News by Josh Dasey on Tuesday November 17, 2015.
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Nvidia has launched its new Shield Tablet K1 today, a sequel to last year's original K1 gaming oriented slate that delivered plenty of power and fast software updates. One thing that instantly grabs the eye this year is the affordability, with the new Shield Tablet K1 will cost just $199.To put that into context, the new slate is $100 cheaper than the original K1 from last year and in most aspects it improves the hardware on offer. Nvidia has only announced a 16GB Wi-Fi model so far, although we expect a LTE variant with more native storage to be unveiled at some point. The new Shield Tablet K1 sports an Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset, which yes is the same silicon as last year, but it is still a beastly mobile processor. The Tegra K1 is a 2.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and a 192-core GeForce Kepler GPU that delivers huge benchmark scores, especially for gaming, which is what the Shield's focus is on. Other specs include 1920 by 1200 pixels 8-inch IPS screen, and other specs make this arguably the best pound for pound gaming slate on the market. The $199.99 price means some corners have been cut, or more to the point, more features omitted. For example, the ShieldDirect Stylus 2 pen is now a $19.99 optional extra, while the device also ships without a charger. That seems bad at first, but actually a USB charger can be bought for pocket money these days. Speaking of optional extras, there is a magnetic keyboard cover that costs $39.99, while the Nvidia gamepad will cost $59.99.
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.