A new version of the Shield tablet is up for grabs—sort of.
The new model features LTE connectivity and 32GB of built-in storage, and Nvidia started taking pre-orders for it this morning. The company is charging $399, which represents a $100 premium over the 16GB, Wi-Fi-only variant we reviewed last month.
The new device is "fully unlocked" and compatible with more than 70 wireless carriers across the globe—including AT&T, for which it's fully certified. Speaking of which, folks who sign up with AT&T can cancel out the $100 premium and effectively get the device for $299 (though, of course, they'll still have to pay a monthly fee for LTE access). Here are the details:
Additionally, AT&T customers can receive a $100 bill credit when they activate their SHIELD on qualifying plans at an AT&T store or by calling 866-662-4548. Customers can add the tablet to an existing Mobile Share® Value SM plan for just $10 per month. For more information on getting started and receiving bill credit visit www.att.com/byop.
According to Nvidia, pre-orders of the 32GB Shield tablet with LTE will start shipping on September 30.
In related news, Nvidia is teasing three Shield-optimized Android games that are coming "very soon." Those are Beach Buggy Racing, a sequel to Beach Buggy Blitz; BombSquad, an eight-player multiplayer title featuring mini-games "from capture the flag to hockey"; and Broadsword: Age of Chivalry, a medieval turn-based strategy game with 3D graphics. Nvidia's blog post has some screenshots and extra details about those games.