Nvidia Shield Tablet Re-Emerges with a Cheaper Price Tag

November 19, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After running through a strenuous period of patchworks, Nvidia has come up again with their ultimate gaming tablet, Shield.

Now called Shield K1, the device doesn’t appear as bringing forward hefty changes except for some trivial additions and omissions here and there.

Altogether, the Shield K1 is a mended version of the original Shield that got launched last year. With an 8-inch 1920 x 1200 pixel display, the tablet features a 2.2GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, which is paired with a RAM of 2GB. The GPU used alongside is the 192-core Kepler GPU.

ShieldK1

Inside the device, you get storage of 16GB, which obviously can be expanded using micro SD cards. 5MP sensors form the rear and front of the Shield tablet. The device still runs the Android 5 Lollipop OS, but Nvidia has assured that an Android 6 Marshmallow update will soon be rolled out.

On the connectivity front, it still lacks an LTE connection. Nvidia is yet to reveal anything about the 32GB LTE version, which means that the device will continue to roll out with only Wi-Fi support for the coming few months.

A big omission in the patched-up tablet from the original one is the stylus, which, Nvidia claims, have been wiped out to cut the cost all the way down to $199, $100 less than last year’s Shield. It will still support Shield DirectStylus 2, which is being made available at $19.99.

That’s not the only omission in the bundle either; Nvidia Shield tablet is also devoid of a charger. The company’s justification however seems genuine; you can get those from within your house, Shield requires no extra adapter.

You can still opt to have an Nvidia tagged charger at $29.99. Alongside, you can also have other accessories like the Shield Controller priced for $59.99, and the Shield Tablet K1 cover for $39.99.

Nvidia made the debut of Shield tablet last year with special focus on gaming requirements. However, it later entered a fiasco due to the fire hazard risks involved with the device because of battery overheating.

The company started recalling the devices back in April, following which they are now being replaced with the new units of Shield K1.

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