NVIDIA Shield Tablet Launches
Nvidia launched their new entry into their SHIELD franchise, the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. The tablet builds on Nvidia’s line of devices from last year which include the Nvidia Shield and the Tegra Note 7. Instead of releasing a device similar to the Nvidia Shield, Nvidia decided to consolidate its devices into two: a tablet and a controller.
The Shield Tablet is a 8.0-inch device with 1920×1200 resolution IPS LCD display. The device is predictably powered by Nvidia’s own Tegra K1 clocked at 2.2GHz which brings excellent performance to the device. The Tegra K1 is, so far, unparalleled in benchmark tests outperforming all of the current systems on a chip (SoCs). The Tegra K1 is supported by 2GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage which is expandable by microSD. The device also comes with front facing speakers with bass reflex ports. The Shield Tablet comes with a 5 GHz WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and miniHDMI connectivity. In addition to this, the Shield tablet also comes with 4G LTE connectivity. All of this is powered by a mammoth 5197 mAh battery. The Nvidia Shield tablet also comes with an improved stylus which boasts twice the responsiveness compared to last years Tegra Note 7.
While the specifications may be impressive, the Nvidia Shield tablet sets itself aside with its optimisations and software features. Nvidia has long been lauded as one of the best graphics processing unit (GPU) manufacturer and it brings that experience to the table with the new Shield Tablet. The device was released with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and has support for streaming video games from your Nvidia powered computer. The device leverages its GPU and connectivity to stream games with up to 720p HD resolution from gaming optimised computers or from online resources such as Nvidia’s GRID or GameStream. In addition, the tablet is touted to be able to play multiplayer games with PCs. The Shield Tablet is also capable of streaming to Twitch.tv and also boasts 1080p streaming from Netflix (where available).
In addition to launching the Shield Tablet, Nvidia also launched a companion controller which connects to the tablet via WiFi Direct. The controller shares many design similarities to the Nvidia shield released last year with its ergonomic design. It also completes the Nvidia SHIELD package allowing players to have an incredible console-esque experience on a modest 8.o-inch screen which can be hooked up to a television via miniHDMI for an improved gaming experience.
The Nvidia SHIELD tablet retails in the U.S. for USD$ 299 (RM 960) for the 16GB WiFi Only model and USD $ 399 (RM 1300) for the 32GB 4G LTE version. The Shield Controller retails for about USD$ 59.99 (RM 195). In addition to the new devices, Nvidia also renamed the current Nvidia Shield, which now goes by the moniker Nvidia Shield Portable. The new Nvidia Shield tablet and controller were release on July 29 in the U.S. and Canada. There is no word yet on a worldwide release.