Nvidia reveals the SHIELD Tablet

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shield_1Nvidia has finally unwrapped it’s latest Tegra-base gaming tablet dubbed ‘SHIELD’. This gamer-oriented 8-inch beastly tablet boasts some impressive specs under the hood, it sports Nvidia’s mobile flagship Tegra K1 SoC (Quad core A15 variant) coupled with one on-die Kepler SMX which delivers unparalleled ‘desktop-grade’ graphics.

The Nvidia SHIELD is a tablet like no other, it’s in fact far from being the average tablet you’d find at your usual store. Nvidia’s latest offering comes with some new technologies and features compared to its predecessor, notably the inclusion of a stylus marketed as ‘DirectStylus 2’ backed by the DirectStylus software processing demoed last year. Nvidia also bundled superb features like a virtual-painter software called NVIDIA Dabbler which aims to provide high levels of fidelity.

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With it’s 8-inch 1080p ISP display packing a resolution of 1920 x 1200 the Nvidia SHIELD promises to deliver a more than decent midrange tablet experience. Underneath there’s four Cortex- A15 cores clocking in at 2.2GHz, one Kepler SMX (192 shader processors, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs), 2GB of RAM (DDR3L-1866), 16 or 32GB of internal storage (expandable via MicroSD) and a 5197 mAh battery.

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Connectivity features include WiFi 2×2 802.11a/b/g/n, GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0 and mini HDMI 1.4a, there’s also a pair of 5MP cameras and front-facing stereo speakers. The 8-incher is also compatible with a new Shield wireless controller and the same game-streaming capability.

A mostly stock Android 4.4.2 runs the show, Nvidia promised to deliver timely updates. The GPU will support all major APIs, that includes OpenGL 4.4, OpenGL ES3.1 and CUDA 6.0.