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The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 is back and now costs only $199

The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 is back and now costs only $199


NVIDIA has brought back the SHIELD Tablet K1 by popular demand and will be selling it for a new low price of only $199. This tablet is a must buy for gamers because of its high-speed NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor which features an assembled 192-core NVIDIA Kepler architecture GPU. The power outperforms just about every other tablet on the market in GPU performance benchmarks despite its affordable offering. You’ll also get a crisp 8-inch display at full-HD resolution and dual front-firing speakers that provide incredible sound. With the near stock-android experience, owners will be at the front of the line to receive the latest updates from Google. NVIDIA has listed the Marshmallow update to be made available in the “coming months.”

The $199 tablet has Wi-Fi connectivity and includes 16GB of internal storage space which can be expanded to an additional 128GB via a built-in micro-SD card slot. NVIDIA also offers a wide range of accessories to go along with your tablet at an additional cost. Hurry before stock runs out!

Marshmallow 6.0

With the launch of the new Shield Tablet K1 and the swift move of the original Shield Tablet to end-of-life status, NVIDIA has stated that it commits to a Marshmallow update for both tablets. The new Shield Tablet K1 is of course launching with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, quite the same build that we see on the original, which really is unfortunate but feels a bit better knowing that Marshmallow is on the way.

The two tablets will be on slightly different paths though, it seems, as NVIDIA is saying the new Shield Tablet K1 will see Marshmallow “before the holidays” and the original Shield Tablet has no such time frame. That’s not quite as good as the new tablet shipping with Marshmallow out of the box, but it’s not far off.

Knowing that the original Shield Tablet is slated for an update is a bit of a relief for those who bought it and aren’t compelled to pick up the newer model just to get Android 6.0, and considering the hardware similarities between the two we wouldn’t expect the updates to be far apart.

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