NVIDIA has upped their game in the tablet space with the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet – an 8″ Tegra K1 powered tablet with optional SHIELD wireless Wi-Fi Direct controller that NVIDIA has geared towards gamers.
Built with the K1 192 core Kepler GPU, featuring full 1920×1200 1080p HD display, running Android KitKat, and sporting dual front facing speakers, the SHIELD Tablet definitely looks tempting. While the Android gaming market has been slowly expanding with higher quality games over the past year, the NVIDIA SHIELD really shines by being able to stream games from your PC and play them on your tablet with NVIDIA’s GameStream technology – if your PC contains a GeForce GTX card. The SHIELD Tablet will also support up to 4 SHIELD Controllers, feature console mode to display games on your TV connected via Mini-HDMI, as well as stream to Twitch.
NVIDIA is also targeting artists by including an NVIDIA DirectSTylus 2 with the tablet and the NVIDIA Dabbler app for “hyper-realistic watercolor and 3D Paint oil painting.”
The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet will sell for $299 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version and $399 for the 32GB LTE version. The 16GB version is available for pre-order on the NVIDIA SHIELD website, while you can sign up to be notified when the 32GB version becomes available. The SHIELD Controller will be sold separately at a price of $59 each.
SHIELD Tablet Specifications
|Processor||NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 192 core Kepler GPU
2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU with 2GB RAM
|Display||8-inch 1920×1200 multi-touch Full HD display|
|Audio||Front facing stereo speakers, dual bass reflex port with built-in microphone|
|Storage||32 GB (WiFi+4G LTE) / 16 GB (WiFi-only)|
|Wireless||802.11n 2×2 Mimo 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
GPS / GLONASS
|Connectivity||WiFi+4G LTE or WiFi-only
MicroSD storage slot
3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
|Motion Sensors||3-axis gyro
|Gaming Features||SHIELD wireless controller compatible
GRID Cloud Gaming Beta
|Cameras||Front: 5MP HDR; Back: 5MP auto focus HDR|
|Video Features||4K Ultra-HD Ready|
|Stylus||DirectStylus 2 with 3D Paint (Included)|
|Software Updates||SHIELD software upgrades directly from NVIDIA|
|Battery||19.75 Watt Hours|
|Weight and Size||Weight: 13.7oz / 390g
Height: 8.8in / 221mm
Width: 5.0in / 126mm
Depth: 0.36in / 9.2mm
|Operating System||Android KitKat OS|
NVIDIA SHIELD app
Trine 2: Complete Story
Multi language Handwriting Recognition
|Cellular Connectivity||North America:
Unlocked (compatible with AT&T and TMobile, please check bands supported)
LTE, HSPA+, 3G, 2G, GSM, EDGEOutside-North America:
Unlocked (please check bands supported)
LTE, HSPA+, 3G, 2G, GSM, EDGE
|Cellular Bands||North America:
LTE: Bands 2,4,5,7,17 (1900, 1700, 850, 2600, 700)
HSPA+: Bands 1,2,4,5 (2100, 1900, 1700, 850)Outside-North America:
LTE: Bands 1*,3,7,20 (2100/1800/2600/800)
HSPA+: Bands 1,2,5,8 (2100/1900/850/900)
* In certain regions band 1 and voice support is enabled
|Optional Accessories||SHIELD tablet cover
SHIELD wireless controller
SHIELD AC adapter
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—July 22, 2014—NVIDIA today launched the newest members of the NVIDIA® SHIELD™ family — the SHIELD tablet and the SHIELD wireless controller. Designed and built by NVIDIA, SHIELD Tablet is the ultimate tablet for gamers, delivering unparalleled gaming performance made possible by the world’s most powerful mobile processor, the NVIDIA Tegra® K1, and frequent software updates that bring new features and improved performance.
The SHIELD tablet is built for gaming, featuring a bright, 8-inch, full HD display, booming front-facing speakers with rich sound, and an optional cover that both protects the screen and can be used as a stand to support the device. To transform the tablet form factor into a serious gaming machine, NVIDIA has built the SHIELD wireless controller, which provides the precision, low latency and ergonomics that serious gamers demand.The SHIELD tablet offers optional LTE for gamers to take their online gaming anywhere. And to ensure the device delivers the richest gaming experience, NVIDIA will provide regular, over-the-air software updates.
As with the original member of the SHIELD family, the original SHIELD portable, the SHIELD tablet is the portal to compelling content that gamers will love, including over 400 SHIELD-optimized Android games, as well as the ability to wirelessly stream users’ PC gaming libraries. The SHIELD tablet’s gaming capabilities are powered by its Tegra K1 mobile processor, with a 192-core GPU that taps into the same NVIDIA Kepler™ architecture that drives the most extreme gaming PCs.
String of World Firsts
The SHIELD tablet provides a range of firsts for a tablet:
- PC Streaming: First to stream games from a PC desktop or notebook, from anywhere in the home – using NVIDIA GameStream™ technology to stream from systems powered by an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 6xx series or greater GPU.
- Cloud Streaming: First to stream PC games from the cloud. Gamers can access the NVIDIA GRID™ cloud gaming beta, available exclusively to SHIELD owners in Northern California, to instantly stream a library of high-quality PC games, and then save them in the cloud.
- Twitch and NVIDIA ShadowPlay™: First to feature Twitch – the leading video platform and community for gamers – which is also integrated with ShadowPlay, an advanced
- game-capture tool that lets users save and stream their greatest gaming moments. Gamers can stream titles from the SHIELD tablet to friends and foes worldwide. SHIELD Tablet also includes a 5MP front camera to enhance the image of the gamer overlaid on the Twitch gamecast.
- Console Mode: First to feature NVIDIA Console Mode, which takes your tablet gameplay to your big screen TV. Console Mode transforms the device into a full living-room gaming and entertainment experience. Gamers can set up their SHIELD wireless controller, sit back on their couch and play Android games, browse the web and watch their favorite movies — all in native 1080p HD.
Controller for Serious Gamers, with Ultra-Low Latency Wi-Fi
The SHIELD wireless controller is the most advanced device of its kind, allowing gamers to boost performance with ultra-low latency Wi-Fi Direct connectivity with up to four wireless controllers to game along with friends. It is the first precision controller designed for both PC gaming and Android, and features a gaming headset jack, built-in touch pad, volume control and revolutionary voice command and search.
A stylus allows tablet experiences that touch-only tablets can’t match, and the NVIDIA DirectStylus™ 2 technology on the SHIELD tablet is a game-changer. Twice as responsive as its predecessor, DirectStylus 2 technology enables the first GPU-accelerated 3D painting experience, a new capability where pigment and paint mix and bleed physically, in real time, and the palette is naturally illuminated in 3D as the user adjusts the light source. Aspiring artists can use DirectStylus 2 to capture the attitude of every stroke on the SHIELD tablet, take notes with the integrated apps and handwriting recognition, or get creative with the NVIDIA Dabbler™ app’s hyper-realistic watercolor and 3D Paint oil painting.
Ensuring that every game, song and podcast sounds incredibly crisp and clear, NVIDIA PureAudio™ technology delivers dynamic sound through front-facing stereo speakers and a dual-ported bass-reflex enclosure.
The sturdy, optional SHIELD tablet cover does more than just protect the tablet. It offers a variety of flexible stand positions to make gaming and entertainment more enjoyable.
Preloaded with NVIDIA SHIELD Hub and Trine 2
The SHIELD tablet comes preloaded with the NVIDIA SHIELD Hub app, the center of the gamer’s SHIELD experience. The app offers one-touch access to over 400 SHIELD-optimized Android game titles, along with Google Play, where gamers can download thousands of apps, including Netflix, Pandora and more.
Also bundled is the popular Frostbyte game Trine 2: Complete Story. Originally a huge hit on PlayStation, Xbox and Steam, the game is now optimized for great gameplay and graphics on the Tegra K1 processor.
Pricing, Availability and Accessories
The SHIELD tablet comes with either Wi-Fi connectivity, or Wi-Fi and LTE. It’s available in 16- and 32GB, with MicroSD (up to 128GB), starting at $299. The SHIELD wireless controller retails for $59. The SHIELD tablet cover retails for $39. The SHIELD tablet, wireless controller and tablet cover are now available for preorder in the United States, Canada and select European countries. Preorders in the United States are available at shield.nvidia.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, GameStop, Micro Center, Newegg and Tiger Direct, and in Canada at Canada Computers, Memory Express, NCIX and ThinkGeek.