This morning NVIDIA relaunched their SHIELD Tablet K1 at the much more aggressive price point of $199. Last year in July the K1 launched at a $400 price point, with several bundled accessories including the SHIELD controller, stylus, and charging brick. The new version retains the same great specs but does not come packaged with any of the original accessories. If you need a reminder, here are the relevant numbers:
|Operating System||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop|
|Display||8-inch 1920×1200 LCD|
|Processor||Tegra K1 quad-core at 2.2 GHz
192-core Kepler GPU
MicroSD card expandable
|Rear Camera||5MP, autofocus, HDR|
|Front Camera||5MP, HDR|
|Speakers||Front-facing stereo speakers|
|Network||802.11n Wifi, 2×2 MIMO, 2.4 and 5 GHz|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, GLONASS|
|Battery||19.75 Watt hour Lithium ion|
|Dimensions||221 x 126 x 9.2 mm|
Shipping the tablet without these bundled extras allowed NVIDIA to get the price down to $199 for this solid gaming tablet. A few other changes also make an appearance on the front of the device. The glossy plastic around the speakers on the original is replaced by a soft-touch matte material. This should be a welcome change and will be less prone to scratches. Of course, there is no longer a slot for the stylus, since the tablet does not ship with one.
If you want the controller, stylus, or even a power brick, you’ll need to pay an extra charge to order one. The stylus will run you $20, universal power kit can be purchased for $29, and the SHIELD controller can be had for $60.
Overall, NVIDIA has a great track record for updates on the K1, and the tablet is still a solid performer for gaming. In addition to a mostly stock Android experience, users get the option to stream games to Twitch and access to GeForce NOW if you’re already a member of the streaming service. I already subscribed to GeForce now on my SHIELD TV, so I’m going to pick up one of these tablets to expand the utility of that service. If you’re interested in picking up a solid Android tablet for $199, hit the Amazon link below, just remember to bring your own power adapter and micro USB cable!
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