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On Friday, the proverbial whole kit and caboodle of NVIDIA Shield Tablet information leaked to the public ahead of the device's seemingly imminent announcement. It goes on sale, allegedly, in less than two weeks, and will cost $299 or $399, depending on which storage model and connectivity (Wi-Fi 16GB, LTE 32GB) you want.

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It's also the first widely-available device to be released with NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chip, albeit a quad-core A15 CPU and not the upcoming Denver 64-bit dual-core architecture, and that's kind of exciting. Tegra 4 was, to be frank, a rather large flop for NVIDIA, despite being a pretty dang quick piece of hardware (it still blows my mind how fast the original Shield is). This was probably because Tegra 3 was a bit of a dog, and arguably was responsible for getting NVIDIA all but kicked out of the smartphone chipset club.

Team Tegra, though, appears to be making a comeback in a big way with K1.

Tegra powers Google's reference set top box for Android TV (it's Tegra 4, but still - expect K1 STBs because duh), the K1 64-bit Denver chipset is rumored to be at the heart of the upcoming high-end Nexus tablet Volantis, K1 powers the wildly popular Xiaomi's Mi Pad, there's going to be a K1 Chromebook, and NVIDIA remains a strong choice in the automotive computing market, as well. K1 is also the first NVIDIA mobile processor to share parts with the company's desktop graphics cards, by using the same Kepler GPU core architecture, which could have significant implications for mobile gaming.

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The Shield Tablet, then, will be a big market test for NVIDIA, and honestly, it seems like they may really have something worth paying attention to here. NVIDIA has been very quick with Android OS updates on the original Shield, and this Shield Tablet looks to be a pretty premium piece of kit, and not just for gamers.

So, does this new device - arguably the closest thing to a new Nexus tablet you'll be able to buy for the time being - have your attention and, more importantly, that of your wallet? At $300 for 16GB of storage, some might be hesitant, but if you've got $400 to drop for 32GB and LTE, the Shield Tablet will almost definitely be the most fully-featured tablet on the market under 500 big ones.

Assuming the leaked information is accurate, will you buy NVIDIA's Shield Tablet?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • https://google.com/+RenaudLepage Renaud Lepage

    Start of the poll. I'm the stupid one buying it at the start line.

    • Tim Glaser

      It's be MUCH easier to commit to buying this if we knew more about the 64bit version of this SoC.

  • guest

    Where's the option: 'I'm not sure because i'm not sure how much they are going to screw all the people in the UK over with the price?' Definitely gonna be cheaper in the US............

    • me me

      UK prices are 20% higher due to UK VAT. USA prices exclude tax which is meant to be paid.

  • nawa

    I'm going to wait for Nexus 9 (or whatever) and then pick either Nexus or Nvidia tablet depending on specs and price.
    Right now I'm strongly inclined towards Nvidia's one.

    • Alessandro

      I'm finding it hard for the nexus 8 to have better specs at a lower price. Like the K1 is king and for $300 you can't get better really

    • Charles Spanky

      This is what I'm thinking. Either pay the (reportedly) expensive N8 or this tablet. I think the biggest problem for NVidia's tablet would be whether or not NVidia decides to update their tablets regularly or not. My understanding is that there is little love for NVidia products.

      • Caleb James

        Na I've got their last tablet, Tegra noe 7 and they've been great at updating it.

      • deppman

        I have the Shield and Tegra Note 7. NVidia have been great at updating both. Just as with their GPU drivers, updates for Android have been timely and are pretty well tested. Android L is pretty much guaranteed for those device (see http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35101-tegra-note-7-is-getting-android-l)

        I need timely updates for my job and for this reason I used to only purchase Nexus devices. Now its Nexus or Nvidia.

        • h4rr4r

          Only the EVGA Note 7. The HP unit lagged behind until very recently. Not sure if it will get the next update in a timely fashion or not.

          • jonathan3579

            But one could just as easily argue about buying a HP Android device. It's just a bad idea...

          • h4rr4r

            For the record, I did not buy it. I won it in a contest on this site.

          • renz

            AFAIK it is not specifically to EVGA. all tegra note 7 got updates directly from nvidia except HP.

    • http://www.techreviewshop.com/ JP

      I'm strongly inclined to get the new Nvidia one as well. You get a stylus, way better speakers and timely updates. As long as the resolution is higher than 1080p I'll be selling my Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 (32gb).

      • bartimaeus

        Yes, as a digital painter i am looking forward to the new directstylus 2.0 !! I hope it comes to my country, Indonesia...

      • asdf

        Seems to be 1080p: "8" Full HD Display" in the second picture.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/115605168398121887465/about Anzhel Bozhinov

    No. I want NVIDIA's Androidbook like Asus Transformer with Denver cores, not Cortex-A15.

    • jack

      Yes!

  • Blane Stroud

    Too many unknowns, not to mention Android gaming is just not very good. There's no compelling reasons to have an Android gaming tablet. That being said, if the controller feels nice, then this is actually a really good deal for a high end tablet and controller combo. I'd like to see the controller with a phone clip on it though. Would be nice just to have the option to slide a phone in.

    • Kyle Stewart

      The nvidia game stream is good though. Streaming PC games onto a tablet might be better than a tiny screen.

      • Blane Stroud

        If you have a gaming PC and you're interested in that sort of thing, then yes, that could be a compelling reason. From my experience with my Wii U Gamepad and my Vita's remote play (though the latter is a much worse experience than the former), that's definitely something worth using. I don't have a gaming PC though, so that's not something I'd consider in my purchase.

    • Grahaman27

      Nvidia is determined to change that mindset.

      • primalxconvoy

        And many others, such as Moga, Ouya, Wikipad, Gamestick, Mojo, Nvidia (see above), Android TV, Fire TV, etc.

      • Blane Stroud

        Oh, and more power too them. I'd love for them to make Android gaming amazing. I've got these devices on me all the time, and I'd love to have really great gaming experiences on them. It's a shame it's kind of a circular reasoning though. We want good games so that we'll buy into this sort of hardware, but no one wants to makes games for hardware that isn't selling. Nintendo has a similar problem with 3rd party support, but then again, they make games for their own platform. Nvidia has to rely on other people to do that, and no one seems to want to do much besides port old games at the moment.

    • primalxconvoy

      Oh dear, another ignorant poster. There are loads of great mobile games and enough controller supported ones to keep you interested. I play them everyday on the train to work via my phone and a moga controller and then at home, either by connecting my phone to the TV or via the Ouya.

      Please keep ignorant comments such as yours at YouTube and Yahoo! Answers, where they belong. We expect a higher calibre of post here.

      • Blane Stroud

        You know, just because you're satisfied with watered down, subpar, one-note experiences and ports doesn't mean the rest of us are. Just because you were stupid enough to waste your money on an Ouya doesn't mean you need to be an asshole to everyone that finds Android gaming lackluster.

  • Grahaman27

    If the nexus 8 has the 64bit version (want for power efficiency) and an 8.9" screen, then I would be very disappointed in buying this.

    • Kevin

      But... but, 64bit is a gimmick!

      • me me

        64bit platform has to exist to overcome the chicken+egg problem we had way back in the x86 world. First you release the hardware with 64bit capability, then an OS with 64bit capability, then the apps come with 64bit capability, then you can use 4GB memory. That whole process takes 1-2 years so you have begin with 64bit processor well well ahead of a need for it to then smooth the transition to 64bit. Right now we only need 2GB, but new devices coming with 3GB for headroom for the life of a new device.

        • Grahaman27

          Eh. I think the armv8 instruction set improvements are the main benefit. Intel ha already said the transition to 64 bit should be nearly instant for android. I think what you are stating is only true for iOS. (source: anandtech @ ces 2014)

          • Mozaik

            Lol, instant android , like updates from OEM ;)

        • h4rr4r

          Only if you were on windows and the desktop.
          In the server world we had the need and the software and ram before any chips shipped.

          • me me

            x86? No you didn't you have a paged 36bit hack wasn't true 64bit, in both hardware and software. True 64bit didn't come til later. In the Unix on RISC type space (Alpha, MIPS, Power) yes you're correct.

          • h4rr4r

            I meant AMD64 was supported in Linux before the hardware shipped.

          • me me

            Linux on Alpha drove the 64bit built so yes, Linux was ready when the hardware arrived.

            Windoze though... too many bugs to fix to bother with 64bit for a while.

      • yo

        thats because you don't understand what 64 bit is techically.

        • andy_o

          He's mocking many Android fans kneejerk reaction to Apple's having coming out with 64-bit last year.

          • deppman

            I think he's mocking the Qualcomm response to the release of the A7 last year where a top executive called 64-bit a "gimmick." This almost made sense because 64-bit x86 doesn't generally improve the performance of consumer-grade apps much - - and in some cases the performance is actually worse. However, ARM 64-bit provides for much more register space, meaning even 32 bit apps benefit from the change if I understand correctly. Also, many Android apps are Java so they should benefit from a 64-bit ART JVM without modification.

          • NothingUnknown

            Please don't use JVM. You don't want oracle using your post as evidence of copyright infringement, do you?

          • David

            Please don't say "JVM" because Android does not use it. You don't want Oracle using your post as false evidence of copyright infringement, do you?

            Fixed. :-) Jokes aside, in theory, a minimally skilled lawyer could easily twist the meaning of your post to reinforce what he said, if that was actually needed.

      • Grahaman27

        Nvidia claims their Denver architecture is 4x as efficient as using straight A15s.

      • RarestName

        No one here understands sarcasm (ಠ_ಠ)

  • Sky

    i want this..but does anyone know how well the Pin input on this is compared to samsung wacom tech in the note series?..
    ...I'ts got everything you need under the hood for 299 USD , can't beat that right now..especially for mobile gaming enthusiests. :)

    • Matthew Merrick

      Not nearly as good as an S-Pen, but way better than an off-the-shelf capacitive stylus (though that's largely due to the pen's design, not hardware or software)

      • deppman

        Actually the stylus has much better precision and responsiveness due to hardware: Tegra 4 uses the 5th core as a "touch co-processor." With the Note 7, you can use a calligraphy brush and paint just like on a piece of paper. Also, latency is about one third of Wacam. Prior to the Tegra 4, Apple had the lowest touch latency figures. The Shield was the first Android device to be competitive. I can't find any numbers off-hand, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Note 7 beat Apple and others thanks to direct stylus.

        • Halvel

          As a digital painter, latency is my biggest problem with on screen painting.. so i really am looking forward to the new directstylus!

          • deppman

            Hey Havel, I just discovered that NV claims to have cut latency in half from the note 7 with DirectStylus 2 used in this tablet. So the stylus should work very well indeed.

            Palm rejection, while previously quit good, hopefully has improved as well. At this point, palm rejection is the only major advantage I see with an active stylus, because it is pretty there by design. DirectStylus must use software to distinguish between a stylus tip and, say, the light brush of a palm. That's not always 100% accurate.

            As a bit of a lapsed painter myself, I know that the trouble with palm prints has always existed - for example try resting your palm on a wet oil painting while finishing some other detail. The same time tested techniques - like resting your palm on a board above the canvas - work if one needs it. Also, these days we have "undo" :) Generally these techniques aren't needed on the note 7, but are handy to remember where palm rejection isn't perfect.

  • GraveUypo

    nope.
    i would for $400 but it's probably going to cost $1200 in Brazil, so screw it. My current tablet is OK for my uses. (could use a higher res screen and a more sensitive touchscreen but oh well, at least it was cheap).
    also, i like 10" tablets better.

    • lordkeynes

      sounds like you should be in the street protesting your countries awful economic policy.

      • primalxconvoy

        I think Brazil has far larger problems to protest about they dwarfs "expensive hardware", right now.

  • miri

    Considering it. Fixes most issues with the original Shield and looks like a nice tablet to boot. Not really liking the SD card [requirement] but who knows, it could work.

  • Casin

    This is better than the G Pad 8.3 but $50 and with a good library of games. If I buy a tablet this year, it'll be between this and the Nexus 8.9. But then again, I may just hold onto my Nexus 7 2013 for another year.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Just call it the Nexus 9. That's obviously what it'll be called, as .1" isn't worth them using an awkward name over.

  • Alex Goris

    Is that a magnetic cover like the apple smart cover??? While I utterly hate all kind of Apple devices, and love the Android OS, I still crave for a magnetically attached cover like they have. I find it so dreadful that my 439g Xperia Z2 tablet requires a 300+g booklet cover to make it stand up...

  • Matthew Merrick

    I REALLY want a tablet to read textbooks on. honestly I'm probably going to wind up getting this over the Nexus 8 because all leaks point to the N8 having a 4:3 Screen, and that is a MASSIVE deal breaker.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      You are thinking of Volantis which is technically a 9" tablet

    • me me

      Agreed, tablets have to be 16:9 or you waste 20% of the pixels.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Nexus 9, actually. Double deal-breaker for me.

    • Matt Alexander

      Wouldn't a wider display be easier to read books on, as you wouldn't have to move your eyes as often? It would have longer lines but less per page

  • blindexecutioner

    I want to see how the cover works.

  • Lionel

    Well, that sucks! I was expecting it to come with an attachable game controller, like Razer Edge Pro or Big Ben STG ONE.

  • DanNad

    If it came with vanilla Android from Google and updates from Google, yes. I think many would buy this if the whole Nvidia part was just an app that you could install from the playstore.

  • Robert_AU

    My second Android tablet was Nvidia based and came with the promise of optimised games that ended up being a very short list... No more Nvidia on Android for me ever again. I now have a fast Samsung tablet that does everything I need.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Nope, I am starting saving up on future 8" tablet instead of N7 2013 and Xperia Tablet Z2 instead of N10. Plus I am not that interested in mobile gaming anyway (which is the purpose of Shield and this tablet) since I have a home console already

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    All depends on the Nexus 8.

  • abobobilly

    Well give us that Nvidia chipset on a Nexus Device, then we'd definitely buy it like icing on the cake. (just like Nexus 7 2012's Tegra 3)

  • primalxconvoy

    Not interested. Too big and fiddly for mobile gaming and too expensive just to play at home. If they made a gaming phone (with built in controller) or a microconsole, then I'd be interested (but only if the console and phone was compatible with Mog/PS3 pads).

  • dude

    No, I bought a N4 to try out Android L, I bought the OnePlus, I bought the Moto X 64gb woodback, and I'm anticipating the Moto X+1. I should stop buying anything else for the rest of the year.

  • CyberPunk

    Another poll should've been "No, I'm an AMD fanboy."

  • me me

    $350-400 gets me a decent laptop or a decent phone. $200-$250 gets me a decent 7" tablet. Why would I want to pay $400 for a tablet?

    • Daniel Camp

      The tablet is $300. And people pay $400, 500, 600+ for Ipads and the 10 in.+ samsung tablets. So people that want a quality tablet with spec's comparable to the $350-$400 computers, if not better than those computers, and a lot more portable, buy $400+ tablets. And also people who buy "decent" 7 in tablets are not the same people who buy the bigger tablets. Someone wanting an 9, 10 in device probably don't want a 7 in device. People that want a 7 in device buy it because they want something more portable than the 9 10 in tablet, not always because it's cheaper. You probably should think a little more before you comment and pay attention to the price of the tablet your talking about.

      Also you are not going to find a $350-$400 laptop with better specs than the expected nvidia tablet or the samsung tablets, maybe the ipad tablets but they work fine with the specs they have. For $350-$400 you can get a computer with a 1-2 ghz processor, 2 gb of ram (maybe 4 gb, but running windows requires more ram than android or apple ios, so the benefit of 4 gb is diminished), integrated graphics, and a 250-500 gb hard drive which obviously you don't get with a tablet, but that's were expandable memory and SD cards come in to play. With that said it depends on what you want. A mediocre to okay computer or a really good, go everywhere, tablet. Most people to choose the tablet, but maybe not you.

      • primalxconvoy

        Except even a bad laptop has got a keyboard and a cheap console already connects to a TV just fine. Why would anyone spend money on this?

  • WhyWai

    buy a Vita or 3DS if you want gaming.

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    Nexus or nothing! Nvidia needs to team up with Google.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Since it looks as though a new Nexus 7 is probably off the table in favor of the Nexus 9, complete with a 4:3 aspect ratio, this might be the closest I can get to a proper followup to the Nexus 7. So I'm in full-on "maybe" territory at this point. If there's no true Nexus 7 replacement, then I'll likely get this. I really do love to use mine for games, anyway.

  • Leandro Brandão

    I liked this tablet. I don't have one so I use my 5 inch m8 for everything. Would be so much better have a larger screen to watch videos and play games. I was decided to buy tab s 8.4, but this nvidia tab came. Front stereo speakers, tegra k1, cheaper than Samsung one, and I hope it will have exclusive nvidia titles. So for me is the best tablet out there.

  • Nathan Fletcher

    So some people are saying that this has an SD slot and that android the version of android is supposed to be able to store games on the SD. If so I will probably buy this to supplant my 2012 nexus 7. If not this an absolute no buy.

  • AOSPrevails

    For me it depend on 2 things:
    1. Is Nexus 9/Volantis going to be 4:3?
    2. Will the dev community embrace the Shield Tablet(the Tegra Note 7 gets next to no dev support)?

    If 1 & 2 are both true then I will pickup a Shield Tablet, if only 1 is true then I am staying with my Nexus 7, otherwise I am getting the 16:10 Nexus 9.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    No 32Gb Wifi-Only version is a No buy for me.

    • wuzelwazel

      Buy a $20 micro SD card.

      • Humberto Hernandez

        Again internal>SD. But sure it is a workaround.

  • Eric Hayes

    Just bought a Note Pro LTE. Less than a month ago. This doesn't compare.

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      SPAM.

  • sh4un

    I was waiting for the nexus 8 or 9 or ?, but I'm am growing more and more impatient the longer it seems to delay. And when you consider the price suggested in the rumors, I think I will pick up this tablet at the same or lower price that has the added bonus of including a microSD slot.

  • mehim

    Nope, if I'm getting a tablet now it'll be the new surface 🙌

    • atlouiedog

      After owning an Android tablet for 2 months, borrowing another for a few weeks, and borrowing an iPad for a couple of weeks I decided a tablet wasn't for me. I kept running into something that I couldn't do and just going back to my laptop over and over. Eventually I'd just stop picking up the tablets.

      I recently bought an Asus T100 and I'm very happy with it. 10+ hours of battery when web browsing and working in Word, etc., full Windows desktop, native Steam games and streaming of my entire library from my desktop machine, keyboard dock included, MS Office included, works with both Sony and Microsoft controllers, and it's actually quite fast. It's not as powerful as the surface, but it has some additional strengths and it's a ridiculous steal at $300-$400. It definitely suits my needs better than any Android tablet that I've used, though I continue to love my Android phone and have no interest in switching that out.

      • primalxconvoy

        Isn't it a dual android/windows tablet? That's the only tablet that I want (as long as the keyboard dock/case is any good). A gaming tablet that isn't really mobile is just badly designed.

        • Pedro

          Nope, the T100 is a Windows 8 Transformer

    • hoosiercub88

      #datpricedoe

      • mehim

        True, first Android tablet I got was the Asus transformer, but when it comes to work and play, Android leaves a bit to be desired (especially if you had to use to a non left-to-right language, at work). The surface comes also with a stylus and USB ports, which would give a good experience in playing games on the windows.

        The price is a serious problem, but I am putting it in place of a laptop and a tablet.. So at least I got that working for me 😒

  • black_9

    I'm not gonna buy it. If I were a rich 12 year old, maybe.

  • ChangWizzle

    If they would drop LTE and give me 64GB of storage, I'd buy at launch

    • wuzelwazel

      I will be shocked if there isn't a micro SD slot on this. Nvidia have included one in all their designs so far. Storage is not a concern for me as long as there's micro SD.

      • DERPotato

        There will be micro SD slot up to 128 GB on the shield tablet. Source : Nvidia Shield Tablet's presentation on videocardz.com

        • pepe

          awesome! 128gb sdcard will rocks!

      • ChangWizzle

        As DERPotato said, there is an SD card slot. I'd just prefer the much faster single pool of storage.

  • Alex

    If I'm not mistaken, Nvidia should put their titanium graphic card and let us play pc games on my TV = 1 unite sold (especially if the price is under $650).

  • Tấn Phú Nguyễn

    Hell yeah, K1 the beast

  • steelew

    Just bought a nexus 7 2013 (cheap now) it does what I need, couch/toilet computing.

  • renz

    vote for number 2. the game streaming part could be the solution that i have been waiting for my problem. but right now not even tegra note 7 is available in my country yet so..... :P

  • q

    "Shield Tablet looks to be a pretty premium piece of kit, and not just for gamers."

    NO on gamers! Why? There are two types - hardcore and casual. Hardcore gamers dont play shitty mobile games and casual gamers barely spend any money on gaming at all.

    • Cuvis

      This is a Shield. If you have a PC with an nVidia graphics card, you can stream from your PC to it.

      Not to mention, there are plenty of mobile games that are well worth the time of "hardcore" gamers. Mostly, they are remakes of classics and indie standouts, but they are there.

      Also not to mention, if "casual" gamers don't spend money on gaming, who's buying all those stupid IAPs?

      • hoosiercub88

        The casual gamers are the ones funding the IAPcaust killing real gaming lol

        Guy is nuts.. if I had the cash, and I didn't already have a Nexus 7 2013.. I'd grab one for nVidia streaming.. seems like a fun idea actually. I'd need a new GPU too, as my 560 isn't up to snuff.

      • didibus

        And EMULATORS!!

  • eeeee

    Poor poll options. Should have at least had "I'm not in the market for this kind of tablet"

    • Guest

      How about the "I would but I'm poor" option

    • hoosiercub88

      So you mean the, "Definitely not - I will not buy this device" option eh?

      This article isn't about other tablets, it's about this tablet.. j/s.

  • Bender Rodriguez

    to be honest, i rather buy an ipad mini.

    • hoosiercub88

      And you're free to do so.. though, I can't imagine what an iPad Mini would be able to do or do better than this can. I mean, you can save $20 and get a WiFi-Only iPad Mini w/ Retina display, or spend that $20 and get an LTE enabled 8" nVidia K1 powered tablet running the latest version of Android, and I'll assume it also gets Android L in a timely manner. With pen input, great speakers, accessories... or you could just get your iPad. :)

      • Bender Rodriguez

        i have an ipad and a kindle fire hd 8.9. user experience of kindle fires really cant match that of an ipad, btw, i flashed CM 11 for kindle fire hd. Perhaps hardware and apps are the key problems causing the crappy user experience. For the time being, ios supports large screens better than android does. Pen input, great speakers and accessories are not my things, but if android L could elevate user experience, then why not. :D

      • Bender Rodriguez

        :D hope android L really provides better user experience on large screens. pen input, great speakers, accessories are not my things

  • David

    An additional $100 for the REQUIRED bits to make this add any real value - the cover and the hand controller. No thanks. I get nickle and dimed everywhere I turn these days. I'm not going to let Nvidia get a piece of me too. No sale.

    • vidvox

      I intend to pick up both the cover and controller but saying they are required is incorrect. Many of the recent games like Hitman GO and the upcoming Civilization Revolution 2 would be worse with a controller so if you intend to play games like that you wouldn't need the controller.

    • hoosiercub88

      Then stay away from gaming PCs..

  • Leorio

    I will wait for Youtube review first. and see it under real usage scenario.
    so far I still prefer x86 win8 tablet with stylus. but if this shield tablet can prove to be good, then I'm getting one.

  • archercc

    Nope. I had such bad luck with Nvidia powered devices in the past and would rather just have a nice all around tablet and then get a controller for it.

    • hoosiercub88

      Then I have a feeling you're going to hate a good bit of upcoming Google hardware post-L... I know Android TV is going to be Tegra K1 powered..

      • archercc

        Cool story bro, except it isnt. Probably A MODEL of Android TV will be K1 powered, but you know they put Android on multiple devices from multiple manufacturers using multiple chips, right?

        • hoosiercub88

          Cool story bro.. I said Google hardware.. The ATV dev kit supplied at Google I/O is powered by a K1, so you can imagine, the final version will be as well. As will many others I imagine, since mobile network compatibility will not be important in a set top box, so Qualcomm won't be as desirable, especially when pitted against the Kepler GPU architecture in the K1.

  • h4rr4r

    Who is actually retailing it and will it get upgrades?
    I have an HP Slate 7 Extreme, which is a Tegra Note and I was ready to sell it until it suddenly skipped from 4.2.2 to 4.4

    • renz

      the slide mention updates will be directly handled by nvidia. not sure who will handle the retail though because unlike Shield this will be sold outside NA as well.

    • vidvox

      It will be sold by Nvidia on its website and it retail stores like GameStop, Microcenter and amazon. http://shield.nvidia.com/buy-now/#unitedstates

      • hoosiercub88

        So there won't be any place you'll be able to get your hands on one to see how you like it.

        • vidvox

          For the Shield there were a few retailers that had demo units, not sure what Nvidia plans for the tablet. Go here http://shield.nvidia.com/buy-now/ and punch in your zip code to see if you are near one.

  • Jasper Guerrero

    I made up my mind since i saw the latest Nvidia Promotion Video. Im gonna play flappy bird on Ultra Setting on this monster. Surely...

  • Ryan Gabbard

    If I hadn't just bought the LG Gpad 8.3 GPE for cheap, I would have considered it.

  • Cuvis

    If they had a 10 inch version, I'd be interested.

  • BoFiS

    I would if it was more like the original Shield rather than just a tablet and separate gamepad

  • brwtx

    It all depends on how often they plan to update. My Nexus 7 (2013 model) is updated pretty regularly. If I owned a 2012 model it would still be up to date. I have an LG phone that was abandoned 6 months after it was released.

    If Nvidia makes some sort guarantee about upgrades for say 18-24 months I will probably go with the Nvidia. If not I will wait for the Nexus update.

    • didibus

      My Shield has been updated almost as fast as my Nexus 4 until now. So I'm hopeful for this one too.

  • APPAs_FURY

    I wanted an option for Nvidia shield HANDHELD 2 not some gay tablet.

    • Gay Tablet

      What's wrong with gay tablets huh?

  • AvalancheRyder

    I might be interested in this provided the remote game streaming works well. I've tried streaming my gaming PC to my laptop in the past using Splashtop and the result was terrible. There were low frame rates, input lag, low resolution, the controller didn't seem to work, etc. That was on the same network too, let alone remote access.

    Does anyone know if there is any reason this may offer better streaming performance than Splashtop? I haven't tried the original Nvidia Shield though. If this did offer good streaming performance, this might be the best new use of my unlimited data plan on Verizon.

    • vidvox

      This offers the best game streaming by far, provided you have a GTX650 or above in your PC. That is because there is a hardware h.264 encoder built into the graphics card that allows the computer to pass that feed along with a very small performance hit and very low latency.

      • AvalancheRyder

        I have a single GTX680. I guess my only concern then is that my router is 2.4ghz, so I may need to upgrade to one of the 5ghz routers that Nvidia recommends. So between the tablet, controller, and a 5ghz router, I'd be spending well over $500. I'd want to see flawless performance at that price. I hate to buy it and return if it's not up to expectations, but I guess that's the only way to test it out.

        • vidvox

          I wouldn't worry about making sure the router is on Nvidia's list. I went with a different one, the Netgear R6100 that can be had for $90 and it was worked perfectly. Also, it is possible that you wont need a new router if you don't live in an apartment.

          • AvalancheRyder

            Great, thanks for the info. I guess my only concern is whether my Verizon hotspot can hold a steady 5mbps upload speed, or how much it will degrade the experience if it doesn't.

          • hoosiercub88

            The experience with this will be considerably better on WiFi, I don't even know if this actually works over broadband tbh. The streaming is built-in to nVidia's new desktop software suite for GTX GPUs. I only have a 560ti SC in my rig so it doesn't support the game streaming *or a lot of other features* but your 680 should do just fine over basically any router.

          • AvalancheRyder

            I've been experimenting with this a bit today. From what I found, I think the steady upload speed of 5mbps is only relevant for the PC you are streaming from, not the device you're accessing it on. So I don't think I need to worry about upload speeds on my Verizon hotspot, since I'd only use that to remotely connect to the gaming PC, but not to upload from.

            I did encounter some issues with lost connections, low framerate, and lag both when connecting with my Android or laptop via 4G LTE or connecting to the same WiFi network the gaming PC was on. I even needed to restart my router a couple of times. The issues were of course less pronounced when both devices were on WiFi. I think I'll try connecting the gaming PC directly to the router via ethernet cable as opposed to WiFi. If that doesn't help, I may try a 5ghz router. My current router is a Belkin N150. It's pretty basic so I wouldn't be surprised if it was a bottleneck.

            Is the performance that Limelight provides an accurate representation of what I could expect under the same network conditions when using Nvidia Shield, or is would there possibly some additional optimization that may allow for a smoother experience?

        • didibus

          I didn't notice 5ghz over 2.4ghz making such a big difference, as long as you have a good signal.

          You might want to try Kainy, it's an app in the play store that does the same thing and works with AMD cards too.

          If you have a GTX, you can try Limelight. It let's you stream using the Geforce software but to any android device.

          These 2 apps will give you a better idea of what you can expect in terms of streaming from Shield.

    • didibus

      This is way better then splashtop. But you do need a good wifi router. You'd want to have 3 bar or more for sure.

  • Ethan Parmer

    I'm considering this as an accessory to my PC gaming rig.not only an amazing android tablet with specs.the lure of remote gaming is nearly too seductive to resist.

  • Vader_MIB

    Just another tablet. Was good with integrated Joypad. Now this one, what is the difference with the rest of the crowd...

  • René Simonsen

    I had a Nexus 7 (2012), but rarely used it because there's not a big enough gap between screen size on that and a 5" phone. So I ended up using my phone all the time instead. Now I've bought a Z2 tablet, and I love the screen size and it's also incredi-fast. I'm gonna stick with large tablets from now on.

  • Rajas

    Does it have voice calling???

  • hoosiercub88

    I'd like to play with one for sure. I love my 2013 N7 and it's performance doesn't have me even questioning a new tablet at this point though, especially with 'L' coming in a few months. The preview is buttery liquidy smooth.

  • Edward

    I'm just waiting for a second generation of shield that will have a K1, and 1080p screen. And maybe cameras too.. But for me the overall design of shield is more appealing and unusual than a tablet, agree?

    • Sebbe

      Aye! I just wanted an upgraded Clamshell Shield >< Fixing the bezel so that maybe 5.5-6inch screen would fit. Denver would have been cool so the 64bit Android 5.0 would run on it.

  • just.one:truth,justice,love

    I'm waiting to buy an 8" tablet for general use, video viewing, and intensive reading (need good resolution). Was stalking Nexus 8 to compare against Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, then this came out CHEAPER than the Pro and already more powerful. I don't care much for gaming (no time), but hoping that Nexus 8 take this competitor seriously with both performance and price attractiveness. This is free market competition at its best ladies and gentlemen!

  • Michael Sawczyn

    I will buy it... but the size... WTF 8 ...
    for those who don't know - 8 inch tablet has HALF the size of a 10 inch Tablet

    And then I have to put it somewhere on the stand and play with the controller... ??? Rather we will need a headmount to put the small f****r in my sight... right in front of the eyes

    10 I want it to be 10!

  • Nathan Fletcher

    I need some help here guys. I have a nexus 7 2012 32gb. I don't know whether or not I should get this tablet or wait a year until my nexus is 3 years old and buy the next gen shield tablet. I am just so undecided on what to do. My nexus is quite slow at the moment, even with a clean wipe, but I don't want to be screwed with buying a shield tablet.

  • Da Fuq

    I'm gonna get the MiPad because €299 > $299!!! Stupid Americans...

  • Frank Bales

    If this was available in a 10 or 12 inch (wow) size I'd grab it. I'm tired of small screen tablets, though I know they're popular. I have the Tegra Note 7, and love it except for that 7 inch screen.