It’s been a pretty well-known secret that a new NVIDIA Shield is on the way, thanks to some code diving and a trip or two through the FCC and Bluetooth and Wifi regulatory organizations.
The big upgrade that most folks will care about probably is the inclusion of Dolby Vision, which is generally considered to be the better of the HDR standards. But it’s also proprietary and must be licensed, which is why we haven’t seen it on as many devices as you might think.
Other standout features gleaned from the Amazon listing include:
- A new NVIDIA Tegra X1+ processor that supposedly is 25 percent faster than the first generation.
- 3GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage.
- A pair of USB 3.0 ports for extra storage, or USB cameras or keyboards — whatever you want, really.
- The aforementioned Dolby Vision to go alongside Dolby Atmos for audio.
There’s also a new remote control, which blessedly will include motion-activated backlit butons and a lost-remote finder. (I’m still looking for one of my skinny first-gen remotes.) It’ll run on a pair of AAA batteries, which will be in the box. The remote also will feature infrared for better TV control, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. And it’ll have a microphone so you can fire up Google Assistant (or Amazon Alexa) whenever you want.)
That triangular shape, though? We’ll just have to see about that.
Also of note — though we’d maybe take this with a slight grain of salt — is that the Amazon listing notes an Oct. 28 release date alongside the $199 price.
The best Android TV box gets better
NVIDIA Shield has been the only Android TV box you should buy for years — and it’s about to get better. The internals are upgrade. It finally supports Dolby Vision. And it’s got an all-new remote control.
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