NVIDIA has finally put the LTE SHIELD Tablet up for pre-order. When the tablet first came out we were impressed with it, but there were questions about it too. Most notably, we didn’t know when the LTE version was going to be released into the wild. Today we found out. NVIDIA has it up on their website for pre-order and it will begin shipping on September 30. Some retailers should have it on that date as well.
The LTE version of the SHIELD Tablet is pretty much identical to the WiFi version, with the addition of an LTE compatible cellular radio. The internal storage has been increased from 16GB to 32GB as well. That’s a welcome addition. You also still have a micro SD card slot so you can expand the storage if 32GB isn’t enough for your gaming needs.
NVIDIA is also dropping some new games on us to coincide with the release of the new LTE SHIELD Tablet. Three games, to be exact: Broadsword, Beach Buggy Racing, and Bombsquad. Broadsword looks like your typical MMORPG. Beach Buggy Racing is just what it sounds like: racing, on the beach, in a buggy. You can play multiplayer mode with friends that are on the same local connection as you with that one. Bombsquad is another local multiplayer game featuring capture-the-flag and other party-type mini-games. All three of those should be up on the Google Play Store if you want to give them a shot on your WiFi SHIELD Tablet.
The LTE variant of the tablet supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17, and 20. It’s certified on AT&T in the US, and it should work just fine on T-Mobile as well. The device comes SIM-unlocked so you can pop your SIM card in it and use it wherever you like. It also supports HSPA+ bands 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8. AT&T is even offering a $100 bill credit if you activate your LTE SHIELD Tablet on their network with a new two-year contract. Of course, if you just prefer WiFi, then you can go ahead and grab one from Amazon right now.