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Nvidia Shield Android-based gaming device goes on sale in US and Canada today

Nvidia Shield Android-based gaming device goes on sale in US and Canada today
Nvidia's much-anticipated Android-based Shield gaming device will go on sales in the US and Canada on Wednesday.

After a few delays and price-cuts, the portable gaming device from Nvidia finally sees the light of the day. Nvidia Shield was announced earlier this year at CES 2013 and was dubbed as 'Project Shield'.

Nvidia announced the device back in May with a price point of $349. However, almost a month after the announcement, the company slashed the price of the console to $299.

The Nvidia Shield is powered by a Tegra 4 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. Shield allows gamers to play games from Nvidia's TegraZone, Google Play and Valve's Steam. The handheld console sports a 5-inch multi-touch display with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels. However, the company claims that the portable console can play 4K videos. It also comes with 16GB of flash storage and runs Android Jelly Bean. The device also offers GPS support.

The portable device also plays movies and music, stores ebooks, and can be used to surf the Web.

Nvidia's Android-based gaming console was originally scheduled for a June 27 launch. However, Nvidia pulled the plug at the last minute. The company stated that it had discovered a "mechanical issue" in the Shield multimedia device and announced that it would be shipped in July.

Nvidia Shield technical specifications

ProcessorNvidia Tegra 4 Quad Core Mobile Processor with 2GB RAM
Display5 inch 1280x720 (294 ppi) Multi-Touch Retinal Quality Display
AudioIntegrated Stereo Speakers with Built-in Microphone
Storage16GB Flash Storage
Lid ColorSilver
Wireless802.11n 2x2 Mimo Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 3.0
GPS
ConnectivityMini-HDMI output
Micro-USB 2.0
MicroSD storage slot
3.5mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
Motion Sensors3 Axis Gyro
3 Axis Accelerometer
Input controlsDual analog joysticks
D-pad
Left/right analog triggers
Left/right bumpers
A/B/X/Y buttons
Volume control
Android Home and Back buttons
Start button
Nvidia power/multi-function button
Battery28.8 Watt Hours
Weight & Size579 grams
158mm (w) x 135mm (D) x 57mm (H)
Operating SystemAndroid Jelly Bean OS
SoftwareGoogle Play
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