The original Nvidia Shield Tablet launched in August, and it didn't fail to impress. The company had to backtrack hard this summer when it issued a recall for every single SHILED tablet unit due to a potential battery fire hazard.
Nvidia has crammed its powerful Tegra K1 processor into an 8-inch shell, with a 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution display. The tablet has also dual front-facing speakers and an optional tablet cover that doubles as a kickstand. Games optimized for the K1 look great, but you'll really want to pick up a Shield controller for the best experience.
Nvidia offers over-the-air updates for the SHIELD tablet K1. The company anticipates Android 6.0 Marshmallow to hit SHIELD tablet K1 in the coming months.
SHIELD tablet K1 includes Wi-Fi connectivity and 16GB storage with microSD support (up to 128GB) — all at $199.99. Optional SHIELD controller retails for $59.99, SHIELD tablet K1 cover retails for $39.99, SHIELD DirectStylus 2 retails for $19.99 and SHIELD world charger with international compatibility retails for $29.99.
Nvidia also announced that Need for Speed No Limits and Real Boxing 2 are joining the games available on SHIELD tablet K1, such as Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Octodad: Dadliest Catch and Vainglory.
Gamers can also join Nvidia's new cloud gaming service, GeForce NOW - free for the first three months - to connect to NVIDIA’s gaming supercomputers and enjoy streaming of about 60 PC games or buy newly released games from the online store. Following the trial period, GeForce NOW is only $7.99 per month.
|Processor||NVIDIA Tegra K1 192-core Kepler GPU,
2.2 GHz Quad Core CPU, 2GB RAM
|Display||8-inch 1920×1200 multi-touch IPS display|
|Audio||Integrated stereo speakers with built-in microphone|
|Wireless||802.11a/b/g/n 2×2 Mimo 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi|
|Bluetooth 4.0 LE|
|GPS / GLONASS|
|Mini-HDMI 1.4a output|
|Micro-USB 2.0 with host and device support|
|MicroSD Card, up to additional 128GB|
|3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support|
|Motion Sensors||9-axis (G-sensor, compass, gyro)|
|Audio||Front-facing stereo speakers, dual bass reflex port|
|Gaming Features||SHIELD controller compatible|
|GeForce NOW cloud gaming|
|Cameras||Front: 5MP HDR; Back: 5MP auto focus HDR|
|Video Features||4K Ultra-HD Ready|
|Software Updates||SHIELD software upgrades directly from NVIDIA|
|Battery||19.75 Watt hour Lithium ion|
|Weight and Size||Weight: 13.7oz / 390g|
|Height: 8.8in / 221mm
Width: 5.0in / 126mm
Depth: 0.36in / 9.2mm
|Operating System||Android Lollipop OS|
|NVIDIA SHIELD Hub|
|Optional Accessories||SHIELD tablet K1 cover|
|SHIELD world charger|
|SHIELD DirectStylus 2|