvidia apparently releases a new Android TV box, 2019 would be it actually again so far. What began in 2015 with the first Nvidia Shield TV and was then slightly updated in 2017, should be brought up to date in 2019 in a slightly modified form again, reports the XDA developers team currently on the basis of a new entry in the device catalog of the Google Play developer console.

There a new model of the Nvidia Shield TV appeared recently, with obviously the same specifications as 2017 but a new codename "mdarcy" instead of "darcy". The only difference according to the catalogue is the Android 9 certification - as we know, the Nvidia Shield from 2017 also runs with Android TV in the current Pie version. What's going on behind the scenes should be more exciting.

According to some Tegra kernel developers the team has talked to, "mdarcy" differs from "darcy" by the newer Linux kernel 4.14 based on a new Tegra X1 processor called "t210b01", rumoredly with improvements in power consumption and possibly higher GPU clock. At the moment there are no other improvements in the streaming box, whereby the Nvidia Shield is seen by many as an almost perfect TV box due to the constant software updates and still competitive speed of the Tegra SoC.

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