|Screen Size||8 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1200|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920x1200 pixels|
|Processor||2.2 GHz Tegra K1|
|Hard Drive||16 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA 192-core Maxwell|
|Wireless Type||802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth|
NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8" Tablet - Black
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- More ways to game with Android games and GeForce NOW cloud gaming service.
- Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, featuring a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU and 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU.
- Full HD 1080p, 8-inch display, and dual-front facing speakers for incredible video and sound.
- MicroSD slot provides expandable storage up to 128 GB.
- 802.11n 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS / GLONASS
- Uses standard USB-to-Micro USB cable for charging. Cable not included. World Charger sold separately. Please refer the User Guide before use.
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SHIELD Tablet K1
The Ultimate Tablet for Gamers
The new NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1 is a high-performance tablet that brings ultimate entertainment to gamers. Together with the SHIELD controller and GeForce NOW cloud gaming service, this Android tablet is instantly transformed into a powerful gaming system that can create the best experiences in the gaming world.
Note: SHIELD Controller and K1 Cover sold separately.
Uses standard USB-to-Micro USB cable for charging. Cable not included. World Charger sold separately.
Features at a Glance
- NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
- 192-core NVIDIA graphics
- Quad-core 32-bit CPU
- 2GB RAM
- Mini-HDMI 1.4a
- 16 GB storage
- Micro SD card slot for additional storage
- 802.11a/b/g/n 2x2 Mimo Wi-Fi
More Ways to Game
Play Premium SHIELD Games on the Go
SHIELD is the best way to enjoy premium Android games—from family favorites and indie hits to the most advanced Android games with rich gameplay and intense multiplayer action.
Instantly Stream Amazing Games from the Cloud Anywhere
GeForce NOW instantly streams a library of popular PC games at up to 1080p* resolution at 60 FPS from NVIDIA gaming supercomputers in the cloud. Enjoy a collection of 50 classic titles included with membership or buy newly released games from our online store and play them instantly.
*See our official site for more details.
Built for Gamers
The SHIELD tablet K1 features a Full HD 1080p, 8-inch display and dual-front facing speakers for incredible video and sound. A microSD slot provides expandable storage up to 128 GB. With the optional tablet cover doubling as a kickstand and the advanced SHIELD controller, this is the ultimate tablet for gamers.
The new NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1 is a high-performance Android tablet that transforms into an amazing gaming machine with the SHIELD controller and GeForce NOW game-streaming service. Get incredible graphics powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor which features a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler CPU and 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU. Join GeForce NOW to connect to NVIDIA's gaming supercomputers and enjoy unlimited streaming of popular PC games or buy newly released games from the online store. The SHIELD tablet K1 features a Full HD 1080p, 8-inch display and dual-front facing speakers for incredible video and sound. With the optional tablet cover doubling as a kickstand and the advanced SHIELD controller, this is the ultimate tablet for gamers. Note: Uses standard USB-to-Micro USB cable for charging. Cable not included. World Charger sold separately.
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However, it further dawned on me that the only content I *needed* to be able to utilize a tablet for, where Amazon is concerned, are videos and music; and those can be accessed on any Android tablet. So I begun to look for a suitable replacement. At the time, I considered several tablets - the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Tab S2, Kindle Fire HD8, and so on. I eventually settled on, and ordered, a Galaxy Tab S, but despite being a very nice tablet, Samsung has had a reputation for barely supporting their tablets for the requisite 18 months.
Having considered the Nvidia Shield Tablet in the past, I'd been seriously interested in it, but not at the price point of $299 at the time; so imagine my surprise when the same tablet (sans stylus and charging cables) was rereleased as the Shield Tablet K1 just 3 days ago. I returned my Galaxy Tab S and ordered the Shield Tablet K1.
Put simply, I believe it is by FAR the best tablet for under $200.
Display: While not *quite* as nice as the one on the Galaxy Tab S, it's nowhere NEAR bad. Accurate color representation, very bright.
Size: It's a bit thicker than some tablets might be - 9.3mm as opposed to the 6mm or so that a Samsung Galaxy Tab S is - but not at all unpleasant to hold.
Build quality: I believe this is, aside from using last year's specs, this is where the bulk of the money was saved. The build quality is not quite as nice as, say, the Galaxy Tab S or a Sony Xperia tablet, but it's put together well and perfectly serviceable.
Features: Aside from wireless charging, pretty much anything anyone could need - mini-HDMI, micro-USB, 3.5mm jack, microSD slot, and so on, not to mention BT, wireless connectivity, etc.
Sound: Maybe not the best out there, but in my opinion close to it. Definitely better than the Kindle Fire HD8, Galaxy Tab S, etc.
This brings us to graphics. I've owned several tablets in the last few years - Nexus 7 (2013), Kindle Fire HDX 7", Kindle Fire HD 8, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, etc. *NONE* of them have operated as smoothly or as fast as the Shield K1. The CPU may not be the absolute fastest out there (quad-core 2.2GHz Cortex A15), but the 192-core (ONE HUNDRED NINETY TWO) Kepler GPU is better than ANYTHING out there in any similarly priced Android tablets, and it definitely shows in normal operation. Having used many iDevices in the past (iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, etc.) I'd somewhat resigned myself to experiencing little 'hitches' in performance and transitions in the Android devices I've owned - things I never experienced in the iDevices I've used. Well, the Shield K1 has changed my opinion - I have yet to have it stumble on anything, whether graphics-intensive games, basic games, movies, music, etc.
Simply put, in my opinion, given the decent CPU, the PHENOMENAL GPU, and the mix of features (BTW - Marshmallow is confirmed for this device), it is THE best sub-$200 Android tablet out there, bar none. Unless slim form factor is a huge deal for you or you're a die-hard iFan, buy this tablet if want a good Android tablet. You will not be disappointed.
This is a solid tablet and performer. I does suffer some issues after the Android 6.0 upgrade. I believe those will be fixed as more people use it. It comes with nothing but the tablet and a small help pamphlet. No stylus(it does work with this) and no power cord and charger. It was a cost cutting move and its just fine by me. Android 6.0 has a new feature that allows you to choose what to do with the micro sd card you plug in(this will take up to 128gb card). You can either keep it as it always has been, removable memory or you can have Android integrate it into the system memory. When you integrate it, it acts just like the system memory and will store apps, photos, music on it no differently.
This was an Amazon purchase, my girlfriend bought it for me(with my money of course), so it will not show as a verified purchase.
I was in the market for a Android tablet. I had just gotten rid of a Windows Tablet, a Lenovo 8in. It was a fantastic tablet, but windows in anything smaller than a 10 inch screen is just too much. So I started the hunt for an 8 inch tablet. A size I have grown to love for the portability and convenience. I wanted something with some kick. I have know about the K1 for a while, and I knew this was a redesign of the original. I was also eyeballing the Asus Zenpad 8s with the 4GB of memory. In the end, the tightwad in me won and i ordered this product.
First of all, I knew what i was getting. I was getting a tablet that comes with nothing to conserve money. I was okay with this. I have half a billion micro usb cables laying around the house and a couple of Anker Power port chargers(good good stuff) so no big deal. I went in being a fully informed consumer.
When i received it in the mail a couple of days later, thanks to prime, I opened it up and was delighted to see that it looks better in person than it does on here. A big slab of monolithic black with shiny screen wrapped in plastic. I pulled the tablet out and underneath was the only accessory that the tablet comes with. A tiny Shield Support Guide.
I removed the plastic and started it up with the power button on the side. I have read the reviews about how despised and hard to press and mushy the power button was. I thought it was fine. I want the power button to be hard to press, don't you? For those of you that this was just the most awful thing, i will have to go with operator error. The power button works, and it feels fine.
The tablet displayed the Nvidia logo upon start up and then took me right to the set up, which was painless. The hardest part was looking up my router password, but i am just lazy. So after sliding across my floor and stomping my feet on the ground, i pulled up the password on my phone and typed it into the tablet. Connected. Great. I started checking this thing out. The K1 was being buttery smooth. Chrome was pulling up the interwebs quite quickly. Everything was working great. It started up with about 50 percent battery life out of the box. So, not too shabby.
I had read during my research that the K1 had been upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, its Marshmallow, not Marshmellow as i have always thought and nobody has ever corrected me. I wanted this, as the K1 only came with Android 5.x.x. I messed around in the setting until i found the system update thingie and immediately pressed it. The K1 stated that, indeed, there was an update. I accepted the conditions of the update and let that bad boy pour into the k1, and i went to get something to eat. Because my mind was still on Marshmallows.
This is wear things went down a little bit. Now, mind you, Android 6.0 is pretty new, and not much else other than I think Nexus devices are running it. I could be wrong. The tablet ran great. But some of your apps you use may not work very well or at all. I had problems with several apps not wanting to work or to force close. I do not blame any body for this, Android 6.0 is just still too new. I believe it will improve over time.
Nvidia does give you a pretty much stock android experience. Except with some apps from them on the Shield, there is not much else. Thats the same before and after the upgrade.
I have not played a lot of games on it. I have Minecraft a try. It ran smooth as silk, no hick ups. It comes with Fallout Vaults and it also ran very well. I also have not tried its abilty to shadow play. I do have the right pc rig for it, but i have a stupid router and again to cheap to by anything else so that is untested. The things that do work good on it, work very well. Screen flips are smooth and responsive. It is highly customizable.
The Tablet itself is a fingerprint magnet. Even if you wash your hand, dry them, hold them over and blazing fire, dip them into rubbing alcohol and then wash them again, the tablet will pull every bit of oilyness it will find in your touch to its surface. Its inevitable. Buy a case and a screen protector.
I was a bit surprised by the Benchmarks that i have posted. It did not do much better than my Note 4. I was a little bit let down. The Note 4 does have an extra gig of system memory, but its also got a higher screen resolution it has to deal with. Quadrant said the Note 4 was better. 3D mark and Geek bench stated the K1 was better. I included the results. I dont know what the numbers mean, it could be pumpkin seeds eaten, i dont know. I just know some were higher than other. Make up you own mind.
I really really like this tablet, I dont love it yet. Maybe after more things get optimized for Android 6.0 then I will love it. Right now, its just like. I would buy it again.
p.s. one of the photos i included i edited my hands out of very quickly so dont think that there is anything wrong with the tablets. Just found my hands distracting
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