NVIDIA opens pre-orders for Shield Tablet LTE edition
A couple months back, NVIDIA introduced mobile gamers to its latest hardware: instead of a new Shield handheld (now the Shield Portable), we saw the company introduce its Tegra-K1-powered Shield Tablet. With an eight-inch full HD display, support for the company’s Shield wireless controller, and a very affordable $300 starting price tag, it was sounding pretty good – but for as tempting as that 16GB WiFi-only $300 model was, the 32GB version teased LTE support for just $100 more. Now that higher-end Shield tablet is finally ready to arrive, as pre-orders open for the LTE model.
Orders of the LTE Shield Tablet will ship by September 30, with sales open to shoppers in the US and Europe. In the States, NVIDIA is advertising AT&T compatibility for the tablet’s LTE bands, and if you bring your new Shield in to an AT&T store to sign-up for two years of data service, the carrier will give you back $100, effectively making this 32GB LTE model go for the same price as the 16GB WiFi edition (those monthly service charges notwithstanding).
While this all seems very tempting, we wonder what effect rumors of a very similar-sounding HTC Nexus 9 with the same Tegra K1 chip will have on NVIDIA’s sales, especially with Google’s famously low hardware prices.