The graphics chip maker has been developing the Android-based SHIELD portable to create what appears to be a mix of SHIELD portable and the Tegra Note 7, but featuring updated technology and better materials.
All this is supposed to create a gaming-oriented tablet to consumers with the screen de-coupled from the controller.
The original SHIELD portable and the Tegra Note 7, were built around Nvida’s Tegra 4 processor. The SHIELD tablet, however, is powered by the newer Tegra K1, which features quad ARM A15 cores and 192 Kepler-class graphics cores.
The SHIELD tablet’s specifications makes it one of the more powerful tablets on the market. It has 2GB of RAM and an 8”, full-HD IPS display, with a native resolution of 1920×1200. There are also a pair of 5MP cameras on the SHIELD tablet (front and rear), 802.11a/b/g/n 2×2 MIMO WiFi configuration, GPS, a 9-axis motion sensor, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
There is a WiFi-only version and a 32GB version coming with LTE connectivity as well. N
Nvida is using a mostly untouched version of Android to run the thing with a few pre-installed applications, and control panels for the SHIELD’s gaming features.
The gaming features include the ability to stream games directly to Twitch, Nvida’s ShadowPlay technology, PC Streaming, Nvida GRID cloud gaming support, and access to the new SHIELD hub.
The SHIELD tablet is also one of a select few mobile devices that has been certified to stream Netflix 1080p content.