NVIDIA announces the Shield Tablet, the latest addition to The Shield family
We knew it was coming, but up until a few days ago no one knew that the next SHIELD device was going to a completely installment to the NVIDIA shield family. The new SHIELD tablet is a specialty tablet targeted directly to gamers, featuring a Tegra K1 processor with 192 GPU cores, a separate controller, and an 8” (1920 x 1200) IPS screen. The SHIELD controller can also function with the original SHIELD portable (think Console Mode). It uses an ultra responsive wi-fi direct-connection with 2x lower latency than bluetooth offers to connect to the device. Also included are volume rockers and headset audio options.
The SHIELD Tablet will offer a variety of firsts for a tablet including PC Streaming via NVIDIA Gamestream technology (must have GTX 6xx series or greater GPU) Cloud Streaming via NVIDIA GRID, Twitch and NVIDIA ShadowPlay with picture and picture of your commentary using the 5MP front camera, and it will capture gameplay with ShadowPlay. In Console Mode customers will connect their SHIELD Tablet to their HDTV to play games, watch movies, and surf the web while enjoying the resolutions up to 1080p.
The SHIELD Tablet will run a near-vanilla version of Android, and will probably come as close to stock Android as one can get without getting a Nexus or Developer Edition phone (OTA updates will come direct from Nvidia). It has a built in stylus (DirectStylus 2), the device is 4K ready, and will accept expandable storage up 128GB. The tablet will include a front facing and rear facing camera. The front facing camera will allow users to capture themselves while streaming to Twitch, making the SHIELD Tablet one of the only mobile devices able to stream to Twitch.
Two version of the SHIELD Tablet will release; a 16GB version for $299, and a 32GB version with LTE for $399. A separate cover will retail for $39, and the SHIELD Controller will retail for $59. Nvidia will begin shipping the SHIELD Tablet on July 29th.