This is NVIDIA’s latest shot at creating a gaming console on-the-go with zero compromises. The Shield Tablet sports the company’s latest, the K1 System-on-Chip, an 8-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display, front-facing stereo speakers a la HTC One, 5MP front and back-facing cameras, stock Android 4.4 KitKat, Directstylus 2 input (with included stylus), 16/32GB of internal storage (expandable to 128GB via microSD), WiFI a/b/g/n with optional LTE, with a 19.75 Watt Lithium Ion battery.
Best part? It can run actual games: 16 titles will be available at launch this July 29th, starting at $300 for the 16GB model. Some of the starting games ported to the K1 platform include Portal, Half-Life 2, Trine 2, War Thunder, and others. NVIDIA’s also enables the same GameStream technology seen on previous Shield hardware, so that a PC with a GTX graphics card can wirelessly stream a game on your computer to the tablet’s over WiFi — at full resolution and anti-aliasing, no less.
Also, keep in mind the Shield tablet can rack up costs rather quickly: the base model costs $300, the 32GB model with LTE costs an extra $100, the gamepad costs an additional $59, and the cover that allows for using the tablet as a game screen, an additional $39.