Asus may be preparing to launch an Android console or handheld of its own.
A mysterious device named the Asus GameBox appeared in a newly published listing by folks at AnTuTu benchmark. While the benchmark did not come with an accompanying image of the device, from the specs the Asus GameBox already looks strikingly familiar to Nvidia’s Shield.
The Asus GameBox appears to feature an Android 4.3 device powered with an Nvidia Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage. The tip off that makes this device seem like an Nvidia Shield rival is the accompanying line item for a 1280 x 720 resolution display.
What has a screen and Tegra 4 processor?
Although there’s no mention of what size sceen the Asus Gamebox will have, it could likely be a combo controller and screen device rather than an Android home console such as the OUYA or MadCatz Mojo,
It also helps that along with the sheet labeling the device, an accompanying AnTuTu benchmark 4.0 test directly compared the device with the Nvidia Shield. From the test, it looks as if the GameBox is just slightly ahead of the Shield in most regards except for the 3D Mark score and RAM.
There’s still no telling if this device will indeed be an Nvidia Shield rival or just a new Asus tablet. Another potential theory is this mystery device could be the Android-powered Nexus TV set-top box rumored earlier last December.
For now we can only take stabs in the dark until Asus announces something more official. But as soon as we hear more you’ll be the first to know, so stay tuned to this space.
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