After a couple of leaks, Nvidia has announced the next-generation version of Shield TV with the Shield TV and Shield TV Pro.
Both models are powered by the new Tegra X1+ processor which should give up to 25% better performance than the previous model.
The new processor and improved performance have allowed Nvidia to offer Dolby Vision (for more vivid picture) and Dolby Atmos (for more immersive sound).
“These new models provide a big step up for SHIELD, which has consistently delivered groundbreaking innovations in the living room since its introduction five years ago,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the Consumer Business at NVIDIA. “They deliver unquestionably best-in-class entertainment, supported by Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision and our breakthroughs in using AI to improve video streaming playback.”
Another big feature that Nvidia is touting is AI upscaling, both devices will automatically use AI to update HD video to 4K resolution. This is similar to one Samsung is doing on its QLED 8K TVs.
The new Shield TV has a cylindrical design with 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with a microSD card slot, 802.11ac 2×2 MIMI Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, HDMI 2.0b port and a Gigabit Ethernet port.
The new Shield TV Pro retains the design of the Shield TV (2017) but now with 3GB of RAM and the same 16GB of storage as before. There are two USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 and CEC support.
“NVIDIA pushes the boundaries of how media and entertainment are consumed in the home,” said Shalini Govil-Pai, senior director of Product Management for Android TV, at Google. “By bringing together Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos with Android TV, users of the new SHIELD TV media players receive an unmatched experience that well represents our platform’s rich content and capabilities.”
The new Shield Remote is much larger than before and still has a microphone for voice search and Google Assitant commands. It has Bluetooth and an IR blaster, backlit buttons, uses two AAA batteries and a built-in remote locator that will let the remote chirp at you.
Both the Shield TV and Shield TV Pro are running Android 9 Pie with Nvidia’s Shield Experience. You can control your Shield TV using the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.