NVIDIA presents the SHIELD TV Pro and the SHIELD TV stick
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NVIDIA has revealed two new products in its line of Android TV devices. The NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro It is an improvement of the popular SHIELD TV. This is joined by a more portable streaming device: the stick SHIELD TV.
What's new in NVIDIA SHIELD TV 2019
New processor Tegra X1 +
Both SHIELD TV ride the Tegra X1 + chip. This has a 256-core NVIDIA GPU. NVIDIA promises a yield increase of up to 25%. The new chipset is based on the same architecture as the previous generation. However, thanks to a size reduction, NVIDIA managed to get more performance.
The Tegra X1 + (model number t210b01) is manufactured by TSMC in a 16 nm process. It has an eight-core CPU consisting of 4 ARM Cortex-A57 cores and 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores. The GPU presents the Maxwell microarchitecture in a 16 16-core configuration.
The new SHIELD TV enhance image and audio quality with Dolby Vision and HDR10 / HDR10 +. During an informational session, NVIDIA was asked if it plans to take Dolby Vision support to older devices, but the company said it will not be able to do so due to technical limitations. Unfortunately, there is no VP9 Profile 2 support for HDR content on YouTube, since NVIDIA says the processor does not support it.
The new SHIELD now have decoding support suitable for Dolby 5.1 surround sound. That means we will have support for Atmos for Netflix. Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD and DTS-X They are also present in the new SHIELD.
Re-scaled by AI
Thanks to the improvement of SoC Tegra X1 +, NVIDIA uses artificial intelligence (AI) for real-time improvement of video and game content. NVIDIA enters a convolutional neural network (CNN) to predict the difference between the original high-resolution 4K reference videos and scale linear videos. Then, NVIDIA placed the model trained in the processor to accommodate any content that is 720p or 1080p (up to 30 fps) at a higher quality than is possible with traditional scaling (such as bilinear). For example, HD content can be expanded to a quality close to 4K.
We can preview how it looks in real time with a slider. If we don't like the result, we can disable it completely in the configuration. It works with the main video streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc. It also works with games. We can adjust the level of detail in this mode enhanced by AI between low, medium or high.
There is also a enhanced standard mode which is new in SHIELD TV 2019. It is an improved scale compared to the ?Basic? mode that is present in the 2017 model. It works on all video content, even content at up to 60 fps.
Android 9 Pie with Android TV
Both SHIELD TV products are designed with the latest version of Android TV. NVIDIA promises a home screen customizable and without advertising. Both have full support of Google Cast, he Google Assistant with custom routines and a range of music services, including the recently added Amazon Music. Both devices even work with the Amazon Alexa voice commands, as long as we have speakers or smart screens enabled for Alexa. Finally, when it is released Disney +, be on SHIELD TV with support Dolby Vision and Atmos.
SHIELD TV streaming stick
The new NVIDIA streaming stick is simply called TV SHIELD. The dongle has a port Gigabit Ethernet, in addition to HDMI with CEC, a MicroSD card slot and a power port.
SHIELD TV has 8 GB of internal storage, 2 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 LE. NVIDIA says the device has enough storage for ?50-70 streaming applications,? It leaves almost 5 GB of usable storage for applications installed by the user.
Is available for 149.99 dollars from today. It is available both online and in retail stores in United States, Canada and Europe.
SHIELD TV Pro
The SHIELD TV Pro has all the features mentioned above, but it has a more traditional decoder format.
In addition to all that, the Pro model has some improvements. RAM amps up to 3GB, the storage 16GB amp and there are two full-size USB 3.0 ports. We can use them to connect a SmartThings Link turning it into a home automation center. The SHIELD TV Pro also has Plex Media Server built-in and is compatible with the 1080p transcoding. You can easily record games, stream games to Twitch or play a lot of high-end titles from the AAA games catalog ported by NVIDIA, including Half-Life 2, Portal 2, Borderlands 2, Resident Evil 5, etc., exclusive to this model.
The SHIELD TV Pro offered for 199.99 dollars from today. Be available online as in retail stores in USA UU., Canada and Europe.
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