Last year when GPU maker Nvidia unveiled its Tegra Note, it was widely assumed that the new slate would change the way we perceive tablets. However, that obviously didn't happen. Still the company hopes to create a magic with its very latest device, the Nvidia Shield Tablet.
The Shield tablet, which starts at $299 (Rs. 18,000) for a 16GB WiFi-only model, sports an 8-inch high resolution display. At first look, the slate looks like a standard looking regular tablet, but its 32-bit Tegra K1 processor is hard to ignore. Users can also buy a separate wireless controller at $59 (Rs. 3600) and an optional kickstand for $39 (Rs. 2400).
What is Nvidia Shield Tablet?
The new tablet packs some serious horsepower under the hood, while it runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the box. The Shield tablet is primarily meant to woo hardcore gamers, who were once smitten by PC games.
One of the plus points to own the Shield tablet is that you can plug the device with big screen T.V; the slate automatically switches to console mode, which brings up an atmosphere for playing games in Full HD. Also, the Shield Tablet supports Nvidia's GameStream tech, which lets you stream games from your home PC to the tablet.
Nvidia Shield Tablet - Release Date
Are you looking forward to buy the Shield Tablet at the earliest? Users residing in the US may pre-order the Wi-Fi only version. The 32GB Wi-Fi plus LTE version is expected to come at a later stage.
In the meanwhile, we take a closer look at the Nvidia's latest 8-inch tablet: Specs, Features, Software and More. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!
In terms of design, the Nvidia Shield Tablet does not seem to be a piece of art. Its mediocre looks may not attract you. The device measures 9.6mm in terms of thickness and weighs-in at 390g. As mentioned before, the tablet's design and form factor is not pleasing, with a matte finish and front -facing speakers reminiscent of the HTC One (M7). The Shield logo is on the back side, while the top houses a headphone jack and a micro USB port. There's a slot for micro SD card expansion up to 128GB and a slot for the stylus that obviously takes advantage of Nvidia DirectStylus 2 technology.
The bezels around the display are large by today's standards. The slate has an 8-inch bright LCD display having a resolution of 1920 x 1200-pixels. The screen should be bright enough; though the results are still expected.
The Shield Tablet could open a ground for potential gamers. High- performance from the tablet is expected, it uses NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC with a Cortex-A15 CPU, 2.2GHz maximum processor clock speed, and a 192-core Kepler GPU. The chipset is so powerful that it can handle Unreal Engine 4, OpenGL 4.4, and DirectX 12. The tablet takes advantage of 2GB of RAM.
The Shield tablet comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with Auto Focus, alongside a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. Both dual cameras can take pictures in HDR.
Nvidia Shield Tablet is capable of streaming games from any GeForce GTX-powered PC and play them on this very device with NVIDIA GameStream technology. The tablet runs on Android KitKat mobile OS.