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After several leaks over the past few weeks, NVIDIA today officially announced the next generation SHIELD TV hardware. NVIDIA revealed two new SHIELD models — SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro. Both the devices are powered by Tegra X1+ processor offering 25 percent more performance than its predecessor. They also support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for great video and audio experience. NVIDIA also mentioned that these new SHIELD TVs will use AI to upscale HD video streams into 4K resolution.
The design of SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro are totally different. The SHIELD TV has a slim, cylindrical design featuring Gigabit Ethernet and dual-band Wi-Fi while the SHIELD TV Pro design looks similar to the previous generation’s sleek design and comes with additional memory and storage, plus two USB ports for running a Plex Media Server and connecting USB devices.
Both the devices now come with a new remote control that features motion-activated backlit buttons, a built-in lost remote locator and a mic for voice search. Like the previous generation, the new gen SHIELD TVs are powered by Android TV platform with native support for Google Assistant.
SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro are available now in the U.S., Canada and select European countries. SHIELD TV will cost $149 while the SHIELD TV Pro will cost $199.