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NVIDIA Shield Tablet with Tegra K1 and Controller announced

NVIDIA Shield Tablet with Tegra K1 SoC
NVIDIA Shield Tablet - Exploded view
NVIDIA officially unveiled the Shield tablet, a slate for gamers with a 8-inch full HD display that is powered by the new Tegra K1 SoC and comes loaded with Android KitKat.

The Shield Tablet is no replacement for the NVIDIA Shield handheld console, but more or less the successor of the Tegra Note 7. Instead of the Tegra 4, the Shield tablet gets the new Tegra K1 quad-core SoC with integrated 192 core Kepler graphics card. The build quality has improved as the whole tablet is now a gaming device aimed at the higher end market. The 8-inch 1920 x 1200 pixels screen offers more real estate and a finer resolution than the Note 7. Furthermore, the front camera is now improved to 5 MP, up from 0.3 MP

As the name suggests, the Shield Tablet also inherited the features of the NVIDIA Shield console, like GameStream or GRID to stream games from the PC or from the cloud to the tablet. New features for the Shield line up include the ability to stream to Twitch via NVIDIA ShadowPlay. This is also the reason behind the upgrade of the front cam.

Thanks to the Tegra K1 SoC, the tablet now also supports Direct Stylus 2 and ships with a stylus that can be stowed in the tablet. A new drawing app called NVIDIA Dabbler is also preinstalled for realistic watercolor and 3D oil paintings.

As the Tegra K1 is OpenGL 4.4 capable, Nvidia states that it is relatively easy to port console and desktop games to devices powered by this chip. The Shield tablet is delivered with a full version of Trine 2 that was ported in only a few weeks according to Nvidia. Furthermore, there will be 11 optimized games for Tegra K1 at launch and some of them like Half Life 2 and Portal will get additional graphical features.

Nvidia also told us that the cooling system of the tablet is able to dissipate about twice the heat that conventional systems can handle. Therefore, the Tegra K1 used in the tablet will have a higher TDP than other tablet SoCs. The 20 WHr battery offers 10 hours of video playback and 2-3 hours of gaming, according to Nvidia.

Nvidia provided a demo system for a short period of time and some benchmarks. The (selected) tests showed impressive scores of the new Tegra K1. For example, the fast Snapdragon 801 in the LG G3 was left behind in every single test. The GPU performance looks way ahead of the current competition and even the Snapdragon 805 should be left behind. The CPU performance is also very good and ahead of the current high end devices. See the charts below for more details.

3DMark (2013)
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
33129 Points ∼20%
NVIDIA Shield
18823 Points ∼11% -43%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T
19700 Points ∼12% -41%
LG G3
15911 Points ∼9% -52%
Acer Liquid S2
15700 Points ∼9% -53%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
39590 Points ∼10%
NVIDIA Shield
19580 Points ∼5% -51%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T
20240 Points ∼5% -49%
LG G3
17029 Points ∼4% -57%
Acer Liquid S2
17112 Points ∼4% -57%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
21086 Points ∼36%
NVIDIA Shield
16579 Points ∼29% -21%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T
18000 Points ∼31% -15%
LG G3
12939 Points ∼22% -39%
Acer Liquid S2
12181 Points ∼21% -42%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
66 fps ∼7%
NVIDIA Shield
24 fps ∼3% -64%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T
40.7 fps ∼5% -38%
LG G3
26.7 fps ∼3% -60%
Acer Liquid S2
23 fps ∼3% -65%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
57 fps ∼69%
NVIDIA Shield
39 fps ∼47% -32%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T
31.4 fps ∼38% -45%
LG G3
20.2 fps ∼24% -65%
Acer Liquid S2
23 fps ∼28% -60%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
29.8 fps ∼70%
LG G3
7.3 fps ∼17% -76%
off screen Manhattan Offscreen (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
31.2 fps ∼14%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T
17.7 fps ∼8% -43%
LG G3
11.3 fps ∼5% -64%
Basemark X 1.1
Medium Quality (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
36584 Points ∼88%
NVIDIA Shield
20980 Points ∼51% -43%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T
32200 Points ∼78% -12%
LG G3
23234 Points ∼56% -36%
Acer Liquid S2
21076 Points ∼51% -42%
High Quality (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
28746 Points ∼97%
NVIDIA Shield
10700 Points ∼36% -63%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T
18900 Points ∼64% -34%
LG G3
11499 Points ∼39% -60%
Acer Liquid S2
11443 Points ∼39% -60%
Lightmark - 1920x1080 1080p (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
24.6 fps ∼100%
LG G3
7.2 fps ∼29% -71%
Acer Liquid S2
6.1 fps ∼25% -75%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
1127 Points ∼24%
NVIDIA Shield
927 Points ∼20% -18%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T
1046 Points ∼22% -7%
LG G3
941 Points ∼20% -17%
Acer Liquid S2
872 Points ∼19% -23%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
3495 Points ∼22%
NVIDIA Shield
2797 Points ∼17% -20%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T
2840 Points ∼18% -19%
LG G3
2323 Points ∼14% -34%
Acer Liquid S2
2539 Points ∼16% -27%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
6777 Points ∼18%
NVIDIA Shield (Chrome 31)
4847 Points ∼13% -28%
NVIDIA Shield (Chrome 34)
5934 Points ∼16% -12%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T (Chrome)
4060 Points ∼11% -40%
LG G3
3892 Points ∼10% -43%
LG G3 (Chrome 35)
4345 Points ∼11% -36%
Acer Liquid S2
3810 Points ∼10% -44%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
4286 ms * ∼7%
NVIDIA Shield (Chrome 31)
8612 ms * ∼14% -101%
NVIDIA Shield (Chrome 34)
5050 ms * ∼8% -18%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T (Chrome)
6760 ms * ∼11% -58%
LG G3
7279.7 ms * ∼12% -70%
LG G3 (Chrome 35)
7163 ms * ∼12% -67%
Acer Liquid S2
7220.4 ms * ∼12% -68%
Sunspider
0.9.1 Total Score (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
532 ms * ∼5%
LG G3
678.2 ms * ∼6% -27%
Acer Liquid S2
758 ms * ∼7% -42%
1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W (Android 4.4)
458 ms * ∼11%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W (Chrome 36)
525 ms * ∼13% -15%
NVIDIA Shield
588 ms * ∼15% -28%
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T (Chrome)
670 ms * ∼17% -46%
LG G3
629.3 ms * ∼16% -37%
LG G3 (Chrome 35)
900 ms * ∼22% -97%
Acer Liquid S2
739.4 ms * ∼18% -61%
ANDEBench PRO
Device Score (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
11211 Points ∼100%
LG G3
7344 Points ∼66% -34%
Acer Liquid S2
6247 Points ∼56% -44%
CoreMark-HPC (Base) (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
3509 Points ∼100%
LG G3
2539 Points ∼72% -28%
Acer Liquid S2
2481 Points ∼71% -29%
Memory Bandwidth (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
6150 MB/s ∼100%
LG G3
5031 MB/s ∼82% -18%
Acer Liquid S2
5584 MB/s ∼91% -9%
Memory Latency (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
7268 KOps/s ∼90%
LG G3
6940 KOps/s ∼86% -5%
Acer Liquid S2
7153 KOps/s ∼89% -2%
Storage (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
7958 KB/s ∼100%
LG G3
7714 KB/s ∼97% -3%
Acer Liquid S2
5641 KB/s ∼71% -29%
Platform (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
248 Points ∼100%
LG G3
149.3 Points ∼60% -40%
Acer Liquid S2
96.2 Points ∼39% -61%
3D (sort by value)
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
53 fps ∼100%
LG G3
24.7 fps ∼47% -53%
Acer Liquid S2
22 fps ∼42% -58%

Legend

 
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W Nvidia Tegra K1, NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
NVIDIA Shield Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Snapdragon 805 MDP/T Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, Qualcomm Adreno 420,
 
LG G3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Acer Liquid S2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

A novelty is the optional wireless gaming controller for the tablet. Nvidia wanted to create a high quality controller that suits both Android gaming and streamed PC games. It can be used to conect over a proprietary Wi-Fi direct connection or wired using a micro USB cable. The Shield wireless controller integrates a microphone and headphones port and a small triangle-shaped touchpad.

Nvidia opted for Wi-Fi connectivity to support more controllers and have enough bandwidth for audio streaming. The integrated battery should offer 40 hours of gaming to the controller on a single charge.

Key facts

  • 8-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display
  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC with quad-core Cortex-A15 and 192 core Kepler graphics
  • Front facing stereo speakers with bass ports
  • Frame with integrated magnesium thermal shield (for better heat dissipation)
  • 5MP front and back camera
  • DirectStylus 2 pen
  • 2 GB RAM; 16 and 32 GB Flash versions, support for up to 128 GB SD cards
  • Android KitKat 4.4.3, L update promised
  • 802.11a/b/g/n 2x2 MIMO (2.4GHz and 5GHz) WiFi (no ac support)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS with GLONASS, 9 axis (g-sensor, compass, gyro)
  • Acera LTE chip (same as in Tegra Note 7) - Micro-SIM
  • Height: 8.8in / 221mm Width: 5.0in / 126mm Depth: 0.36in / 9.2mm Weight: 13.7oz / 390g
  • 10 hours video playback, 19,75 WHr battery
  • Mini HDMI 1.4a, Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm headset
  • 16 GB WiFi $299 USD / 299,99 EUR
  • 32 GB LTE $399 USD / 379,99 EUR
  • optional Shield Controller with WiFi connection for $59 USD / 59,99 EUR
  • optional Shield Cover for $39 USD / 29,99 EUR

The tablet should should be available in US and Canada towards the end of July. Europe will follow in mid August and more regions are planned for fall 2014.

NVIDIA Shield Tablet retail packages
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NVIDIA Shield Wireless Controller and Tablet
NVIDIA Shield Wireless Controller and Tablet, Trine 2
NVIDIA Shield lineup, Titanfall
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NVIDIA Shield Tablet Dabbler painting
 
 
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Author: Codrut Nistor / Klaus Hinum, 2014-07-22 (Update: 2014-07-22)