The Shield Tablet is no replacement for the NVIDIA Shield handheld console, but more or less the successor of the Tegra Note 7. Instead of the Tegra 4, the Shield tablet gets the new Tegra K1 quad-core SoC with integrated 192 core Kepler graphics card. The build quality has improved as the whole tablet is now a gaming device aimed at the higher end market. The 8-inch 1920 x 1200 pixels screen offers more real estate and a finer resolution than the Note 7. Furthermore, the front camera is now improved to 5 MP, up from 0.3 MP.
As the name suggests, the Shield Tablet also inherited the features of the NVIDIA Shield console, like GameStream or GRID to stream games from the PC or from the cloud to the tablet. New features for the Shield line up include the ability to stream to Twitch via NVIDIA ShadowPlay. This is also the reason behind the upgrade of the front cam.
Thanks to the Tegra K1 SoC, the tablet now also supports Direct Stylus 2 and ships with a stylus that can be stowed in the tablet. A new drawing app called NVIDIA Dabbler is also preinstalled for realistic watercolor and 3D oil paintings.
As the Tegra K1 is OpenGL 4.4 capable, Nvidia states that it is relatively easy to port console and desktop games to devices powered by this chip. The Shield tablet is delivered with a full version of Trine 2 that was ported in only a few weeks according to Nvidia. Furthermore, there will be 11 optimized games for Tegra K1 at launch and some of them like Half Life 2 and Portal will get additional graphical features.
Nvidia also told us that the cooling system of the tablet is able to dissipate about twice the heat that conventional systems can handle. Therefore, the Tegra K1 used in the tablet will have a higher TDP than other tablet SoCs. The 20 WHr battery offers 10 hours of video playback and 2-3 hours of gaming, according to Nvidia.
Nvidia provided a demo system for a short period of time and some benchmarks. The (selected) tests showed impressive scores of the new Tegra K1. For example, the fast Snapdragon 801 in the LG G3 was left behind in every single test. The GPU performance looks way ahead of the current competition and even the Snapdragon 805 should be left behind. The CPU performance is also very good and ahead of the current high end devices
naveed smart, 29 Aug 2014when will it be available in india?? I m waiting to buy this awesome device..it will not be available in india, you must buy it online and pay the shipment...
when will it be available in india?? I m waiting to buy this awesome device..