Word recently surfaced indicating NVIDIA was planning to launch a new SHIELD Android TV device at CES 2017. Other than the news that NVIDIA was planning to release a refreshed, updated version of the device, not much else was known about what NVIDIA may have planned. Some new images that surfaced showing the 2017 update to the SHIELD do not do much to help us figure out where NVIDIA might be headed in the Android TV market.
The SHIELD box itself appears the same as the current model with one notable exception. Two different sizes of the box are shown in the images. However, it is not clear whether NVIDIA is planning to have two variants available for consumers or if this is just a case of NVIDIA showing the same device at different zoom levels or even comparing the new device to the old device.
One place where we do see some changes is in the controller, where NVIDIA appears to be incorporating some heavily geometric design cues. There is also a suggestion that the new controller will be somewhat more ergonomic for users and it looks like NVIDIA is getting rid of the touchpad in the controller.
Earlier rumors surrounding the new version of the NVIDIA SHIELD suggest the controller will be getting support for Bluetooth LE to help with power management. Otherwise, the updates to the device are believed to be minor tweaks.
NVIDIA will be holding a keynote event at CES 2017 on January 4th when we expect to see the new NVIDIA SHIELD officially announced. TalkAndroid will be there covering all the action, so be sure to stick with us for more news on all of the upcoming announcements.
source: Android Police