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NVIDIA Announces The Shield Tablet K1, Starting At $199

NVIDIA Announces The Shield Tablet K1, Starting At $199

NVIDIA has today launched the new Shield Tablet K1, a refreshed variant of the Shield Tablet from last year. Both externally and internally the Shield Tablet K1 is the same as the Shield Tablet with an 8″ 1920×1200 display, NVIDIA K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. Sound familiar? That’s because it’s identical to the original Shield Tablet. New this time around however is the price. Rather than having a starting price of $299, the Shield Tablet K1 comes in at just $199.

The Shield Tablet K1 has nearly identical hardware to the original Shield Tablet.

The Shield Tablet K1 has nearly identical hardware to the original Shield Tablet.

To get down to that price, the Shield Tablet K1 no longer comes with an included stylus or the charger and cable. While it’s certainly dissappointing to see those lost, the price alone does make that worth it. After all, this is still one of the most powerful tablets on the market today.

Out of the box the tablet will come with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, but NVIDIA is committed to bring Android Marshmallow very soon. The tablet is available starting today from NVIDIA, Best Buy, NewEgg, and Amazon.

Press Release

Back by Popular Demand: Updated SHIELD Tablet K1, Now Available for $199

Fans have asked for it, so we’re bringing back the ultimate tablet for gamers — at a great new price of $199. And, it’s just in time for the holidays.

SHIELD tablet K1 is a high-performance Android tablet that transforms into an amazing gaming machine with the SHIELD controller and toprated games.

The tablet features a full HD 1080p, 8-inch display for stunning video, dual front-facing speakers for superb sound, and an optional tablet cover that doubles as a kickstand.

Ultimate Performance

SHIELD tablet K1 delivers incredible graphics, powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which features a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler architecture GPU. The tablet outperforms other devices in its class and even those that are twice the price.

More Ways to Game

SHIELD offers the best games with the best graphics. A wide variety of Android games can be enjoyed natively on SHIELD tablet K1. From family games and indie hits to the most advanced Android titles — all with rich gameplay and intense multiplayer action.

Today, we’re also announcing that Need for Speed No Limits and Real Boxing 2 are joining the stable of great games available on SHIELD tablet K1, such as Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Octodad: Dadliest Catch and Vainglory.

Gamers can also join our new cloud gaming service, GeForce NOW — free for the first three months — to connect to NVIDIA’s gaming supercomputers and enjoy unlimited streaming of over 60 popular PC games or buy newly released games from the online store. Following the trial period, GeForce NOW is only $7.99 per month.

This is gaming to take anywhere, even your living room. Use console mode to enjoy all your favorite games on your big screen TV.

Industry-Leading Updates

With SHIELD tablet K1, you’ll benefit from our commitment to have the latest and greatest software for your device, receiving over-the-air updates direct from NVIDIA.

The next one is coming soon as we anticipate Android 6.0 Marshmallow to hit SHIELD tablet K1 in the coming months. That’ll make it one of the first tablets with Google’s newest operating system.

Pricing and Availability

SHIELD tablet K1 is the ultimate tablet for gamers. It includes Wi-Fi connectivity and 16GB storage with microSD support (up to 128GB) — all at $199.99. Optional SHIELD controller retails for $59.99, SHIELD tablet K1 cover retails for $39.99, SHIELD DirectStylus 2 retails for $19.99 and SHIELD world charger with international compatibility retails for $29.99.

SHIELD tablet K1 and its accessories are now available in the United States, Canada and select European countries. In the United States, SHIELD tablet K1 is available at, Amazon, and Newegg.

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Ben Schoon

Ben is a tech geek who co-founded YourTechExplained in 2016. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones around the web.