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Nvidia’s Shield Tablet takes Android gaming to the next level

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Shield TabletWe’ve been warned, and teased, and warned again. At long last, Nvidia’s Shield Tablet has gone official, unfortunately a couple of days too late to surprise in any way. But regardless of the mystery being shattered to pieces prematurely, you have to admit the chip maker’s sophomore gaming device effort improves last year’s hesitant rookie stab at the tricky market by leaps and bounds.

Just like the first-gen Shield handheld console, the follow-up Shield Tablet is a one-of-a-kind gadget. But this time, we mean that in the best way. Forget bizarre and hard to market, the 8 incher is innovative and versatile, as by itself, it’s like your everyday Apple iPad mini “killer”, just better, while the optional wireless controller turns it into the ultimate on-the-go gaming machine.

At $299 starting July 29 in North America, you get the standalone slate, complete with a beautiful 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution IPS LCD screen, explosive quad-core Tegra K1 processor, dual 5 MP cameras (so 5 MP on the rear and front), stereo front-facing speakers, Wi-Fi connectivity and 16 GB built-in storage.

An extra $100 adds both 4G LTE connectivity and another 16 GB of internal memory in the mix, whereas the nifty controller, which highly resembles the first-gen’s fixed buttons assortment, is $59. There’s also a cover/stand, valued at $39, so the grand total, if you want all of these things, is a cool $500.

A little on the extravagant side of things? Maybe, but Nvidia promises outstanding performance and long-lasting battery life, and such a gifted, productive ensemble can’t really match Nexus 7’s affordability.

Via [Nvidia Blog]

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