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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with Tegra X1 chip leaked at GFXBench

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Recently, NVIDIA announced the (re)launch of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, now renamed as the SHIELD Tablet K1 – named after the Tegra K1 chip that powers it. But this was not the tablet most NVIDIA fans were waiting for, not a stepped-down, cheaper tablet. They are waiting for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet X1, and that tablet was just reportedly leaked via GFXBench.

The NVIDIA Tegra X1 SoC (system-on-a-chip) is probably the most powerful processing unit for Android mobile devices available today, by way of brute strength and GPU technology. But it’s only still available on the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV console, and not on a tablet. Well, this leak may mean you only have a little more time to wait before we finally see such a device.


It will most likely be called the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet X1, which makes sense given the naming convention of the lower model. The Tegra X1 SoC has been confirmed by the benchmark, although it’s strange that GFXBench only counted the four Cortex-A57 cores in the CPU, where there should be an additional four Cortex-A53 cores.

The other specs seem to be taken from the original – an 8-inch screen with 1920×1200 resolution, 3GB RAM, and running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. We’re also kind of excited how NVIDIA will skin Marshmallow to look, err… more NVIDIA.

VIA: Phone Arena

Nvidia’s SHIELD Tablet X1 is spotted on benchmarking site

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


It’s been an interesting year for Nvidia, what with the worldwide recall of its SHIELD Tablet thanks to some battery issues that caused the tablet to become a potential fire hazard. In recent weeks, the graphics company released a revised version of the tablet called the SHIELD Tablet K1, which has been well-received. Moving on, Nvidia is in the process of developing a new SHIELD Tablet sporting the powerful Tegra X1 processor, which has been spotted being put through its paces on GFXBench. 

According to the benchmark results, this new tablet, appropriately called the SHIELD Tablet X1, sports the following specifications:

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 8-Inch Full HD display (1920 x 1200 resolution)
  • Nvidia Tegra X1 quad-core processor @ 1.9GHz (Cortex A57 – ARMv8) & GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal storage
  • Unspecified front and rear cameras
  • Bluetooth/WiFi/GPS/Compass

It isn’t known whether the SHIELD Tablet X1 supports MicroSD memory cards, nor what the megapixel count is for the front and rear cameras. NFC is one feature that appears to be missing as well. It’s good to see that the tablet is running Marshmallow from the outset, though. It’s unknown when Nvidia’s SHIELD Tablet X1 will be officially announced, but CES 2016 just around the corner, you can guarantee more details will be announced or leaked in the coming weeks.


Source: GFXBenchmark
Via: WinFuture

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Games for NVIDIA SHIELD Devices Currently 50% Off Through Google Play

Posted by Tim-o-tato November - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Probably thanks to the holidays, NVIDIA is listing a ton of great games at 50% off this week on Google Play, including DOOM 3 BFG Edition ($5) and the Half Life 2 episodes. Each of these games will require you to own a compatible device, which currently, is the SHIELD TV, SHIELD Tablet, and SHIELD Tablet K1. Additionally, you will need a SHIELD Controller to play. 

On top of DOOM 3 and the Half Life 2 titles, you can pick up Portal for just $5 (down from $10), and Contrast for $7.50 (down from $15). Q.U.B.E. and Pix the Cat are also available, priced at $5 a pop.

Below, grab the links to all of the games available at a discounted rate for your Tegra-powered device.

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Just a few days ago NVIDIA announced that it has begun throwing in a free Shield Remote ($50 value) with the purchase of a Shield Android TV set-top box. That promotion is still going on, but on Black Friday this year, the company is planning on kicking it up a notch. This Black Friday, you’ll be able to purchase a Shield Android TV for $50 off from a number of participating retailers, including Best Buy, Canada Computers, Fry’s, GameStop, Memory Express and Micro Center. This makes the 16GB base model only $150, plus you’ll still get a free Shield Remote with your purchase. Not bad!

If you aren’t interested in heading out to a brick-and-mortar store on Friday, no need to worry. NVIDIA is offering the same exact promotion on Cyber Monday at participating online retailers, including, Amazon, and Newegg. To clarify, the deal is only available in brick-and-mortar stores on Friday, and available online on Monday.

NVIDIA is also offering discounts on a handful of games on its website, so head to to shop around. Want more Black Friday deals? Be sure to check out our big list of the best promotions available this Black Friday!

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NVIDIA announces Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the SHIELD Android TV

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


NVIDIA today announced a new deal taking place on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, interested buyers can get $50 off the SHIELD Android TV at participating retailers.

Not only will you get $50 off of the SHIELD Android TV, but you also get a free SHIELD remote, which NVIDIA advertises as a $49.99 value. The deal is available in-person on Friday; online deals for the SHIELD Android TV will be available Monday.

Additionally, NVIDIA will be offering a handful of Black Friday deals on various video games across a variety of platforms.

As you’re out shopping on Black Friday, be sure to keep an eye out for the SHIELD TV at Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, GameStop, and Micro Center.

Alternatively, when Cyber Monday comes around, keep an eye out on stores like Amazon, NCIX, NewEgg, and NVIDIA’s own online store.

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Android Authority this week – November 22, 2015

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Android fans, this week Google released big updates to Google+, Photos, Fit, and other apps; Samsung launched new entry-level devices; we heard hot rumors about the LG G5; Samsung introduced the wonderfully weird W2016; OEMs announced plans for their Marshmallow updates; we tried to clear up some of the confusion surrounding USB Type C; Nvidia refreshed its Shield Tablet; Google and Asus launched their Chromebit; rumors and teasers gave us an idea of what to expect from Xiaomi’s next event; and LG cancelled the just-released G Watch LTE 2nd edition.

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As promised, this week we launched the first round of our gift guide series. We’re starting with the best gifts under $50. If you’re looking for some tech stocking stuffers, this is where you can start your search. Keep an eye out for more guides coming soon.

Speaking of guides, don’t forget to check our updated Black Friday 2015 deals roundup.

This week, we’re giving away the excellent LG V10. Featuring a stainless steel frame and a very durable construction, the V10 is one of the best devices of the season. Enter the sweepstakes here.

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Upgraded NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 now available with better price

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 is now available for the mobile gamers. This is simply an upgraded version of the SHIELD Tablet and is now made faster for geeks for a more awesome portable gaming experience. It’s even more affordable now at only $199–better specs plus great price–certainly worth your hard-earned money.

The SHIELD tablet K1 is definitely aimed for the gamers. It’s not just an ordinary Android tablet because of the high-performance specs. It works with some exclusive games and with the SHIELD controller for a better gaming experience. Tablet delivers stunning graphics, of course, courtesy of the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU.

Specs of the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1 include an 8-inch 1080p Full HD display, dual front-facing speakers, 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot, Blueooth, WiFi, Front, dual bass reflex port, 5MP main camera, 5MP front-facing shooter, and a 19.75 Watt hour Lithium ion battery. Some features could have been better but making this a high-performance gaming tablet is the processor that brings speed and awesome graphics that are even better compared to other high-priced tablets.

The SHIELD tablet K1 is really more of a gaming tablet but you can use if for other mobile purposes. But for ultimate geeks and gamers, this tablet is definitely one for the books. Some games are also optimized exlusively for the powerful tablet–Real Boxing 2, Need for Speed No Limits, Vainglory, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

The SHIELD tablet K1 is available with a $199.99 price tag. The SHIELD controller is optional at $59.99 while the SHIELD tablet K1 cover is only $39.99. You can avail any of these products in the US from, BestBuy, Newegg, or Amazon. Tablet is also available in some countries in Europe and Canada.

NVIDIA has also introduced GeForce NOW, a new cloud gaming service that brings unlimited streaming of popular games or access to new games with a $7.99 monthly fee. Free trial is available for the first three months.


Marshmallow is next up for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Just yesterday we told you that NVIDIA brought back its SHIELD Tablet K1 at a new low-price just in time for the holidays. Now we have a report of when SHIELD Tablet K1 owners will get hold of Google’s Marshmallow update.

NVIDIA has made it clear that even though the SHIELD Tablet K1 runs Android 5.1.1 out of the box, it will be updated to the latest Android 6.0 software in the coming months. NVIDIA’s goal is push the update in time for the holiday season. Unfortunately, the company didn’t mention any information regarding the original SHIELD tablet thus leaving the impression that owners of this device won’t get the update for quite some time. This is rather odd because of how similar the two tablets are.

With Android 6.0, SHIELD Tablet K1 owners will be able to play around with microSD cards more easily and gain other features such as Now on tap, doze Mode and app permissions.

Via: Android Authority

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Video: SHIELD Tablet K1 Unboxing and Hands-on

Posted by Tim-o-tato November - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Early this morning, NVIDIA announced and released the SHIELD Tablet K1. Priced at $199, NVIDIA stripped the previous SHIELD Tablet of its stylus pen, and also removed all accessories from the box in order to meet an aggressive price point. Now, we have a unit in-house, and there is no better way to kick-off coverage on a device than a formal unboxing.

The device features an 8″ IPS display, Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, 5MP front and rear-facing camera, 16GB of onboard storage, microSD slot for up to 128GB of storage, dual front-facing stereo speakers, 19.75 watt non-removable battery, and Android 5.1.1.

Below, check out our complete unboxing and hands-on. 



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NVIDIA Releases the SHIELD Tablet K1, Priced at $199

Posted by Tim-o-tato November - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

NVIDIA announced and released the SHIELD Tablet K1 this morning, essentially a re-release of the SHIELD Tablet, sans Stylus. Priced at just $199, this tablet comes with the same lineup of specifications as the original SHIELD Tablet, but by stripping the tablet of all accessories that would usually come packed inside the box, NVIDIA was able to meet an aggressive price point for arguably one of the better Android tablets on the market. 

For specs, the Tablet K1 features an 8″ (1920×1200) multi-touch IPS display, Tegra K1 processor, 16GB of onboard storage, microSD slot, HDMI 1.4a, 5MP front and back cameras, 2GB of RAM, front-facing stereo speakers, 19.75 watt non-removable battery, and Android 5.1.1. NVIDIA has a good track record with Android updates, so potential buyers can expect Marshmallow in the near future.

Now, back to those accessories NVIDIA stripped from the packaging. When you buy this device, all that comes inside of the box is the Tablet K1 itself, nothing else. There is no AC adapter, no cables, no SHIELD Controller, no nothing. Everything is sold individually to keep cost of the device itself low. NVIDIA is selling a World Charger kit online for $29, which comes with chargers for the US, UK, EU, AU, and CN. The Stylus is also purchasable as an accessory, priced at $20.

With no Stylus coming with the device, NVIDIA has reworked the SHIELD Tablet’s design a bit, but if you own the original SHIELD Tablet, then you will know exactly what to expect from the SHIELD Tablet K1 in terms of build quality. It it a sturdy, somewhat heavy little tablet, weighing in at 13.7oz.

As for software, NVIDIA bakes in a few proprietary touches on top of Android 5.1.1, such as the ability to livestream gameplay to Twitch, plus the NVIDIA Dabbler app which you will need a stylus to use. In addition, you will find access to SHIELD Hub and GeForce NOW for all of your mobile gaming needs.

The SHIELD Tablet K1 is available as of this morning, priced at $199 on NVIDIA’s website. But again, please note, you will need to already have a compatible charger for the tablet, or will need to purchase the World Charger kit for additional $29 because the SHIELD Tablet K1 does not come with a charger.


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