Back by Popular Demand: Updated SHIELD Tablet K1, Now Available for $199

by Matt Wuebbling

Fans have asked for it, so we’re bringing back the ultimate tablet for gamers — at a great new price of $199. And, it’s just in time for the holidays.

SHIELD tablet K1 is a high-performance Android tablet that transforms into an amazing gaming machine with the SHIELD controller and top-rated games.

The tablet features a full HD 1080p, 8-inch display for stunning video, dual front-facing speakers for superb sound, and an optional tablet cover that doubles as a kickstand.

SHIELD tablet K1 comparison chart

Ultimate Performance

SHIELD tablet K1 delivers incredible graphics, powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which features a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler architecture GPU. The tablet outperforms other devices in its class and even those that are twice the price.

More Ways to Game

SHIELD offers the best games with the best graphics. A wide variety of Android games can be enjoyed natively on SHIELD tablet K1. From family games and indie hits to the most advanced Android titles — all with rich gameplay and intense multiplayer action.

Today, we’re also announcing that Need for Speed No Limits will be joining the stable of great games available on SHIELD tablet K1, such as Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Octodad: Dadliest Catch and Vainglory.

Gamers can also join our new cloud gaming service, GeForce NOW — free for the first three months — to connect to NVIDIA’s gaming supercomputers and enjoy unlimited streaming of over 60 popular PC games or buy newly released games from the online store. Following the trial period, GeForce NOW is only $7.99 per month.

This is gaming to take anywhere, even your living room. Use console mode to enjoy all your favorite games on your big screen TV.

Industry-Leading Updates

With SHIELD tablet K1, you’ll benefit from our commitment to have the latest and greatest software for your device, receiving over-the-air updates direct from NVIDIA.

The next one is coming soon as we anticipate Android 6.0 Marshmallow  to hit SHIELD tablet K1 in the coming months. That’ll make it one of the first tablets with Google’s newest operating system.

Pricing and Availability

SHIELD tablet K1 is the ultimate tablet for gamers. It includes Wi-Fi connectivity and 16GB storage with microSD support (up to 128GB) — all at $199.99. Optional SHIELD controller retails for $59.99, SHIELD tablet K1 cover retails for $39.99, SHIELD DirectStylus 2 retails for $19.99 and SHIELD world charger with international compatibility retails for $29.99.

SHIELD tablet K1 and its accessories are now available in the United States, Canada and select European countries. In the United States, SHIELD tablet K1 is available at, Amazon, and Newegg.

For more information, including a complete list of specs, visit

Processor NVIDIA Tegra K1 192-core Kepler GPU,
2.2 GHz Quad Core CPU, 2GB RAM
Display 8-inch 1920×1200 multi-touch IPS display
Audio Integrated stereo speakers with built-in microphone
Storage 16GB
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n 2×2 Mimo 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Connectivity Wi-Fi
Mini-HDMI 1.4a output
Micro-USB 2.0 with host and device support
MicroSD Card, up to additional 128GB
3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
Motion Sensors 9-axis (G-sensor, compass, gyro)
Audio Front-facing stereo speakers, dual bass reflex port
Gaming Features SHIELD controller compatible
GeForce NOW cloud gaming
Console Mode
NVIDIA ShadowPlay
Cameras Front: 5MP HDR; Back: 5MP auto focus HDR
Video Features 4K Ultra-HD Ready
Software Updates SHIELD software upgrades directly from NVIDIA
Battery 19.75 Watt hour Lithium ion
Weight and Size Weight: 13.7oz / 390g
Height: 8.8in / 221mm
Width: 5.0in / 126mm
Depth: 0.36in / 9.2mm
Operating System Android Lollipop OS
Software Google Play
NVIDIA Dabbler
Camera Awesome
Optional Accessories SHIELD tablet K1 cover
SHIELD controller
SHIELD world charger
SHIELD DirectStylus 2


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  • Jaime

    Hi Matt! Awesome post, awesome tablet and awesome price, I will be buying one tablet for me and one for my little brother.
    I have one question, which answer won’t change my mind but will be good to know. Is this K1 32-bits or 64-bits? Thank you!

  • Ezzy

    It’s 64-bit.

  • vidvox

    No it isnt. The quad core version of K1 is 32bit and the dual core K1 like in the Nexus 9 is 64bit, not that it really matters though.

  • Ed T.

    I was looking forward to this tablet. Its all that I expected. With one VERY critical exception. No LTE. Without this its a nosale here.

  • Michael B

    Looks very promising though even without LTE…we will wait for it,Nvidia.

  • Jaime

    That’s what I knew, but was somehow hoping for an updated quad-core K1. Anyway it’s an awesome tablet. Can’t wait to have it!

  • Cole Hyntermeister

    Have there been ANY signs of the previous issues with the shell of the tablet? It’s the ONLY thing that kept me from getting one before.

  • k9d

    Instabuy! Been waiting for this to be refreshed or re-released after trying every other 7-9″ tablet out there. So glad NVIDIA made it through the recall in a professional matter.

  • Edward H

    Where can we buy this in Canada?

  • ColdBurrito

    So… no sign of this thing in Canada. What gives? I want a tablet and if this doesn’t show up soon I’ll be buying a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

  • Jeff Strand (BelieveTheLie)

    Have the issues with the case cracking, WiFi, and backlight bleed been addressed? Please provide some detail on what you did to ensure the host of problems with the first shield don’t happen again in the refresh.