NVIDIA introduced SHIELD tablet last year starting at $299, but it went out of stock on NVIDIA ‘s website shortly after the company recalled some units in late July this year for posing a fire hazard due to overheating batteries. Today it has released an updated version of the tablet as SHIELD tablet K1 with minor changes that includes, silicon grips that will make it easier to hold and of course a new battery, just in time for the holidays.
NVIDIA is not releasing the LTE version this time, so you only have the WiFi version, and it has also removed the bundled stylus and the built-in stylus port. SHIELD DirectStylus 2 is now an optional accessory. Others specifications are the same, check out the complete specs below.
NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1 specifications
- 8-inch (1920×1200 pixels) multi-touch IPS display
- 2.2 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor with 192 core Kepler GPU
- 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, MicroSD storage slot
- Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS, Upgradable to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- 5MP rear camera
- 5MP front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11n 2×2 Mimo (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS / GLONASS, Mini-HDMI output
- 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, Front facing stereo speakers, dual bass reflex port
- 9-axis (G-sensor, compass, gyro) motion sensors
- Dimension: 221 x 126 x 9.2mm; Weight: 390g
- 19.75 Watt Hour battery
The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1 is priced at $199 (Rs. 13130 approx.) or £149.99 (Rs. 15050 approx.) and is now available in the United States, Canada and select European countries. In the US it is available at shield.nvidia.com, Amazon, BestBuy.com and Newegg. The optional SHIELD controller retails for $59.99, SHIELD tablet K1 cover retails for $39.99, SHIELD DirectStylus 2 retails for $19.99 and SHIELD world charger (which is now included in the box this time) retails for $29.99.