Thanks to the guys at iFixit, we've got another pretty good teardown of the latest Nvidia mobile product, the SHIELD. The SHIELD has been promised to us gamers by Nvidia
since it's announcement back at CES 2013 earlier this year. And now that it's out, iFixit has torn it down
to show us what it's made of, literally.
So, we were interested to see what the SHIELD is packing internally and we found some really interesting things. Some of the things that weren't really surprises were the Tegra 4 SoC and active cooling, which Nvidia had already stated would be part of the design. What caught us by surprise were two things, first, this thing packs three battery packs which at 3.7v combine together to give a battery capacity of 7350 mAh, about three times as much as a normal smartphone would expect to have. Since the Tegra 4 is capable of a maximum clock speed of 1.9 GHz I would expect them to fully utilize this performance capability, especially considering the battery capacity. This amount of battery inside of the SHIELD will likely bring some critics to question the overall power consumption of the Tegra 4 chip, which they may actually be right in questioning. However, until we've got one in our hands, its hard to effectively say if Tegra 4 is a power hog or not.
With a Tegra 4 and 7350 mAh and a 5" 720P screen, I would expect that the SHIELD could easily see a full day of gaming, especially since users are reporting pretty long battery life figures. However, we will wait until we get one in our own hands to see how the battery life really is.
Another interesting part of the SHIELD is the Wi-Fi chip that they installed, this chip is an AzureWave AW-AH691 (bordered in yellow), however, if you go to the AzureWave website
, this chip doesn't even exist yet. Granted, they are a relatively unknown Taiwanese name in the wireless market, it is interesting that they didn't go for a Broadcom 802.11ac solution which would probably enable much better quality PC streaming to the device. This decision was likely in order to keep the price of the BOM down to meet their cost targets, but ultimately, it would be good for Nvidia to integrate Wi-Fi functionality into their SoC like some of their competitors.
There you have it, the SHIELD completely torn down, thanks to iFixit.
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