NVIDIA Shield tablet with Tegra K1 goes official, starts at $299

After months of leaks and reports, NVIDIA has finally launched its Shield tablet which is specifically aimed at gamers. Powered with Tegra K1 quad core processor, the tablet sports 8 inch Full HD display can support full 1080p high-definition or 4K UltraHD games. It has 2GB of RAM, 5MP front and rear cameras, a 10 hour battery, and support for pressure-sensitive input with NVIDIA’s DirectStylus 2 device.


Designed especially for video games, the Android KitKat based tablet has a few features other tablets lack including the ability to stream games from your PC to your tablet over the internet. As leaked recently, the NVIDIA Shield boasts of front facing speakers and is available in 16GB (Wi-Fi) variant for  $299 and 32GB (Wi-Fi + LTE) variant for $399. Both options feature an expansion card for up to 128GB of additional storage space.

In addition, to the tablet, NVIDIA has also launched a wireless gaming controller which is sold separately.Priced at $60, the controller lets you play games without touching the tablet and can connect upto 4 controllers to a single Shield tablet. The controller also has a headset jack and built-in mic for use with voice commands, searches and more.


Nvidia boasts over 400 games that are optimized for the Shield at launch, though you will naturally be able to load up any app or game from the Play Store. This is Nvidia’s second Shield device as the first one was a handheld streaming console which plays Android games but can also send some PC games from a computer to the Shield device.

The Shield Tablet will be available July 29 in the U.S. and Canada, and August 14 in Europe.

Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+