NVIDIA's new Defend Pill is rather like the previous one, however cheaper

NVIDIA's new Shield Tablet is just like the old one, but cheaper

NVIDIA’s first Defend pill was a tool that obtained virtually all the things proper: The eight-inch slate had a crisp show flanked by twin audio system, a surprisingly exact constructed-in stylus and a strong 192-core Kepler K1 processor. On the time, it was simply the most effective Android gaming gadget available on the market, and a reasonably darn good media pill in addition — however NVIDIA quietly put the Defend to pasture earlier this yr. Is the corporate getting ready to launch a brand new, extra highly effective Defend pill? Nope: It is placing the identical slate again available on the market, albeit with a decrease, $199 price ticket and fewer bells and whistles.

At a look, the brand new NVIDIA Defend Pill K1 is a lifeless ringer for its $299 predecessor, that includes an almost equivalent chassis with the identical ports, buttons and digital camera format. There have been a couple of tweaks: NVIDIA changed the shiny black lettering on the defend emblem with brushed metallic characters and the brand new pill’s audio system are coated with rubberized grip floor. In truth, the one actual distinction between the previous Defend pill and the brand new is what’s lacking.

Whenever you open the field for the NVIDIA Defend Pill K1, you are introduced with simply the pill and nothing else. No charger, no microUSB cable and no constructed-in stylus. NVIDIA advised us the exclusions have been a part of the corporate’s efforts to chop prices: most shoppers have already got a pill or telephone charger mendacity round the home. Leaving it out of the K1’s field permits them to slash a number of dollars from the whole worth. It isn’t a nasty transfer, nevertheless it might catch a number of unsuspecting shoppers off guard. What concerning the Stylus? NVIDIA says the brand new pill continues to be suitable with the ShieldDirect Stylus 2, nevertheless it’s now solely out there as an adjunct. I spent a while with the K1 and confirmed, it really works precisely because it does on the unique pill — however there is no longer a slot within the Defend’s chassis to carry the pen.

People who already personal a Defend pill have no cause to improve to the K1, however new consumers might want to have a look. It is greater than only a gaming system, it is a aggressive pill in its personal proper — and nonetheless lives as much as each phrase we wrote concerning the unique final yr. Properly, virtually each phrase: the K1 is out there solely in a single configuration: a WiFi mannequin with 16GB of inner storage (expandable to 128GB by way of MicroSD). When you want a slate with LTE, look elsewhere.