NVIDIA’s $299 handheld gaming console is now shipping, and as NVIDIA’s first entry into the consumer device space, it’s generating a bit of buzz… and uncertainty. One thing that is certain though, is that if you take apart the NVIDIA Shield, you can get a better idea of what makes the device tick.

So that’s what the folks at iFixit did.

Shield's up

Here are some of the things they found:

  • There’s a 7350mAh, 28.8 Whr battery, which helps explain the device’s spectacular battery life. 
  • NVIDIA clearly expects the Shield to get hot at times, and unlike most Android phones or tablets, there’s a small fan in the case.
  • The buttons, fan, and other mechanical bits are pretty modular and should be easy to replace if they break.
  • The display, not so much.

Other specs are pretty much as expected, including an NVIDIA Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor, 2GB of SK Hynx RAM, 16GB of storage thanks to a Samsung eMMC module, and a variety of sensors, a Realtek audio controller, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel multitouch display.

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3 replies on “NVIDIA Shield dissected, enormous battery discovered”

  1. So 28whr battery and five to six hours of battery life so entire device consumes about 5 watts per hour…That is not actually bad, it kills Baytrail in gaming.

  2. If I wouldn’t have to replace my really nice AMD card with a $150 Nvidia card for steam streaming, I would have one of these today.

  3. “There’s a $7350mAh, 28.8 Whr battery”, Wow, that battery is expensive!

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