Possible Next-Gen NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Drops by FCC

Thanks to the FCC, we have learned that NVIDIA is working on a new tablet (product number: P2290W), possibly a follow-up to the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Tablet K1. While many details remain confidential due to NVIDIA’s successful filing of the Request for Confidentiality slip, we have learned a few things by digging through the hundred plus page reports, available for all to see on the FCC website.

First, the dimensions of the tablet are 8.58″ (L), 4.84″ (W), 0.31″ (H), it weighs 350 grams, and it featured a 5,100mAh battery at the time of testing. Furthermore, it features dual-band WiFi connectivity, and also features a microUSB port; not USB Type-C. As you could probably guess, the tablet features Bluetooth LE connectivity, too. For specs, that’s all we know at this time, with no specifics being mentioned regarding display size, processor, or amount of RAM.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Receives Marshmallow, Updated Features in Upgrade 4.0 (Updated)

Upgrade 4.0 for the SHIELD Tablet from NVIDIA is rolling out to owners, bringing Android 6.0 Marshmallow with it. In late December, Marshmallow was made available for the SHIELD Tablet K1, and for whatever reason, NVIDIA had to hold off on making the update available for the SHIELD Tablet. In terms of the features made available through Upgrade 4.0, it is a very important update, as it contains Adoptable Storage, UI upgrades, and power consumption improvements.  (more…)

NVIDIA Gives “Sneak Peek” of Android 6.0 on SHIELD Tablet K1, Update Arriving This Month

NVIDIA plans to update its newest tablet, the SHIELD Tablet K1, to Android 6.0 Marshmallow this month. To celebrate that bit of news, they posted a “sneak peek” video today of the update running on that very tablet, which we have posted above.

In the update, along with all of the goodies Google added to Marshmallow (like Doze, Now on Tap, app permission controls, SD card as internal storage, etc.), NVIDIA is updating the camera app to better take advantage of the tablet’s processing power and loading up the latest Google Now Launcher.  (more…)

Games for NVIDIA SHIELD Devices Currently 50% Off Through Google Play

Probably thanks to the holidays, NVIDIA is listing a ton of great games at 50% off this week on Google Play, including DOOM 3 BFG Edition ($5) and the Half Life 2 episodes. Each of these games will require you to own a compatible device, which currently, is the SHIELD TV, SHIELD Tablet, and SHIELD Tablet K1. Additionally, you will need a SHIELD Controller to play.  (more…)

NVIDIA Falling Behind on Replacement SHIELD Tablet Shipments After Recall Affects Nearly 90K Owners

In late July, NVIDIA issued a recall for SHIELD Tablets purchased between July, 2014 and July, 2015. According to an email hitting the inbox of at least one purchaser that we know of, NVIDIA and the 3rd-party company who handles the replacement of affected tablets is struggling to meet the needs for a portion of the nearly 90,000 owners affected.  (more…)