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NVIDIA Shield tablet to launch later this month

NVIDIA Shield tablet and Shield Controller to launch later this month
NVIDIA Shield tablet and controller
The new Shield slate will be powered by the new Tegra K1 SoC and will offer a lot of improvements over its predecessor. Unofficial information reveals the launch date in US and Canada to be August 29.

The first slate for gamers known as NVIDIA Shield failed to gain a significant share of the Android tablet market but this does not seem to slow down NVIDIA - a new such tablet is in the making and, if the latest leaks prove to be right, it will hit the US and Canada before the end of this month. Next to the new NVIDIA Shield tablet, a Shield wireless controller and a tablet cover should also be ready for retail in less than two weeks.

According to the alleged official images leaked by, the new NVIDIA Shield will have the following specs and features:

  • Processor: Tegra K1 SoC with four 2.2 GHz A15 cores and 192 CUDA graphics cores
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB RAM; 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 128 GB
  • Display: 8-inch with 1,920X1,200 pixels
  • Camera: 5 MP front and back, only the rear one features auto focus
  • Audio: front-facing dual speakers
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE (only the 32 GB version)
  • Operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Weight/Dimensions: 0.88 pounds; 8.7X5X0.36 inches
  • Battery/Autonomy: 19.75 Whr; up to 10 hours

The tablet comes with NVIDIA Direct Stylus 2 technology and it will launch next to a wireless controller priced at $59 USD. The 16 GB/WiFi version will cost $299 USD, while the 32 GB/4G LTE one will be sold for $100 USD more. At last, the optional cover will cost $39 USD

If everything goes as expected, the Tegra K1-powered NVIDIA Shield will launch on July 29 in US and Canada, while Europe will get it on August 14. The slate will reach additional regions later this fall. NVIDIA will probably confirm this information next week.


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-07-19 (Update: 2014-07-19)