Nvidia Shield Tablet runs Android, but also lets you play PC games

After months of rumors, Nvidia has finally decided to give its Shield Tablet an official unveiling. And as expected, it is a high-end slate running Android with its main focus being towards gaming. The device is priced at $299 and is accompanied by a wireless controller which will be sold separately for $59.99.

The Nvidia Shield Tablet is everything it was rumored it to be. The device flaunts an 8-inch 1920 x 1200p FHD display and is powered by a 2.2GHz quad core Tegra K1 processor with 192 core graphics. Design-wise, the tablet takes a few cues from the Tegra Note 7. It features dual front-facing speakers with dual-bass reflex ports as well as the company’s PureAudio technology, and the DirectStylus 2 for taking notes and creating doodles.

Nvidia Shield Tablet

The company has also added dual 5MP cameras with HDR support. Two versions of the slate will be offered. One will have Wi-Fi connectivity with 16GB of storage, while the other will support 4G LTE and 32GB of onboard memory. There’s a microSD card slot as well, supporting up to 128GB, and 2GB of RAM. Like its predecessor, the new device can output videos at up to 4K resolution via HDMI.

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The tablet is preloaded with 4.4 KitKat and it will definitely get updated to Android L in the coming months. The company has thrown in various software enhancements including its own GameStream feature for playing PC titles on the slate, ShadowPlay and Gamepad Mapper amongst others. Like previous devices from Nvidia, software updates are issued directly from the chip maker.

Roundup of the Nvidia Shield Tablet specs:

– Android 4.4 KitKat
– 2.2GHz quad core Tegra K1 SOC
– 8-inch 1920 x 1200p FHD display
– 2GB RAM
– 16GB/32GB storage options, 128GB expandable
– Dual 5MP cameras
– 19.75Wh battery

The 16GB Nvidia Shield Tablet is currently up for pre-order along with the wireless controller through the company’s website. The 32GB LTE model will cost $399 and it will be launched at a later date.