A few days ago the upcoming Nvidia Shield tablet was leaked. We only got to see the front of the device so there wasn’t much we could speculate about the hardware and specs. It did look interesting, considering that none of the currently available tablets in the market are aimed specifically at gaming or multimedia consumption. So what could Nvidia do to make the Shield tablet stand out in this incredibly crowded market? We now have plenty of information about the Nvidia Shield tablet, which has just surfaced thanks to a bunch of leaked slides from what looks like an internal presentation.
Nvidia Shield tablet will be powered by a Tegra K1 chipset, which is allegedly going to have nearly twice the graphics horsepower than currently available high end chipsets like the Snapdragon 800. There will also be 2GB of RAM. The tablet will have an 8-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The front facing stereo speakers will have dedicated bass ports for enhanced low frequencies. There will also be a 5MP camera on the front and one on the back as well. Nvidia will bundle a stylus with Direct Stylus 2 technology. The 16GB WiFi version will be priced at $299 where as the 32GB will set you back $399. Both versions will have a microSD card slot. The 32GB version will have support for LTE as well.
Apart from the Shield Tablet, Nvidia will also launch a Shield controller, which is a standalone game controller for the tablet. The controller uses WiFi direct to communicate with the tablet. The Shield controller will have a built-in headphone jack and a microphone. It will have a rechargeable battery and the usual assortment of buttons. Initially it looks as if it will be compatible with the Shield tablet only. The controller will be priced at $59.
The Shield Tablet and Controller are reportedly set to be released in the United States on July 29th and in Europe on August 14. It will be launched in more regions this fall.