Report: Shield tablet coming July 29 for $299


— 6:00 AM on July 21, 2014

Rumors of an Nvidia Shield tablet have been swirling for months, and the device may be imminent. Convincing-looking slides posted by Videocardz indicate that the 8" tablet will be available starting July 29. According to those slides, the device will have a 1920x1200 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, and a Tegra K1 SoC with quad cores clocked up to 2.2GHz. The base 16GB configuration will reportedly sell for $299. That variant will be limited to Wi-Fi, but the 32GB version apparently has built-in LTE connectivity. Asking price: $399.

Although the stickers are a little steep, the tablets seem pretty loaded. The leaked specs list an included stylus, a Micro SD slot that supports cards up to 128GB, and a Micro USB port that can operate in host and device mode. Other notable features include dual 5MP cameras, a Mini HDMI 1.4a output, and a 19.75-Wh battery rated for 10 hours of video playback. The body is reportedly 0.36" (9.2 mm) thick and 0.86 lbs (390 g).

Like the first Shield device, the tablet should be capable of streaming PC games from GeForce-equipped hosts. The touchscreen won't be ideal for those games, but Nvidia has apparently whipped up a wireless controller to complement the slate. The gamepad depicted in the leaked slides has dual analog sticks and triggers, a directional pad, and a boatload of buttons. It reportedly connects via Wi-Fi Direct and can be charged via Micro USB.

If the slides are legit, the controller will sell for $59. The presentation also shows a $39 Shield cover that can be used to prop up the tablet.

Although the aforementioned details are unconfirmed, Nvidia definitely has something up its sleeve. This countdown page says "the ultimate is coming" on July 22, the day Videocardz claims the Shield tablet will be introduced.

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