After the Shield game console, Nvidia has now announced the Shield Tablet powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core processor, and specifically designed for gamer with a kickstand to adjust the inclination of the 8″ display, and a Wi-Fi Direct game controller with low latency, including a built-in stereo headphone jack and microphone.
Shield tablet specifications:
- SoC – NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad core Cortex A15 @ 2.2 GHz processor with a 192 core Kepler GPU
- System Memory – 2GB RAM
- Storage – 32 GB (WiFi+4G LTE) or 16 GB (WiFi-only), and micro SD slot
- Display – 8″ multi-touch display; 1920×1200 resolution
- Video Output – 1x mini HDMI output
- Audio I/O – Front facing stereo speakers, dual bass reflex port with built-in microphone, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
- Connectivity – Wireless 802.11n 2×2 Mimo 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and GPS / GLONASS
- Cellular – 4G LTE, HSPA+, 3G, 2G, GSM, EDGE with micro SIM slot (In LTE version only)
- LTE Bands – USA: 2,4,5,7,17 (1900, 1700, 850, 2600, 700); outside US: 1,3,7,20 (2100/1800/2600/800)
- HSPA+ Bands – USA: 1,2,4,5 (2100, 1900, 1700, 850); outside US: 1,2,5,8 (2100/1900/850/900)
- USB – micro-USB 2.0 port
- Sensors – 3-axis gyro, 3-axis accelerometer, and 3-axis compass
- Cameras – Front: 5MP HDR; Back: 5MP auto focus HDR
- Battery – 19.75 Watt Hours (~5300 mAh)
- Dimensions – 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm
- Weight – 390g
The tablet runs Android Kitkat and comes with Nvidia GameStream, ShadowPlay, GRID Cloud Gaming (Beta), and is preloaded with apps such asTrine 2: Complete Story, Twitch, Evernote, JusWrite, and Camera Awesome. The Shield Tablet comes with Nvidia DirectStylus 2, an AC Adapter, and a USB cable by default, but you can also buy Shield wireless controller and tablet cover separately. One tablet can support up to 4 wireless controllers for multi-player gaming. It’s most probably not something you’d do on the tablet itself, but since the device can connect to your HDMI TV via the mini HDMI port, it’s just like a standard game console too.
You can have a quick overview of the tablet in the presentation video below.
The 16GB/Wi-Fi version of the Nvidia Shield Tablet is available for pre-order for $299, with shipping scheduled for July 29. You can also add somewhat pricey accessories such as the Wi-Fi Direct game controller for $59.99, the $39.99 tablet cover, a $29.99 replacement/spare AC adapter, or $19.99 replacement/spare stylus. The 32GB/LTE will be available later on for $399.
More details can be found on Nvidia Shield Tablet product page.
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