After a somewhat lukewarm effort with the Shield handheld gaming device, Nvidia is getting back into the portable gaming market with the announcement of their latest Shield tablet. The tablet was leaked almost entirely just a few days ago but today Nvidia has officially announced it. The Shield tablet is unquestionably the most gaming oriented tablet we have seen. But does it have what it takes to disrupt the increasingly crowded tablet market? Lets take a look at what makes the Shield tablet special.
The Shield tablet is one of the first devices in the market to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chipset. This chipset comprises of a 2.2GHz dual-core Cortex A15 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 192-core Kepler GPU. There aren’t any figures available yet, but the Kepler GPU is suppose to handedly out-power the GPU found in the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. It is powerful enough to run Half Life 2 and Portal right on the tablet. The Tegra K1 chipset can even run Unreal Engine 4, something which was only possible on the PC before today.
The gaming features don’t end with the power Tegra K1. Also included is support for Nvidia GameStream, which lets you stream games wirelessly from your GeForce GTX 6xx (or later) powered PC right onto the tablet, which has an 8-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution. The tablet will also then be able to output it in 4K onto a TV using microHDMI. You can also seamlessly record your greatest gaming moments or stream your game action to Twitch as you play with NVIDIA ShadowPlay.
Nvidia Shield tablet is also compatible with the Shield gaming controller which is sold separately. The controller uses WiFi direct to connect with the tablet. Up to four controllers can be used with one tablet simultaneously. The Shield tablet will come with a stylus, which Nvidia calls DirectStylus 2. It is GPU accelerated and even has its own dedicated Nvidia Dabbler app for those who want to indulge into their artistic senses.
Nvidia Shield Tablet will be available in two storage options (both with microSD card support). The 16GB version will set you back $299 where as the 32GB with LTE version will be priced at $399. People in the US will be able to get their hands on the Shield tablet in the upcoming weeks where as Europe and UK will get lucky in August.
|NVIDIA Shield Tablet Specifications|
|Processor||NVIDIA Tegra K1 192 core Kepler GPU,
2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU with 2GB RAM
|Storage||32 GB (WiFi+4G LTE) / 16 GB (WiFi-only)|
|Audio||Front facing stereo speakers|
|Camera||Front: 5MP HDR; Back: 5MP auto focus HDR|
|Battery||19.75 Watt Hours|
|Dimensions(mm)||221 x 126 x 9.2|
|Operating System||Android 4.4|
|Gaming Features||SHIELD wireless controller compatible
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