NVIDIA launches Shield Tablet, rebrands original Shield

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Earlier this month, details started coming together in a hurry about NVIDIA’s plans for its latest Android hardware, and we rounded last week out with a detailed leak seeming to reveal all about the company’s new Shield Tablet. The hardware specs and product shots making up that find were accompanied by rumors of a July 22 launch date, and just as promised, NVIDIA has gone ahead and formally unveiled its new gaming lineup.

The Shield Tablet is the star of the show, with an eight-inch 1080p display and Tegra K1 SoC. It will work with NVIDIA’s GameStream PC-streaming tech, as well as third party services like Twitch. Just as leaked, the 16GB WiFi version of the tablet will go for nearly $300, while the 32GB LTE version will cost about $400. Pre-orders are open now, with availability coming later this month.

We also see the launch of the Shield wireless controller, the $60 accessory that will give Shield Tablet users a more traditional console-style way to interact with their games. In addition to the hardware buttons and thumbsticks, there’s a built-in touchpad and assortment of Android buttons. The big caveat here is that the controller will only work with other NVIDIA hardware – at least initially.

Finally, we get a little update on last year’s Shield handheld console, and it’s surprisingly not being phased-out upon the Shield Tablet’s arrival. Instead, it’s being re-branded as the Shield Portable, and will continue be sold and supported by NVIDIA.

Source: NVIDIA
Via: Android Police

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