NVIDIA has announced two new products in its lineup of Android TV devices: NVIDIA SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro. Out of the two, the SHIELD TV is a portable and entry-level device, targeted at new customers, whereas, the SHIELD TV Pro is an update to the SHIELD TV media box.
The SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro, both share a lot of similarities. For starters, the products are powered by the Tegra X1+ chip (an upgrade to the Tegra X1 chip) with a 256 core NVIDIA GPU. The Tegra X1+ chip is an octa-core CPU manufactured on a 16nm process and built on the same Maxwell microarchitecture. NVIDIA says the new chipset offers up to a 25% bump in performance than its predecessor and also aids the devices with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for improved ultra-vivid imagery and immersive audio.
The SHIELD TV features a slim and stealthy design that blends it with the background to offer a seamless and distraction-free entertainment experience. On the other hand, the SHIELD TV Pro follows the same iconic and sleek design language as its predecessor. For connectivity, the SHIELD TV comes with Gigabit Ethernet and dual-band Wi-Fi to offer faster connectivity and the SHIELD TV Pro has two USB ports to allow users to run a Plex media server or high-capacity hard drives.
Talking about other specifications, the SHIELD TV comes with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage, compared to 3GB RAM and 16GB storage on the SHIELD TV Pro. The devices also come with microSD support and an ethernet port for connectivity.
Both the devices come bundled with an all-new remote control that is powered using two AAA batteries and features motion-activated backlit buttons, a built-in lost remote locator, and a mic for voice search. SHIELD offers access to over 500,000 movies and shows and more than 5,000 apps and games through Google Play. It comes with Google Assistant to allow users to access and control different features on the device with their voice. Furthermore, there’s also support for routines, which offers the ability to complete multiple tasks using a single command with Google Assistant.
Besides support for Google Assistant and Amazon Echo, the devices use an AI upscaler that allows users to view 720p (HD) and 1080p (Full HD) content in 4K resolution. NVIDIA says the SHIELD boasts the widest range of gaming content on a streaming media device that includes support for cloud gaming, local streaming, and advanced native game.
Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro: Pricing and Availability
The Shield TV starts $149 (with remote), whereas, the Shield TV Pro is priced at $199. Both the devices are now available in the US, Canada, and select European countries.