When you are considering a new tablet meant for gaming, there are several things to take into account. Things like screen resolution and sound quality are two important factors. So are things like weight and battery life. The most important thing to consider, however, is how powerful is it? In terms of raw compute power, there are many high end tablets. But in terms of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) power, the list of very capable tablets is very short and often the graphics are still quite a bit lower quality than console counterparts.
This has all changed recently with Nvidia releasing the K1 mobile processor. This thing is a beast and absolutely slays all other tablets in terms of graphics prowess. In fact, the graphics are on par, if not exceeding, latest generation consoles. Crazy.
Of course, at the moment there is only a single tablet with the K1 processor and that is... the Nvidia Shield tablet.
Not only does the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet use the new Tegra K1 processor (quad core 2.2GHz) at its heart, it features a beautiful 8 inch display running at 1920x1200 (that's 283 pixels per inch), 16 gb of onboard storage (expandable to 128gb with optional microSD card), 2 gb of RAM and runs Android Kit Kat 4.4. It weighs 13.8 ounces and includes a stylus. NVIDIA also suggests that the battery life should run about 3 days.
The NVIDIA SHIELD is stunning in every way. The only drawback currently is that there aren't many games written specifically for the new chipset yet, leaving current owners yearning for more. That said, the games that do support the K1 such as Trine 2, look absoluely beautiful on the amazing piece of tech. And surely more will come. That is most definite.