Nvidia has finally revealed the shipping date of its Shield Tablet 32GB in 4G LTE flavour and in case you pre-order one now, it should ship to you on September 30th for $399.99.
Nvidia charges $10 for US standard shipping and the tablet is eligible for Newegg prime. This comes a few days later than originally expected, as Scan in the UK had it listed to ship in early September. At least this time this is happening as Tegra Note 7 LTE was almost non-existent on the market, despite the announcement back at Mobile World Congress in February.
Shield Tablet 32GB 4G LTE offers a range of LTE bands including 2,4,5,7,17 (1900, 1700, 850, 2600, 700) and HSPA+: Bands 1,2,4,5 (2100, 1900, 1700, 850) in North America. In the rest of the world it supports LTE bands 1,3,7,20 (2100/1800/2600/800) and HSPA+: Bands 1,2,5,8 (2100/1900/850/900). Nvidia claims that in certain regions band 1 and voice support will be available. Nvidia claims that the LTE has capability to support more than 70 carriers around the world. It is certified on ATT's 4G LTE network and if you activate your SHIELD Tablet 32GB 4G LTE tablet on qualifying plans at an AT&T store you can get a $100 bill credit.
Accessories like the Nvidia Shield Tablet cover are also available and it is not cheap, as it sells for $39.99. The wireless controller sells for $59.99 and etailers such as Scan in the UK are offering a range of bundles where you can get the LTE version of the tablet, the cover stand, wireless controller and 5-metre HDMI M to mini C cable all for £374.98 including VAT. The plain Nvidia Shield 32GB LTE 4G sells for £299.99.
At the same time Nvidia shared more info about optimised games including Beach Buggy Racing, BombSquad and Broadsword. Beach Buggy Blitz is a sequel to Beach Buggy Racing, while BombSquad is a capture the flag to hockey multiplayer game that features nice explosions. Broadsword: Age of Chivalry is a turn-based strategy and it can be played in 4G or WiFi multiplayer mode.
Some reviewers have complained that you run out of storage on the 16GB version rather quickly, but any tablet with micro SD slot makes your life easier, as adding additional memory is cheap. The Shield tablet in 16GB WiFi and 32GB 4G LTE versions is available at shield.nvidia.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, GameStop, Micro Center, Newegg and Tiger Direct and at many top e-tailers in Europe.