Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA), on Thursday released an update to its Shield Tablet. It gives users the update to version 1.2, which comes with some important enhancements and major bug fixes.
The fixes include enhanced Shield hub features and network test capability. Users now can customize My Android Games and My Media Apps sections. They can now share news items and can also swipe between articles at their finger-points.
Nvidia’s SHIELD is unique in its case as it is specifically designed for gaming, but the device showed its real capabilities, as an everyday tablet as well. The SHIELD comes with LTE on AT&T and is, in fact, the first device Nvidia has ever certified on AT&T. It has 32 GB of on-board storage(16 GB also available), 8-inch Full HD (1920×1200) display, powered by Tegra K1 SoC (192 core Kepler GPU, 2.2GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU), 2GB of RAM, featuring front-facing stereo speakers with dual bass reflex port and built-in microphone, 802.11n Wi-Fi (2×2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port, micro-SIM, 5MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus, mini HDMI output, micro USB 2.0 port, microSD card slot, DirectStylus 2 with 3D Paint, and various other software bits, and it is based on the latest Android KitKat.
In addition, users can now enjoy some free enhancements and accessories, including a wireless controller, tablet cover, an additional stylus, and an additional AC adapter. The battery life on the Shield is great with mixed usage and is satisfactory for purely gaming purposes, but that’s something hardcore gamers aren’t looking for.
The Shield tablet retails for $299 for the 16GB (Wi-Fi) and $399 for the 32GB (Wi-Fi + LTE) on Nvidia’s website.
It is clear that Nvidia has shown their true colors with this one, but they still have a long way to go in order to compete with the iPad and the Galaxy market.