nVidia Shield tablet release date, price and specs

Following on from the Project Shield handheld, Nvidia has confirmed the Shield tablet which was recently leaked. Here's what you need to know about the Shield tablet and wireless controller release date, price and specs.

"If you're a gamer and you use a tablet, the Nvidia Shield tablet was created specifically for you," said Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's CEO. "It delivers exceptional tablet performance and unique gaming capabilities to keep even the most avid gamers deeply immersed, anywhere they play."

Nvidia Shield tablet: UK release date and price

The Shield tablet comes in various different models including Wi-Fi-only or with added 4G LTE support. There's also a choice of 16- or 32GB of storage. Nvidia says the device will start at £239 and the higher-end model will cost £299.

The Shield wireless controller and Shield tablet cover retail for £49 and £24 respectively. The tablet and accessories are available to pre-order now in the UK and will be released on 14 August. However, the 32GB model with LTE is 'coming soon'.

nVidia Project Shield devices

Nvidia Shield tablet: Specs and features

The main feature of the Shield tablet is the Tegra K1 processor which has 192 GPU cores. The firm says that the device will receive over-the-air updates to bring new capabilities and improved performance.

It features an 8in 1920 x 1200 resolution display, front facing stereo speakers, mini-HDMI output and Android 4.4 KitKat. It weighs 390g and is 9.2mm thick.

As we mentioned already, there is a 16GB model which is Wi-Fi-only but if you go for the 32GB version you also get 4G LTE support for mobile data. The Shield tablet uses a micro-SIM for this.

Processor: Nvidia Tegra K1 192 core Kepler GPU, 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU with 2GB RAM
Display: 8-inch 1920x1200 multi-touch Full HD display
Audio: Front facing stereo speakers, dual bass reflex port with built-in microphone
Storage: 32 GB (WiFi+4G LTE) / 16 GB (WiFi-only)
Wireless: 802.11n 2x2 Mimo 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS / GLONASS
Connectivity: WiFi+4G LTE or WiFi-only, Mini-HDMI output, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD storage slot, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
SIM Card: Micro-SIM
Motion Sensors: 3-axis gyro, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis compass
Gaming Features: Shield wireless controller compatible, Nvidia GameStream, Nvidia ShadowPlay, GRID Cloud Gaming Beta, Console Mode, Gamepad Mapper
Cameras: Front - 5Mp HDR; Back - 5Mp auto focus HDR
Video Features:    4K Ultra-HD Ready
Stylus: DirectStylus 2 with 3D Paint (Included)
Software Updates: Shield software upgrades directly from Nvidia
Battery: 19.75 Wh
Weight: 390g
Height: 221mm
Width: 126mm
Depth: 9.2mm
Operating System: Android KitKat OS
Software: Google Play, Nvidia Shield app, Trine 2: Complete Story, Multi language Handwriting Recognition, NVIDIA Dabbler, JusWrite, Evernote, Adobe Reader, Camera Awesome