NVIDIA was having a rough go of things with its Android-based hardware earlier this year, as not one, but two products suffered from some pretty public failures. Before the manufacturer found itself dealing with failing hard drives in Shield Pro Android TV boxes, it was ordering a recall for Shield Tablet units, after the discovery that bad batteries posed a fire risk. That news was followed by NVIDIA putting a halt to tablet sales, but now it’s ready to try a second stab at things as it brings the tablet back under a tweaked name, the Shield Tablet K1.
What’s changed? Well, aside from NVIDIA sorting out its battery issues, not really anything – on the hardware side at least. That means an eight-inch 1080p display, Tegra K1 SoC, and stereo front-facing speakers – all the stuff that made the tablet an attractive buy back when it launched for $300 in July of 2014.
But by now we’re more than a year removed from the tablet’s initial debut, so it’s a lot harder to convince consumers that a purchase today is as justified as it might have been last summer. Perhaps in light of that, NVIDIA is taking an axe to Shield Tablet K1 pricing, discounting the hardware by $100 to bring it down to a new $200 price.
For an Android tablet with these specs, that’s not half bad. And with word today that NVIDIA plans to being Marshmallow to the Tablet K1 within the next few months, the software situation is sounding nearly as good as the new low price.