After stating that an LTE-enabled version of the Shield Tablet was in the works, Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) is making good on its word by commencing pre-orders for the device. In addition to LTE connectivity, Nvidia is doubling internal storage to 32 GB. The pre-order price of the gaming-focused tablet is at $399 in the US, which is $100 more than what the Wi-Fi only version retails for in the country.
Nvidia mentions that the Shield Tablet LTE is fully certified to run on AT&T’s data network, and is incentivising the tablet to AT&T customers by offering a $100 credit to all users activating the tablet on a new two-year contract. The tablet features LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 17, making it fully compatible with T-Mobile’s network as well. Meanwhile, HSPA+ bands for the US model include 1, 2, 4, 5. The tablet that will be making its way to Europe features LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 20 and HSPA+ bands 1, 2, 5, 8.
Other specs have thankfully remained the same, and include an 8-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display, 2 GB RAM, a 2.2 GHz Tegra K1 chipset which features a beastly 192 core GPU, 5 MP front and rear cameras, 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and a DirectStylus 2. There is also a microSD card slot that can accommodate 128 GB memory cards. The tablet comes with a 19.75 Wh battery that Nvidia claims is good for 10 hours of video playback.
Along with the announcement of the tablet, Nvidia has stated that three additional titles — Beach Buggy Racing, BombSquad and Broadsword — have been optimized to take advantage of the GPU on the Tegra K1, bringing the total number of Tegra K1-optimized titles to 12.
In the US, the Shield Tablet is available direct from Nvidia, and from a host of retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, GameStop, Micro Center, Newegg and Tiger Direct. European consumers can find out where to get the Shield Tablet LTE from the “Where to Buy” section on Nvidia’s site. All orders will begin shipping on September 30.