We finally have official news about NVIDIA Shield with prices, dates and technical features. NVIDIA has published some more information on its blog, for all those who were anxious to know more about this project that seemed like it could take forever.
The price will be $350, something that was expected and, although it isn’t exactly cheap it doesn’t make Shield seem unreachable. Preorders can be made starting May 24 and NVIDIA says they’ll start shipping late June.
Once you have the Shield, this is what you’ll find inside. The processor is a beast called Tegra 4. It has 7 GPU nuclei, 4 CPU nuclei and 2 GB RAM. We have the command that looks like the Xbox’s and has the same buttons. The screen is touch, 5 inches and with 720p resolution.
The sound will come out of speakers centered in the grooves and are supposed to be better than the ones we have in today’s handheld devices. Connectivity will come with Wifi 802.11n 2X2 MIMO and the OS will be Android Jelly Bean without any customizing layers. Then we have 16GB internal memory, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, mini-HDMI output, micro USB port, MicroSD card slot, a 3.5 jack and all in a weight of 579 grams.
So, for now we only have dates and prices for the United States and Canada. There still isn’t any information about its availability in Europe or other places so we’ll see what NVIDIA states. We’ll have to try and see how it provides but it looks like it’s a lot of power compared to the quality of games that are now on Android. This will only skyrocket if there are good games and for now, developers prefer focusing on iOS and then on Android.