Is This Nvidia's Shield Gaming Tablet?

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kumouri

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The device in the picture (through terrible, terrible measurement with a piece of paper) is not 4:3 and therefore not 2048 x 1536. It's somewhat close to 16:10 (1.6:1) at 1.53:1.
 

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As much as I'd much prefer to game with a clam shell model, having it in the tablet form adds much more value to it. You can use all of that power for other things rather than just gaming.
 

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Why do people only assume 1 device? I think there are two sets of specs because one is a tablet (for people who want a bigger screen, hence a gamepad addon) and the other is probably shield rev2 in clamshell form. It only cost 10mil to dev shield 1 and they don't need to do much more than drop in the new chip (same tdp etc) to have shield 2 (my guess is 2mil tops to dev this one). The tablet is a new design, though probably not costly either as they already have tegra note7 etc. It's not like they're coming up with two entirely new devices here. They're just taking the old housings and plopping in K1's with a few minor changes yet serving a wider range of markets and both being capable gaming systems for people who don't want to spend $400 on a ps4/xbox1 and like cheap games vs. $60 a whack for consoles.

They already have both units made, so swapping a K1 into them both makes sense and is easy. Probably less than 5mil each to develop so why not put them both out? I'm fairly certain they sold at least 100K shields in the last year and that is all that was needed to recoup 10mil dev costs if they made $100 on each (probably fairly reasonable with the BOM on Vita/3ds being $170/101ea and that was before some shrinks of everthing in them now). I'd put both units out since it's so cheap and gets tablet users and handheld gamers to bite. The tablet has 2GB and the shield 2 probably has the 4GB since it's directly aimed at gaming which also makes sense. As long as neither is over $250 they'll sell well vs. 3ds/vita which are about the same after checking amazon/newegg for the latest models of each and both suck in comparison power wise to K1's perf and usability with K1 having everything android can run etc.
 

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Why is this article so speculative? At the time of publishing all the info about the new Shield Tablet was available online. The screen is 8" IPS with a resolution of 1900x1200. Front and back 5MP cameras, stylus support with included stylus, MicroSD, miniHDMI, microUSB. The 16GB Wifi model will be $299 and the 32GB Wifi+LTE model will be $399.
 

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The Xiaomi A0101 has been out for a few weeks now, it's running the Tegra K1. It looks like a powerful little tablet, hitting over 40,000 in Antutu; and some sources are showing upwards of 300 gigaflops of GPU power.
 

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Why is this article so speculative? At the time of publishing all the info about the new Shield Tablet was available online. The screen is 8" IPS with a resolution of 1900x1200. Front and back 5MP cameras, stylus support with included stylus, MicroSD, miniHDMI, microUSB. The 16GB Wifi model will be $299 and the 32GB Wifi+LTE model will be $399.
how about you put a source next time you talk about it being widely published.
 

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Sounds good IF they can get streaming gaming companies like On-Live onboard with this. The biggest problem I have with gaming today is that your games are pretty much 'locked' to one OS, if you switch in the future to OSX or Linux, you are SoL 98% of the time with getting your games to work on those other OS'
 

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Sounds good IF they can get streaming gaming companies like On-Live onboard with this. The biggest problem I have with gaming today is that your games are pretty much 'locked' to one OS, if you switch in the future to OSX or Linux, you are SoL 98% of the time with getting your games to work on those other OS'
SHIELD (the original and this new Tablet version) facilitates a ton of functionality.

PC Streaming - If you have a PC with Steam and/or Origin, the SHIELD device through the Nvidia Experience software allows your PC to render the game, control the game from the device and streams the video to the device's screen. You can stream over your home network or you can stream it over the internet to your device as long as you have access to a wifi connection. So you can stream Skyrim to the SHIELD while you're laying in your bed, or Stream Borderlands 2 while you're on break at work.

-GRID aka Nvidia's version of On-Live. They render the game of your choice at a server farm and stream the PC game to your SHIELD. This gives you PC-streaming capabilities even if you don't own a gaming PC. It's in Beta atm however (but it works pretty good).

-Console Mode. You can set up the device to connect to your TV or computer monitor and play android games on a big screen and either control it with the device itself, or use a bluetooth wireless controller to control the game.

Emulation - you can play classic games from systems like NES, SNES, Genesis, PS, etc. A Link to the Past + SHIELD = good times.

Full Android - can install and run any android app you want on it, of course.

This thing is well worth the price imho. $299 is chump change in comparison for what you get for it.
 
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