Nvidia’s Shield tablet was launched last year with a price tag of $299 (roughly Rs. 19,000). The company however was forced to recall some of its Shield tablets in the US after it found the battery in device can overheat, posing a possible fire hazard.
The company on Tuesday has re-launched its Nvidia Shield tablet as the Shield Tablet K1 priced at $199 (approximately Rs. 13,000). The tablet targeted at gamers is now available in the US, Canada, and a few European markets. The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 is also available online via Amazon and Best Buy in the US as well as the company’s store. Notably, the company has only listed the Wi-Fi version of the Shield Tablet K1 and has not detailed any plans to launch an LTE version.
The company will be also selling a Shield Controller priced at $59.99 (approximately Rs. 4,000) which will be sold separately. Other accessories sold separately include a stylus named DirectStylus 2 priced at $19.99 (approximately Rs. 1,350); Shield Tablet K1 cover at $39.99 (approximately Rs. 2,700), and Shield world charger with international compatibility priced at $29.99 (approximately Rs. 2,000).
For specifications, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 features an 8-inch (1920×1200 pixels) IPS display and is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 4+1 core processor coupled with a 192-core Kepler GPU with 2GB of RAM. The tablet packs 16GB of storage and also comes with microSD card slot.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop-based tablet is said to receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the coming months. On the optics front, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 sports 5-megapixel rear and front cameras. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS/ GLONASS, Mini-HDMI, and Micro-USB.
The tablet measures 221x126x9.2mm and weighs 390 grams. It comes with 19.75 Watt hour battery.