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The NVidia Shield Gaming Tablet

July 23, 2014

Getting and using the Kindle Fire HD (8.9) has been a wonderful learning experience.  It is a great little tablet, but extremely limited in what it can do, especially as regards software.  The Kindle store provides probably less than 0.01 percent of the applications available to regular flavor Android users.  It is intensely frustrating.  If, in the next two years, I have the cash to buy another computer, this will be a solid candidate. I have bolded the text of the features I find particularly enticing.

Hit the jump for the specs.

 

SHIELD Tablet Specifications

Processor NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 192 core Kepler GPU,
2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU with 2GB RAM
Display 8-inch 1920×1200 multi-touch Full HD display
Audio Front facing stereo speakers, dual bass reflex port with built-in microphone
Storage 32 GB (WiFi+4G LTE) / 16 GB (WiFi-only)
Wireless 802.11n 2×2 Mimo 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
GPS / GLONASS
Connectivity WiFi+4G LTE or WiFi-only
Mini-HDMI output
Micro-USB 2.0
MicroSD storage slot
3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Motion Sensors 3-axis gyro
3-axis accelerometer
3-axis compass
Gaming Features SHIELD wireless controller compatible
NVIDIA GameStream™
NVIDIA ShadowPlay™
GRID Cloud Gaming Beta
Console Mode
Gamepad Mapper
Cameras Front: 5MP HDR; Back: 5MP auto focus HDR
Video Features 4K Ultra-HD Ready
Stylus DirectStylus 2 with 3D Paint (Included)
Software Updates SHIELD software upgrades directly from NVIDIA
Battery 19.75 Watt Hours
Weight and Size Weight: 13.7oz / 390g
Height: 8.8in / 221mm
Width: 5.0in / 126mm
Depth: 0.36in / 9.2mm
Operating System Android KitKat OS
Software Google Play™
NVIDIA SHIELD app
Trine 2: Complete Story
Multi language Handwriting Recognition
NVIDIA Dabbler™
JusWrite
Evernote
Adobe Reader
Camera Awesome
Cellular Connectivity North America:
Unlocked (compatible with AT&T and TMobile, please check bands supported)
LTE, HSPA+, 3G, 2G, GSM, EDGE

Outside-North America:
Unlocked (please check bands supported)
LTE, HSPA+, 3G, 2G, GSM, EDGE
Cellular Bands North America:
LTE: Bands 2,4,5,7,17 (1900, 1700, 850, 2600, 700)
HSPA+: Bands 1,2,4,5 (2100, 1900, 1700, 850)

Outside-North America:
LTE: Bands 1*,3,7,20 (2100/1800/2600/800)
HSPA+: Bands 1,2,5,8 (2100/1900/850/900)
* In certain regions band 1 and voice support is enabled

Optional Accessories SHIELD tablet cover
SHIELD wireless controller
SHIELD AC adapter
SHIELD Stylus

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3 Comments
  1. Herandar permalink
    July 23, 2014 5:52 pm

    Price?

  2. July 24, 2014 3:51 am

    $299.99 and $399.99 for 16GB and 32GB respectively, but remember that you can use SD cards with the thing, unlike iPads et al.

  3. Blankman permalink*
    July 24, 2014 12:11 pm

    Suns, please don’t invest in a tablet that won’t be supported just because it has impressive bells and whistles. There’s a reason why the Apple iPads are so dominant in the tablet market. Everyone supports it! In addition, not many users use SD cards anymore unless you have a digital camera. Is that why you’re interesed in that feature? Let’s put it this way, if you purchase the Nvidia Shield, it’s like purchasing the MS Surface. And you know how that went.

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