Nvidia has finally put the updated version of its Shield gaming tablet up for pre-order. If you liked the idea of buying the original, but were put off by the lack of internal storage space, then perhaps these new features will prompt you to take a second look at Nvidia’s unusual slate. To tempt you, Nvidia has added another 16GB of internal memory, taking the total to 32GB, and to please online gamers, there’s 4G LTE connectivity too.
The addition of 4G has seen AT&T sit up and take notice, prompting it to certify the Shield for use on its airwaves. The carrier will also offer a $100 credit on your bill should you activate a new Shield through its Bring Your Own Phone scheme. Three new games specially designed to be played on the Shield have also been announced. Look out for Beach Buggy Racing, BombSquad, and Broadsword: Age of Chivalry soon.
While all this is good news, Nvidia isn’t being overly generous. This latest version of the Shield comes with a $400 price tag, that’s $100 more than the standard model. In terms of value, $100 for 16GB of memory and 4G isn’t terrible, and it’s in-line with what some smartphone manufacturers charge simply to double the memory. However, it’s also expensive for an 8-inch, 1920 x 1200 tablet. However, the screen size doesn’t tell the whole story, and Nvidia’s powerful Tegra K1 chip is inside with 2GB of RAM, plus there’s compatibility with Nvidia’s wireless controller too.
You can pre-order the 32GB, 4G Nvidia Shield tablet right now, and it’s available in both the U.S. and in Europe. The new tablet should ship on September 30.