NVIDIA brings back SHIELD Tablet K1 but premium models miss out

NVIDIA has reintroduced its popular SHIELD tablet and named it the SHIELD Tablet K1. With the K1, not only has NVIDIA discarded the Stylus and LTE connectivity, but also slashed the pricing to just £149.99.

SHIELD Tablet K1 may not be good news for those who loved the Stylus-only version and the options that came with it, but it is perhaps the best gaming tablet that you can get your hands on for less than £150. However, you can still use your own stylus if you want to.

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While the original SHIELD Tablet came in 16GB, 32GB and LTE models, the revamped version comes in 16GB and will let you run it on Wi-Fi internet only. However, in terms of hardware, the tablet is as capable of meeting your gaming needs as its predecessor. The Tegra K1 processor stays, and so do 2GB of RAM and the Full HD display. The processor holds an impressive 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler™ GPU, so we won't really mind the fact that NVIDIA chose to continue with it.

If the lack of storage is putting you off, there's a MicroSD slot which will let you add up to 128GB of content. The tablet also holds a Micro-USB 2.0 slot to go with a Mini-HDMI output and a headset jack.

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Both front and rear cameras are 5MP each and the display will be able to play 4K Ultra-HD videos which is ideal for HD gaming. As far as performance is concerned, NVIDIA will upgrade the in-built Lollipop to Marshmallow next month so you will get a lot of new features to play with.

Pricing and Availability

Even though SHIELD Tablet K1 is priced at just £149.99, you won't get anything in the box apart from the tablet itself. Every little accessory starting with the battery charger is sold separately by NVIDIA.

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While you can use your usual phone charger to power its battery, you can buy a SHIELD World Charger for £17.99 if you need an exclusive one. The company is also selling a SHIELD DirectStylus 2 for £14.99, a SHIELD game Controller for £49.99 and a SHIELD Tablet K1 cover for £19.99.

The tablet is available for purchase as of now.

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