Nvidia may be quietly building a transforming Shield Tablet

The code found in Nvidia's Shield Experience software suggests that the company is working on a 2-in-1 hybrid device that can function as both a laptop and a tablet. The code, which was detected by XDA-Developers includes a new piece of software that can switch between three UI modes, including the desktop, the tablet and a third mysterious mode called "dynamic". Includes an Option to start desktop mode if a keyboard is connected to the device.

The findings suggest that Nvidia is working on software for a new tablet, which is known by the code name "Mystique", which can function as a laptop if a keyboard is connected, similar to the Google Pixel Slate of the year past. The latest Nvidia tablet was the Nvidia Shield K1, which was launched in 2015. Subsequently, the modified version of Shield Portable that was planned for the following year was canceled.

The code was found in the Nvidia Shield Experience software, which runs on both the tablets and the decoders. Due to the age of the Nvidia Shield tablet, a version of the software for tablets has not been released since March 2018, but the development has continued for the Nvidia Shield decoders. The UI change software first appeared on the Nvidia Shield Experience in December 2018.

The speculations of the new 2-in-1 tablet are intriguing, although XDA-Developers points out that they may be Outdated since they come from the source code that goes back to last year. If they are accurate, then the tablet could have a 13.5-inch screen and 3000 x 2000. That's great for an independent tablet, but it makes more sense for a 2-in-1 device.

The original Shield tablet was running on the Nvidia Tegra X1 mobile processor, which the Nintendo switch still uses. Initially, the Nvidia code suggested that the new tablet would use its mobile successor, the Tegra X2. However, a more recent code suggests that the tablet is now in development with Tegra Xavier, a chip intended for autonomous vehicles and AI computing. XDA speculates that the chip could run in a low-power mode to allow it to run on a battery-powered tablet.

In response to the report, Nvidia referred to an earlier statement in which it was common for code names to be referenced in the code, only that product concepts never reached the market. He also pointed to the comments made by its CEO, Jensen Huang, in which he suggested that the company would only enter the mobile device market if it could create "things that the world does not have". In his opinion, a viable Android 2 in 1 could be exactly that.

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