The NVIDIA Shield Tablet is an 8 inch Android tablet with a full HD display, an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, and an emphasis on gaming.

We’ve heard a lot about the tablet over the past few weeks, even though NVIDIA hadn’t officially introduced the device yet. Now a series of leaked slides tell us just about everything there is to know.

The Shield Tablet should be available for purchase starting July 29th and it’ll sell for $299 and up.

NVIDIA Shield Tablet

Want a wireless game controller? That’ll be another $59, but what you get is a console-style controller that not only lets you play games on the tablet… if you plug the tablet into your TV with an HDMI cable it basically turns the device into a game console for your living room.

Don’t relish the idea of playing Android games designed for small screens on your TV? No problem. Part of what makes the Shield special is its support for NVIDIA’s GameStream technology. If you have a PC in another room (or even another house) with a recent NVIDIA graphics card in it you can stream some PC games over the internet to your Shield tablet… and even to your TV.

The $299 Shield Tablet includes 16GB of storage. There’s also a $399 model with 32GB of storage and 4G LTE.

Both models feature 8 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel displays, 2GB of RAM, and NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with 192-core Kepler graphics.

The tablet also supports NVIDIA’s DirectStylus 2 system for pressure-sensitive input with a stylus and 4K video playback. They feature dual-band 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and feature 5MP cameras on the front and back. Both cameras support HDR photos, but only the rear camera has auto-focus.

The Shield Tablet also has a microSD card slot for up to 128GB of removable storage and stereo, front-facing speakers.

If you opt for the LTE model you’ll get support for AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the US and the tablet also supports HSPA+, GSM, and EDGE networks.

The Shield Tablet has a 19.75Whr battery for up to 10 hours of run time and it measures 8.7″ x 5″ x 0.36″ and weighs 14 ounces.

via Droid Life and Overclock3d

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18 replies on “NVIDIA Shield tablet and wireless controller launching this month for $299 (leaks)”

  1. To bad for nvidia,for not delivering a portable, game home console streaming PC games device, just a powerful high end tablet,they forget the meaning of portability

  2. I noticed one of the leaked slides said “The Newest Member of The Shield Family”
    Hopefully this means there still will be a Shield handheld.

  3. I’m not really impress for it, $299 is reasonable for me, however since nvidia has always failed to deliver enough processing power(underpowered SoC’s) since they have been manufacturing Tegra products, and I have had them all, tegra 1, tegra 2, tegra 3 and tegra 4. Their latest failure is inside my HP Slate T40S(tegra 4), while my machine is surprisingly great for web browsing, it fails to deliver an adequate video reproduction, MX player pro does a good job playing mp4 and mkv files at 1080p, but the 21.5″ screen(1920×1080) is too much for tegra 4 incapable of pushing enough pixels at enough FPS for the Tegra 4 SoC. Some of My Games also have some sluggish performance(lagging). It has been the same history over and over with every Tegra SoC generation, what would it be different for the Tegra K1?

  4. Don’t worry people, the Shield 2 in a controller form is still coming. This doesn’t replace it.

    Do you guys not remember the FCC leak showing the new design of the Shield 2 handheld. I highly doubt that was a ruse

    1. I hope so. We have enough tablets as it is, but not enough Android handhelds!

      1. I’m not so sure anymore, looking at the controller, it looks very much like the FCC leak that everyone thought was the Shield 2 handheld

  5. Still waiting on more games worth playing on Android. I’m not a big fan of most PC games (MMOs, US RPGs, FPS, etc.) but if game companies can port some console games even from mobile console sytems then that’d be great.

  6. They need to make a console not a tablet. Make a $100 console. Some USB ports and keyboard and mouse support with Game streaming, now I would buy that without a second thought.

  7. Huge bezels , too heavy, too thick and way too costly.
    Samsung fitted in the Tab S 8.4 a bigger screen in a far smaller body, a 9mm+ thick tablet is so 2010 and 390 grams for 8 inch? 250$ would be fine if it was not this bulky but as it is even 250 is too much.
    I know so many that want a new tablet but there is nothing out there worth buying ,at least if you want a fast SoC not A7 based. Guess we’ll have to wait for more China tabs with A17 and A53 SoCs.

    1. Yes, but they did not have the mos advanced mobile graphics processor on the planet, the Tegra K1 modeled after the kepler microarchitecture

  8. I’m curious about the ports. Connecting to a tv via mhl sucks unless the tablet actually gets enough power from the connection to not run down the battery. So will they be using mhl (and how efficient will that be) or will they be using a microHDMI port?

    I’m also curious as to whether the K1 will handle 4K h.265 decode since it does not have hardware decode for h.265 (I seem to remember nvidia mentioning that they could decode h.265 by using the cpu and gpu but no mention of resolution/quality).

    1. If it’s anything like the tegra note 7 they’ll use a microHDMI port alongside a microUSB port, so you can charge the device and output video without issue. H.265 hardware decode you’re right isn’t on the K1… in fact it isn’t really on anything except next gen chips using cortex A53 or A57 cores.

      1. On the H.265 hardware decode I think the Rockchip 3288 has it, it is using the latest A-17 from ARM still 32 bit mind you. Still it is an achievement nonetheless, the chip is just now becoming available in various devices…this is the future that Qualcomm will have to face: many good and competitive SOC’s from various makers available now as opposed to so called clean sheet designs like krait. How much better can Qualcommm be rather than ARM itself ?

        1. If the past is anything to go by then Qualcomm can be just better enough than ARM to matter. It’s not just the CPU that’s important though, the GPU matters too and Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Adreno is arguably the best around, at least prior to the GPU in the Tegra K1.

      2. As the guest below the Rockchip 3288 has it. There are other SoCs that have it but don’t specify the capabilities of the hardware decode (rockchip does clarify that it is 4K capable supposedly) and if I’m not mistaken The latest snapdragons from Qualcomm also have it (we’ll have to wait till the 810 for hardware ENcode but decode is here).

  9. This looks like a great concept with extraordinary pricing (for the 32gb lte). I’m tempted by both this and the chromebook with the Tegra K1 and extraordinary battery life mentioned yesterday. Nvidia is onto something if this chip performs well in the real world.

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