NVIDIA today introduced its new Shield Tablet, an eight-inch tablet with the company’s Tegra K1 chip at the core. Targeted to the gamers, the tablet will go on sale in US and Canada beginning July 29, followed by Europe on August 14.
According to the company, Shield Tablet has been priced at $299 for the Wi-Fi only 16GB version and $399 for the Wi-Fi and LTE 32GB version. The LTE version will work with T-Mobile and AT&T operators in the United States.
NVIDIA Shield Tablet features a full HD display, microSD card slot, Android 4.4, 5MP front and rear cameras, 2GB of RAM as well as stylus support. The tablet also packs the usual connectivity options and front-facing stereo speakers.
Shield Tablet users will be able to play console-quality games by way of NVIDIA Grid cloud gaming service as well as stream PC games from their GeForce GPU enabled computers. There is HDMI out as well to play these games in full HDTV glory.
“We’ve built our GameStream technology into the tablet – which lets gamers stream games from the cloud, or from their PC. We preloaded our SHIELD Hub app to give gamers one-touch access to more than 400 SHIELD-optimized game titles,” noted NVIDIA in a blog post.
The company has also unveiled a wireless controller, which can be paired with SHIELD Tablet. It uses a direct Wi-Fi connection for low latency and superior bandwidth compared to Bluetooth technology. It will be sold for $59.