Update – Almost after one month of launching the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1, Nvidia had confirmed the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the latest tablet. As of now the tablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box and the company had earlier announced the Marshmallow update to be rolled out in the next couple of months but in a surprise, the latest Android update is expected to release in the next few days.
This will be one of the very few tablets to receive the Marshmallow update in 2015. The UI of the tablet looks similar to stock Android and includes the latest Marshmallow features and some custom improvements from Nvidia. The camera app on this is tablet includes tons of features that are missing on the stock camera app.
With the added App permissions, the users can grant the required permissions for apps access any data. The MicroSD card can be chosen to use as internal storage where you can install much bigger games on this tablet which comes with just 16GB of internal storage. While there is no exact date mentioned about the availability of the update, we expect it to be released before the Christmas.
Earlier: Nov 18, 2015 – Last year, Nvidia had launched the Shield Tablet with a price tag starting from $300 and in July 2015 the tablet was made available for the US consumers. Just after launching the tablet, the company had recalled the certain set of tablets over the battery issue. This week the company had relaunched the same tablet as Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 with few modifications and is priced at $200.
The updates can be found in the battery department and interestingly the company chose to remove stylus that was available in the earlier model. It comes with an 8-inch IPS display with 1920×1200 pixels resolution. The real power of the tablet can be found with the 2.2GHz Tegra K1 Quad-Core processor along with 192 core Kepler GPU that can give seamless experience even while playing graphic intensive games.
It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be further expandable up to 128GB via a MicroSD card slot. The device has a 5MP rear and front cameras with no LED flash provided. As of now the tablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, but the company had announced the tablet to be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the next couple of months.
The 19.75 Watt hours battery on this tablet can give decent battery life even while playing high-end games. The pre-installed apps include Nvidia Shield Hub, Nvidia Dabbler, Squid, Twitch along with Google PlayStore. Unlike the original Shield Tablet, there is no 4G LTE variant of the Shield Tablet K1. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS/GLONASS, and MicroUSB 2.0 port.
While the original tablet came with a built-in stylus, the latest Shield Tablet K1 comes without a stylus but the company is offering it as an additional accessory with the name DirectStylus 2 priced at $20. The other additional accessories offered by the company are Shield World Charger, Flip Cover and Shield Controller priced at $30, $40, and $60 respectively.
The tablet can be purchased from Amazon ad Best Buy along with the company’s official website. It is now available in the US, Canada and few selected European markets.