Last week, we heard a rumor that Nvidia was planning to launch the newest product in its arsenal of Android gaming devices, the Shield Tablet, soon. Well, today, actually. And true enough, it is now available for purchase.
What do you get with Nvidia’s Shield Tablet?
In a nutshell, you get a huge amount of awesomeness. Or on paper, at least. Its 8-inch full HD display can provide a pixel count that’s ideal for gaming with its 1920 x 1200 resolution. Responsible for this is its almost absurdly overpowered 2.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 ARM Cortex-A15 quad core processor (192 core Kepler GPU) coupled with 2 GB of RAM. Other features include WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, GPS and GLONASS, mini-HDMI output, a micro USB 2.0 port, a microSD card slot, two 5 MP HDR-capable cameras front and back, a 19.75 Whr battery, and an Android KitKat operating system. Did we mention that this comes with a stylus?
As expected, Nvidia’s Shield Tablet comes with a number of features designed specifically for gaming, including compatibility with the Shield wireless controller, GameStream (streaming games from your PC), ShadowPlay (screen recording), GRID Cloud Gaming Beta, Console Mode, and Gamepad Mapper. If you want to see some of this baby’s features, we suggest you press play on the video below.
Sign me up! But how much is it?
Nvidia’s product page indicates that only the 16 GB WiFi-only version will be available initially, and it will set you back US $299. The 32 GB version with WiFi and LTE is listed at US $399, and will likely be available later this year. You can also grab some optional accessories for this, including the Shield controller (which is listed at US $59.99 and looks a lot like an Xbox controller), a tablet cover, AC adapter, and stylus.
So, what do you think? We’d like to point out that this is the first ever slate to feature Nvidia’s brand spanking new Tegra K1 and initial reviews are good. Most of the complaints are directed toward battery life and its somewhat chunky build despite its relatively small size, but most of the reviews agree that at $300, the Shield Tablet is quite a steal.
source [NVIDIA SHIELD]