[Update 2: October 28th launch] New NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro pops up on Amazon with Dolby Vision and redesigned remote
The NVIDIA SHIELD TV is one of the best Android devices that has ever come to market and it’s not even a phone. The original device has received tremendous support from NVIDIA for over 4 years now. We’ve recently caught wind of new SHIELD TV devices in the pipeline and now an Amazon listing has let the cat out of the bag. This is our first look at the NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro.
The Amazon listing (now removed) gives us tons of details about the SHIELD TV Pro. This is the device that was codenamed “mdarcy.” Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra X1+ chip, it claims to be 25% faster than previous generations. This is the same chip found in the new Nintendo Switch. The older SHIELD TVs have started to feel a little sluggish, and this new Pro model should be a modest improvement. The SHIELD TV Pro also has AI-enhanced upscaling to go from HD to 4K.
Another new feature is Dolby Vision HDR, which is a step above HDR10. The special thing about Dolby Vision HDR is dynamic metadata. This metadata is essentially instructions for the TV display to make sure every scene is portrayed as accurately as possible. HDR10 only has “static” metadata, which covers the entire movie/TV show.
One thing that hasn’t been a beloved feature of the SHIELD TV is the remote. Thankfully, the SHIELD TV Pro has a brand new redesigned remote. It features a chunkier design and more buttons. There is a microphone for voice controls, motion-activated backlit buttons, an IR blaster for controlling TVs, Bluetooth, and a lost remote feature. It has buttons for power, menu, play, record, pause, forward, reverse, volume, voice commands, and direction pad. The remote takes 2 AAA batteries.
The SHIELD TV Pro has 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0 port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. Other specifications include 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and dual-band AC Wi-Fi. The device is SmartThings Hub-ready for your smart home as well. The Amazon page lists the price at $199 and it will be released on October 28th. We’re still waiting on another SHIELD TV codenamed “sif,” but what do you think about this new SHIELD TV?
We have reached out to NVIDIA for confirmation and will update the post if necessary.
First spotted by @androidtv_rumor on Twitter
Update 1: NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro briefly available at Best Buy for $199.99
The NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro is yet to be officially unveiled, but certain Best Buy locations in the US have already received stock. Customers have spotted the new streaming console on store shelves with a price tag of $199.99, which appears to be the final retail pricing of the product.
We can expect the product to be made official very soon. Meanwhile, you can try your luck by walking into a Best Buy near you.
Update 2: October 28th launch
10.28.19 👁️ pic.twitter.com/Np0LXKvoTx
— NVIDIA SHIELD (@NVIDIASHIELD) October 24, 2019
The NVIDIA SHIELD Twitter account shared a tweet that simply says “10.28.19” with an eye emoji. The tweet also includes a cryptic eye-like animation. With all the recent leaks and devices actually showing up in stores, it seems pretty safe to say this is the SHIELD TV Pro’s launch date.