Rumors have been circulating for a couple months now that Nvidia was going to release a gaming tablet to complement their Shield handhend gaming device, and over the past couple days a trio of leaks have moved this 8″ gaming tablet out of the maybe slot and firmly into the “why hasn’t it launched yet” category.
On Thursday the ever reliable @evleaks posted a leaked product image, and on Friday two separate leaks, one from a French retailer and the other a set of slides, independently confirmed that this tablet amounted to more than simply the collected hopes and dreams of tech bloggers.
The @evleaks image showed a tablet that looked a lot like the Tegra Note reference design which Nvidia launched last year. It sported two front-facing speakers, but there wasn’t much else that could be discerned from the image:
VideoCardz.com got their hands on a presentation which showed that the Shield tablet will cost $299 and $399, and that it will have an optional controller ($59). The $299 Shield tablet with ship with 16GB internal storage and Wifi, while the $299 model will have 32GB storage and LTE. As you can see in the slides, this tablet will ship in the US on 29 July:
These slides were later confirmed by a leaked product listing from a French retailer. That listing is no longer accessible, but while it was up we managed to confirm that the specs mentioned in the listing matched the slides.
The Nvidia Shield tablet will indeed be running Android 4.4 KitKat on a Tegra K1 CPU, just like the rumors said. This is going to be an 8″tablet, not a 7″ tablet like the Tegra Note, and it’s going to have specs to justify the high price tag:
- Screen: 8″
- Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1200
- CPU: 2.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 2GB RAM
- Storage : 16GB/32GB internal, microSD card slot
- 5MP front and rear cameras with HDR support (and auto-focus on the rear camera)
- 802.11n dual-band, MIMO Wifi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- micro HDMI
- micro USB 2.0
- 10 hours estimated battery life
- Dimensions: 8.7? x 5? x 0.36?
- Weight: 14 ounces