Do you want to own one of the most powerful Android gaming machines out in the market today? Your best option is to get the NVIDIA Shield. This portable gaming console which originally cost $249 is now priced at $199 and if that’s not enough to entice you to buy it there’s even a cool $25 Google Play credit added to the deal. This can be used to purchase Half-Life 2 and Portal which are exclusive titles for the device.
- Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- Display: 5-inch 1280×720 (294 PPI)
- Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4
- RAM: 2GB
- Internal Memory: 16GB
- Wireless: 802.11n 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
- Connectivity: Mini-HDMI output, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD storage slot, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
- Sensors: 3-axis gyro, 3-axis accelerometer
- Audio: Integrated stereo speakers with built-in microphone
If you love playing Android games then the NVIDIA Shield is probably the device for you. Its main strength is its hardware controller which makes playing first person shooter games quite easy. This isn’t the recommended device for playing games that mainly require touchscreen controls though. It’s controller basically looks like an Xbox controller which is one of the best controllers for gaming purposes.
One other great feature of this device is its 5-inch display with its 720p resolution. While we are already seeing a lot of devices with 1080p resolution out in the market, even in mid-range devices, a 720p resolution is still not bad.
Since this is a mobile device and you will want to play games on the go you’re probably wondering what its battery life is like. When playing a graphics intensive game you can get around 5-6 hours of battery life before needing a recharge. When just listening to music, watching videos, and occasional light gaming you can stretch this to 10-12 hours.
In terms of performance this device can handle any current Android game in the market today flawlessly. It has an AnTuTu benchmark score of almost 18000 which makes it at par with some of the high-end Android devices out in the market.
One great thing about this device is that its bootloader is unlocked. This means that gamers who also love to modify their devices will be able to easily do so with the Shield.
This device was originally priced at $299 then it dropped at $249. Now it’s already in the $199 price point which is already irresistible for any Android gamer.