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There's a 16GB wi-fi model and a 32GB LTE model

NVIDIA's new tablet version of its handheld controller-and-screen device, Shield, now has a full spec sheet available before release thanks to a new report from
The upcoming NVIDIA Shield Tablet will reportedly sport an 8-inch 1920x1200 IPS LCD display, Tegra K1 (quad-core A15, 32-bit) processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5MP front-facing camera and a 5 MP rear-facing camera. The 19.75 watt-hour battery has an estimated 10 hours of video playback.
Some extras are front-facing stereo speakers with dual bass reflex ports, a MicroSD slot, a mini HDMI 1.4a port, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS and a NVIDIA DirectStylus 2 (included). 
There will be two models to choose from, including a 16GB Wi-Fi version and a 32GB LTE version. The Wi-Fi model will sell for $299 USD while the LTE version will run $399 USD.  

Separate from the Shield Tablet itself is the Shield Controller, which offers response times of about 10ms. It also has a built-in headphone jack with voice chat support. 
The Shield Controller doesn't come with the tablet, but you can buy it separately for a pricey $60 USD. NVIDIA is likely betting on the higher-quality features of the controller to be worth the cost. 

For the cautious gadget owner, there will also be a Shield tablet cover that folds into a stand as well. It's expected to be priced at $40 USD. 
Those itching to pick one up can do so July 29 in the U.S. and Canada, with Europe following on August 14 and other regions in Fall 2014. 
NVIDIA introduced Project Shield in January 2013 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a way of dipping into the handheld gaming sector. 

Sources:, Android Police

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By Ristogod on 7/21/2014 9:30:30 AM , Rating: 5
Finally a device that allows me to do that thing I've never wanted to do.

RE: Finally
By Vertigo2000 on 7/21/2014 9:36:41 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see a market for this... it's not really handheld gaming, it's not really console gaming... more of a hybrid that exactly NO ONE has been clamoring for.

It's like they did it because they can, not because anyone wants it.

RE: Finally
By Digimonkey on 7/21/2014 9:58:01 AM , Rating: 2
Well it might enable some people to finally be able to play their PC games in bed.

RE: Finally
By GulWestfale on 7/21/2014 3:41:56 PM , Rating: 2
why not just save themselves the trouble (and development money) and just release an nvidia-branded bluetooth gamepad for use with all tablets?

RE: Finally
By inighthawki on 7/21/2014 7:54:24 PM , Rating: 3
I would guess that their streaming technology probably relies on some proprietary technology in their GPUs, which is also their primary business. If they can also prove that their hardware is superior to the competition, then other hardware vendors will buy their chips.

RE: Finally
By Dug on 7/21/2014 4:29:09 PM , Rating: 2
Actually a lot of people have. Streaming games from pc on 5" is too small. larger screen is exactly what people want.

RE: Finally
By StevoLincolnite on 7/21/2014 6:48:17 PM , Rating: 2
Well, this tablet is only 8"
If it was a 10" device, it would be infinitely more enticing to me.

RE: Finally
By abhaxus on 7/21/2014 9:53:32 AM , Rating: 1
If it's anything like the original Shield, this is going to be running very close to stock Android, with a Tegra K1, in a nice 8 inch form factor and a decent 1920x1200 LCD. And for 399 for a 32GB LTE version it's at a pretty nice price.

Now, I am all for skepticism with tablets (I can't think of much use for one in a world where I have a decent smartphone, ultrabook, and gaming desktop) but if I wanted a tablet this would be near the top of the list.

RE: Finally
By quiksilvr on 7/21/2014 10:04:19 AM , Rating: 3
What I still find annoying is the fact that they STILL didn't implement 802.11ac wireless. If this is geared towards "gamers" I would have assumed they would implement the fastest and lowest latency connectivity.

RE: Finally
By Flunk on 7/21/2014 10:17:48 AM , Rating: 2
I hate to break this to you, but none of the 802.11 standards is significantly lower latency than any other one. ac connectivity isn't offered on most tablet-size WiFi hardware because of the extra power cost on current-gen solutions. What are you planning to do on your tablet that exceeds the 300Mbps of 802.11N?

RE: Finally
By Labotomizer on 7/21/2014 10:27:59 AM , Rating: 2
Especially since streaming 1080p content, even for a game, is easily accomplished by N. I do it already with my Surface Pro using Steam Remote Play. Makes it substantially easier to plug into the TV in the living room with a wireless Xbox controller so I can play recliner/gamepad games from my high end PC in my office.

RE: Finally
By Flunk on 7/21/2014 10:20:16 AM , Rating: 2
I use my tablet for surfing the web, reading email and sometimes playing games from my living room. Do I need it? No, but the screen is a lot bigger than my smartphone (10" vs 5").

I actually bought the tablet to test out Android software on a tablet but I find I do like using it around the house. It's certainly not a required piece of technology but it does serve as a good replacement for paper and for light computer use.

RE: Finally
By Da W on 7/21/2014 10:32:45 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Finally
By Dug on 7/21/2014 4:38:20 PM , Rating: 2
Except the surface wasn't 299

RE: Finally
By kizle on 7/21/2014 10:37:58 AM , Rating: 1
The gaming part its only an extra to be honest, i will buy this to read manga, its still a powerfull and decent priced tablet.

And doesnt have the retarded QHD battery hog resolution. 1080p is more than enough.

RE: Finally
By Arsynic on 7/21/2014 11:05:37 AM , Rating: 2
Handheld gaming? Obviously the controller is optional.

RE: Finally
By retrospooty on 7/21/2014 11:14:23 AM , Rating: 2
I just dont get it at all... Gaming in general suck on tablets. It's not the OS, or the games, or the power... It's the touchscreen. It's just not conducive for great gaming. The best it is is "good enough for when you are mobile and have time to kill" So this has a controller, that takes care of that, but are you really going to travel with a tablet and controller? You may as well have a gaming laptop if you are gonna carry crap with you, and it has a better GPU. If you do it at home, you are better off using your PC or console. I just don't see the market for this other than niche users.

RE: Finally
By inighthawki on 7/21/2014 11:41:41 AM , Rating: 2
The first one had a little appeal because it was smaller and had a built in controller. But now I'm failing to see the advantage of this over any tablet+USB controller combination. x86 Windows tablet + Xbox One controller sounds like a far better deal, considering the extra functionality of x86 Windows when you're not playing games.

RE: Finally
By Labotomizer on 7/21/2014 12:36:37 PM , Rating: 2
And Steam Remote play if you're talking about the house, so you can stream any Steam game to your tablet. It's awesome. It's funny playing Bioshock Infinite on max settings on a 10" tablet in the living room. Always amazes people, at least when they think the tablet is producing graphics like that.

RE: Finally
By retrospooty on 7/21/2014 1:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
I guess that is cool if you are at home and can stream the games from PC or XBO, but... I would still think I would rather sit at the console or PC and use the larger monitor/TV. It's like watching a movie. It's cool that we can do that on a tablet, but when you are home, do you use it, or do you use your TV?

RE: Finally
By Dug on 7/21/2014 4:33:22 PM , Rating: 2
People have family's and if you understood that the wife and kids don't like you hidden away in computer room.
So this is a great solution so you can be in living room.

RE: Finally
By Da W on 7/21/2014 4:47:16 PM , Rating: 2
Precisely. Watch the kids beating each-other up while wify controls the TV and thinks a big desktop in the living room is "ugly", a shield is all a man have left.

RE: Finally
By retrospooty on 7/21/2014 10:58:10 PM , Rating: 2
I have wife and kids... Everyone is different, but sometimes what is worse than being "hidden away" is being in the same room yet not actually present.

Anyhow, I am not saying it doesn't work in certain scenarios, such as the one you just outlined, it's just that I don't see too many people needing it for such scenarios. Niche.

RE: Finally
By Labotomizer on 7/22/2014 9:28:53 PM , Rating: 2
I rarely play directly on the tablet, outside of some games that it will run anyway. Rayman, Guacamelee, SNES emulators, etc. When I want to run a high end, controller based game I plug into the TV with it and stream it to the living room. Then I get the graphics my PC can produce and the comfort of a console all in one.

By BRB29 on 7/21/2014 10:19:17 AM , Rating: 2
If I wanted to game on a tablet with a controller, then I would have to put the tablet on a table or desk. Then I might as well game on a console which is much better and TVs are much larger.

My other option is a laptop. With a laptop, I can use it for everything else as well. Honestly,

I might as well pay a little more for a laptop and I only have to carry one thing. Of course, NVDA will bang the "sold out" drum just like their first Shield because they limit supply.

By kmmatney on 7/21/2014 12:04:59 PM , Rating: 2
I pretty much agree - a laptop makes more overall sense. As a tablet, the price isn't too bad - however you can get a 10.1" Samsung Tab 4 for $289. This is definitely a niche market.

By EasyC on 7/21/2014 10:35:03 AM , Rating: 2
One of those pictures looks like a pen on the tablet? Does it come with a digitizer? If so, that would make an uninteresting tablet more interesting....

RE: Digitizer?
By zzynko on 7/22/2014 12:35:20 AM , Rating: 2
Their first tablet also had a digitizer, I hope this version improved it.

Good solution if you don't have a tablet
By Dug on 7/21/2014 5:11:36 PM , Rating: 2
The size is perfect.
Trying to game on a 5" screen is too small. A lot of people use a nexus 7 with a clip to the controller. I can see something being built similar for this.

This also has hdmi out so you can stream right to your tv or any hdmi device.
USB support.
Stylus input.
Probably 3x the video performance of any other tablet.
Probably better speakers.

I wouldn't see a reason to get a Samsung over this unless for the screen. But a Samsung up-converting a 1080 game will not necessarily look good so the Shield's native resolution would be beneficial.

By inighthawki on 7/21/2014 5:40:06 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of people use a nexus 7 with a clip to the controller.

I don't know (or have heard of) a single person who does this. If it's common where you are, it's not where I am.

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