NVIDIA Shield Tablet

The Shield Tablet has just been officially unveiled, and while it's all about the complete package, we know it's important to have all of the specs of a device like this available. The Tegra K1 processor steals the show here, but it's also backed up by some other top-notch specs that you'd expect from a device with the NVIDIA name on it. Read along for the full list of internal specifications on offer here.

Category Features
Display 8-inch 1920 x 1200, IPS LCD
Processor Tegra K1 at 2.2GHz, 192-core GPU
Memory 2GB
Storage 16GB internal (Wifi) / 32GB (LTE)
MicroSD expandable up to 128GB
Connectivity 802.11n/g/b/a Wifi, 2x2 MIMO
Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, GLONASS
Sensors 9 axis (g-sensor, compass, gyro)
Stylus DirectStylus 2 with 3D Paint
Cameras 5MP front, 5MP rear
Autofocus, HDR
Ports USB (host and device support), HDMI 1.4a, headphone
Battery 19.75 Wh Lithium ion
10 hours HD video playback
Dimensions 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm
Weight 390g
North America Radios LTE: Bands 2,4,5,7,17 (1900, 1700, 850, 2600, 700)
HSPA+: Bands 1,2,4,5 (2100, 1900, 1700, 850)
Compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile
ROW Radios LTE: Bands 1,3,7,20 (2100, 1800, 2600, 800)
HSPA+: Bands 1,2,5,8 (2100, 1900, 850, 900)

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet specs


A brand new $400 nVidia Tablet will play the top games the same as a old 2011 Samsung Tab.
There are no graphics options for Android games. They all play at fairly low settings.

That's rare for any device outside an iPhone. Don't know why you were wishing for that.

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Why wouldn't you want more flash, if I buy 22 episodes of Community in HD, for $20 AUD, why wouldn't I want to download it and watch it in a congested time. Or on the train, I always go high on flash, 16 GB Nexus 4, 32 GB Nexus 5, I'll go 64 GB with Nexus 6, or 8. 2001 a space odyssey, took up 2.2 GB, on my Nexus 10, QHD and coming UHD take more space. More flash, RAM, GPUs, CPUs, 64 bit, pixels, bandwidth, good, less, bad. Many things wouldn't let me load to SD card.

32GB would be nice, but I don't think I'd pay an extra 60 quid/100 bucks for it. I couldn't care less about a cellular radio in my tablet.

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I don't care about cellular either but I'd pay the money just to have the 32GB of storage. even with SD support I'd rather have more built in storage. For something you're going to have for a couple of years you want the thing to be as flexible and capable as possible and 16GB does not go very far when you're talking about gaming, and relying on an SD card is not the long term solution to the problem, on board storage is.

Your just going to have to root it and use foldermount or similar to map storage to the SD card. Thats what I'd do... The LTE option is great if you have access to LTE, we still don't have access outside of major cities here in the UK. I'd be happy with wifi and tether to my phone when out of wifi range.

Off topic for the controller I wish they had come up with razor tablet type controller accessory http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-accessories/razer-edge-gamepad-controller/ a seperate controller is not ideal.

Ah yes, the old "all you have to do is...." The point is that the average user shouldn't have to or need to know how to root a device to have adequate storage. Could I do it? Of course I could. But its 2014 and we should be expecting more from the companies that make the product.

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Hear hear! I'm stuck with this issue on my Note 8 where my 64GB micro-SD card is essentially useless. I intended to use it for selecting and retaining large camera raw files.

I'm with you guys, I tried to root my phone, Galaxy nexus, it was near to trade in time, but I bricked it. I'm a Ruddy dip elect comp tech net admin spec, I know I'm not a programmer, but nor are most people. Gimme 64 GB on Nexus 6 or 8, I've already got 32 GB on Nexus 5.

Me too. Was expecting 3 maybe even 4. Curious to watch RAM usage and see if 2gb will be a bottleneck

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The Tegra chips (historically) seem to be ok with less RAM that the Qualcomm chips for some reason. Either way, 2gigs is likely plenty for a mobile device, so long as they haven't "Samsung'd" the OS and have a thousand extra processes running the in background.

From other 'hands on' reviews, it seems to be for the most part stock android with only a few added bells and whistles.

16gb internal for a gaming oriented device is pathetic. Half a dozen largish mobile games will fill that up, and games are only going to get larger as time goes on. It should have been 32 minimum with a 64 gb option.

Looks gd,specs are decent but for the price I think more ram could have been added since its a gaming tablet.Why are tablet and phone makers so stingy wen it comes to ram?ram is one the most important functions of any device.smh everyone sells high priced stuff with a low amount of ram.stop being greedy wen it comes to ram give us more ram!!

I don't know why so many websites quote battery capacity in mAh, because what you want us Wh or mWah, the former being the stamina to deliver current, latter being the energy stored.

As this is android will this work with my xbox wired controller over USB OTG? I know it works with some android devices. It would be great if it does as it saves me from spending the £50 on the controller!

check out the Moga Pro controller, you can get them for a fair price these days, especially on ebay.

It would be even better if someone reversed engineered the software in Sony phones for the PS3 controllers, so you could run it on other devices!

These specs are similar to the Google Nexus 7 2013 Tablet, slighty better in that has a better front camera and a MicroSD Slot and a Stylus

You would have thought it would have 3 to 4 times the graphics power, even the Nexus 5, has half of the graphics power, of the Tegra 4 at 72 slower GPUs. This is 192 GPUs, faster, with better architecture, built around desktop gaming work, it's Nvidia's bread and butter.

A mute point considering no app requires or even takes advantage of the K1.
it is like those middle age and old men driving expensive Porches on highways with a 65 mph speed limit.
A Fiat can go 65 mph, heck a dump truck can go 65 mph.
Now if the Shield Tablet can play multiplayer games such as Unreal Tournament Black Edition, Battlefield 3/4 or Titanfall ...

Locking Shield buyers who paid good hard earned money to one single carrier or in this case one carrier and one really bad carrier is not good for public relations. Very few people will want to enter a subscription with yet another carrier, in this case companies with the world's most consumer complaints (backed up by numerous fines for illegal billing, applies to all U.S. carriers).

After much consideration, I will wait for LG to update their 8 inch tablets with a higher res screen and a more powerful GPU.

LG offers a wide selection of carriers. They also have the ability to move most of a large app into the Micro SD card storage, as does nVidia, and unlike Samsung which disables the app manager from moving most of the app to a card.
If the LG G3 is any indication of LG's design philosophy, their next tablet should be very high end, except for the annoying lack of a pressure sensitive stylus or stylus of any kind, which makes them useless as a notepad for school classes or work meetings.
Samsung, like Apple limits severely how the micro sd card can be used, like Apple which does not even offer a card slot, so that their devices have very short life spans before it becomes obsolete due to lack of storage space.

Fortunately, the Android game market is not one that demands a powerful GPU. So the advanced nVidia K1 SoC is a mute point. nVidia offers exclusives, but those few games are limited to only single player games.

Unfortunately the highly varying quality of the drivers offered by different manufacturers has fragmented the Android market, making some games available for some devices while not allowing download for other devices. Two tablets with the same hardware by different manufacturers can have a different selection of downloadable games from the Google Play Store. The same tablet by the same manufacturer with different firmware could have different selection of games available at the Google Play Store. Android problem.

And having a tablet or controller by nVidia does not guarantee good support by game developers. In fact, most devs seem to ignore nVidia hardware. For example Gameloft's latest biggest title, Modern Combat 5, has game pad controller issues and in their latest patch they automatically ban nVidia Shield players due to a bug that claims "suspicious activity" after the patch is applied. Clearly no one at Gameloft even bothered to test their biggest title on a nVidia Shield controller.
So in conclusion, there are no games out there that require a nVidia K1 level hardware system req. Developers don't even seem to notice the Shields exists, hence no support. Even nVidia's exclusive games for their Shields are only single player games. nVidia's exclusive game streaming technology for their Shield devices are soo buggy it is unplayable (PC to Shield game streaming over local area network).
Good ideas behind the Shield, but terrible execution and too proprietary to the nVidia eco system.

I would like to correct something. The battery is more like 2 hours HD video playback from 100%. Total on normal usage(Reddit and Google Play Books) I get about 4-5 hours SOT with Max battery savings on. God why did I not take this POS back. A proper price tag would have been ~$150.

Edit: I would like to point out the fact I already had this replaced once because the casing was cracked and the headphone jack made an extremely loud white noise. Please don't buy this POS, you will regret it.