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NVIDIA Shield K1 is an Affordable Tablet for Gamers

Chances are that you do not know that you are not aware that leading discrete graphics card maker NVIDIA is into production of consumer-ready devices. It is. The company’s Shield family consists of portables ranging from tablets to Android TV. The Shield K1 is one of its tablet offerings that are designed to deliver exciting experience to gamers. The latest refresh of the slate comes at a more pocket-friendly price and packs a new battery. Only the Wi-Fi model has been released at this time.

NVIDIA Shield K1

Impressive Gaming Power

The NVIDIA Shield K1 shares many similarities with other regular Android devices in terms of what you can do with it. But it is designed more for awesome gaming experience. It is unsurprisingly armed with its maker’s Tegra K1 processor, which explains the ‘K1’ in the name of the device. The quad-core CPU is clocked at an impressive processing speed of 2.2 GHz and is paired with a robust 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU. What this means is that users are in for smooth and stunning graphics when playing games. The new NVIDIA Shield K1 looks like one capable of delivering better performance than many popular, more expensive tablets on the market. The processor is backed by 2 GB of RAM.

Display, Camera and Storage

The Shield K1 features an 8-inch diagonal display with Full HD resolution, making colours in games appear sharp. The tablet packs a 5-megapixel shooter both on its front and back for image capturing. Before the original NVIDIA units were recalled due to some issues, there were 16GB and 32GB storage versions. Only the 16GB variant has been re-released for now. Internal storage memory can be expanded by up to 128 GB using a microSD card.

Sundry Information

The fire-prone battery used on the original NVIDIA Shield K1 has been replaced with safer unit. The slate boots Android 5.0 Lollipop and its maker has promised an upgrade to the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow sometime in the nearest future. It will come with dual front-facing speakers and an advanced Shield controller for highly enjoyable gaming. The tablet allows users to stream popular PC games with GeForce NOW at up to Full HD (1080p) resolution at 60 frames per seconds. It supports 4K video output to a TV as well as an optional Shield DirectStylus 2.


NVIDIA Shield K1 originally had price tags of $299 and $399 for the 16GB and 32GB (with LTE) variants respectively. The refreshed 16GB version comes with a more attractive price tag of $199, which converts to a price around N40,000 to N45,000 in Nigeria. This one looks like good value for money.


– 2.2GHz quad-core processor with 192-core Kepler GPU
– 16GB storage (32GB probably on the way)
– 8-inch Full HD display
– 5-megapixel front and rear cameras
– Android Lollipop, to be upgraded to Marshmallow
– Dual front-facing speakers
– Shield controller

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