After a few days ago all the technical details were leaked, Nvidia has today now officially introduced a new Android tablet, the youngest member of the house-Shield family. With the 8-inch device, the Californian company wants to appeal to fans of computer games and has therefore to Shield Tablet also a matching Shield controller. However, this WiFi-Direct gamepad must be purchased as an additional accessory. In the USA and Canada the Shield Tablet and the controller from the July 29, 2014 will be available in some European countries, including Germany, from August 14, 2014th
If Nvidia brings mid-August for the first time one of his Shield devices in Germany on the market, then buyers will find two models in the trade: A WiFi-only version with 16 gigabytes of flash memory for 299 euros and a 32-gigabyte version with LTE modem for 379 euros. Two configurations is one of Nvidia as “Direct Stylus 2” designated digitizer (only passive), which can be submerged in one of the corners of the unit. If you want to acquire a Shield controller must spend more around 60 euros.
On the 8-inch tablet with full-HD IPS screen (1920 x 1200 pixels) Android 4.4 KitKat runs in almost unchanged form. Nvidia simply installed a number of apps, including the Android game Trine 2 and the so-called Shield Hub (also known as Tegra Zone), in which there are various compatible devices Games Shield of Google Play Store.
It is driven by Nvidia’s new Tegra Shield Tablet K1 processor, which was announced at CES 2014 earlier this year. The graphics unit this SoCs based on the Kepler GPU architecture known from the PC sector ago, has 192 cores and supports the full range of popular, GPU-related programming interfaces, ranging from OpenGL and OpenCL, DirectX, to CUDA. The four ARM CPU cores of the Tegra K1 are the Cortex-A15 and expect up to 2.2 GHz clock speed.
Additional facilities of this 390 grams heavy and 9.2 millimeters thick Nvidia tablets include 2 gigabytes DDR3L RAM, a microSD card slot, 5-megapixel cameras on the front and back as well as support for Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0. A 5197 mAh battery and a mini-HDMI port round out the package.
According to Nvidia about the mini-HDMI port can also be output 4K video and thanks to the Shield controller including an integrated microphone to Tablet can be used from the couch as a set-top box to the desired comfort Shield, which even on themselves Now Google voice commands understood. In addition, Nvidia offers buyers of the device the ability to stream content directly from the tablet through the Service Twitch the Internet.
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