NVIDIA's new shield tablet is like the old, but cheaper

NVIDIA's new shield tablet is like the old, but cheaper
NVIDIA shield tablet 

NVIDIA's first shield tablet was a device that almost everything right: 

the 8-inch slate had a sharp display is flanked by two speakers, a surprisingly precise integrated stylus and a powerful 192-core Kepler K1 processor. At the time it was simply the best games Android device on the market, and a pretty darn good Media Tablet start - but NVIDIA quietly put the shielding on the pasture earlier this year. The company is preparing for the start of a new, more powerful shield tablet? No: it is that of the same slate back on the market, albeit with a reduced, $199 price and less fuss.

At a glance the new NVIDIA shield tablet K1 is a dead ringer for its $299 predecessor with almost identical chassis with the same ports, buttons and layout camera. There were a few improvements: NVIDIA replaces the shiny black font on the shield logo with brushed metal sign and the new tablet speakers are with rubberized grip surface. In fact, the only difference between the old and the new is screen tablet What is still missing.

If you select the check box for the NVIDIA shield tablet K1, they are presented only with the tablet and nothing else. No battery charger, no microUSB cable and no integrated stylus. NVIDIA told us the exclusions were part of the company are the efforts to reduce costs: Most consumers already have a tablet or mobile phone charger are around the house. Exit from the K1's box allows you to slash a few dollars from the total price. It is not a bad move, but you could catch a few unsuspecting consumers off guard. What is the pin? NVIDIA says the new tablet is still compatible with the shield direct pin 2, but now it is only available as an accessory. I spent some time with the K1 and confirmed that it works exactly as it is on the original Tablet - but it is no longer a slot in the cover of the chassis to hold the pen.

The people who already have a separate plate tablet have no reason for an upgrade to the K1, but new buyers may want to take a look. It is more than just a game device, it is a competitive Tablet in its own right -- and still lives up to every word that we wrote about the original in the last year. Well, almost every word: the K1 is only in a single configuration: a wifi model with 16GB internal memory (expandable to 128 GB via MicroSD). If you are a slate with LTE, look elsewhere.

NVIDIA Shield specs

specs

  • Game format Downloadable, Built-in game(s)
  • Screen size 5 inches
  • Touchscreen Capacitive [finger]
  • Online features Multiplayer, Store, Browser
  • Direction control D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
  • Released July 31, 2013

General

  • Game format Downloadable, Built-in game(s)

Display

  • Screen size 5 inches
  • Screen resolution 1280 x 720
  • Screen type LCD (Active, Color, Backlit)
  • Touchscreen Capacitive [finger]

Controls / accessories

  • Direction control D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
  • Other peripherals Video-out

Sound

  • Speakers Stereo
  • Audio jack 3.5mm

Media playback

  • Photo viewer
  • Image format support BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG
  • Audio playback
  • Audio codec support AAC, MP3, WAV
  • Video playback
  • Video codec support MPEG-4

Networking / online service

  • WiFi 802.11 n
  • Online features Multiplayer, Store, Browser
  • Downloadable content Games, Game updates, TV shows, Movies, Music

Storage

  • Internal storage
  • Storage capacity
  • Memory card support
  • Memory card support microSD (microSDHC)

Hardware

  • USB 2.0 (1 ports)

Power

  • Battery size Rechargeable
  • Battery type Li-polymer

Pricing & availability

  • Availability Available
  • Released (US) July 31, 2013
  • Announced (US) January 7, 2013
  • Original price $299 USD

Colors

  • Black UPC: 857905002697
    Amazon ID (ASIN): B00E3667XQ

General info

Product site shield.nvidia.com/

source: engadget.com

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