The gaming tablet

The Nvidia Shield Tablet may be the most powerful portable device ever. It houses Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, which has a 192-core GPU. This means the K1 is -- on paper, at least -- has more GPU horsepower than the Xbox 360 or the PS3. We've yet to have a chance to benchmark the K1, so we can't yet confirm those claims definitively.

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Front speakers

Like the Tegra Note 7, the Shield Tablet features front-facing speakers.

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Dual cameras

Pictured here is the Shield Tablet's 5-megapixel front-facing camera. There's also a 5-megapixel shooter on the back.

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Connections

From left to right: headphone jack, Mini-HDMI, and Micro-USB. I believe the grille on the left is an air vent.

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From left to right: power button, volume rocker, microSD slot, and a SIM card slot for the LTE version of the tablet.

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Stand

The Nvidia-made stand/cover is available for $40/£25 (Australian pricing is as yet unavailable).

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A surprise

Some appear to appreciate styli on tablets. The Tegra Note included one, as will the Shield Tablet.

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The pen

Physically, the Shield Tablet's pen feels like a conventional stylus.

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The rear

Here is a good shot of the 5-megapixel rear camera.

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The Shield Tablet can act as an Android gaming console once hooked up to your television.

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Control

The $60/£50 controller for the Shield Tablet feels quite similar to the original Shield's controls, with a nearly identical layout.

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Lighter

Of course, the new controller feels a lot lighter than holding the original Shield portable.

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About right

The Shield Tablet's controller feels about as big as an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller.

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The back

The controller feels comfortable in my hands, but I was initially disappointed that the shoulder triggers didn't have as much resistance as those on the original Shield.

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Bumpers

The bumpers also felt a bit too "clicky," which in my brain translated to "cheap." I only spent a few seconds with it, though, so that impression could change.

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