It seemed like it was only yesterday when Nvidia was at CES 2017 in January and happily announced a new Shield Android TV. The new Shield TV Pro combines the best of the new Shield and the old Shield Pro. There are new features and a new design while it takes its size and storage cue from the old Pro version.
Nvidia's 500 GB model, which boasts to be the fastest in streaming high-quality content is definitely a huge leap from the 16 GB version. It allows users to host content and stream it to the device they want using the Plex media server. A microSD card is also available to provide users with improved storage.
Shield TV Pro uses the Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, which is supposed to be Nvidia's most advanced mobile processor. Tegra X1, driven by the powerful Maxwell architecture, has 256 GPU cores, multi-core 64-bit CPUs, 4K 60 frames per second video capabilities and is power efficient. With the super chip, the company assures users that the device is three times faster than its closest competitor.
Shield TV Pro can open Netflix, Spotify and Kodi applications. The Shield Hub grants users access to exclusive games. Speaking of games, owners of Nvidia GeForce GTX PCs can stream their games from their PC to the TV, with a 4K built-in Chromecast 4K Ultra at hand. True to its hi-tech looks, it also sports voice commands for users to open apps. The device even accepts commands like "show me movies directed by Quentin Tarantino."
The Shield TV Pro is set to get the Google Assistant and support for Samsung's SmartThings smart home platform. Previous generation devices will be getting Android 7.0. The Nvidia Shield Pro is now available for the price of 299 USD, complete with a bundled Shield remote and Shield controller.