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Prying Eyes: Unmasking the Nvidia Shield console

05 Aug 2013  | Elmie Gonzales

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Shield, Nvidia Corp.'s handheld game console, has created quite a stir when it was announced earlier this year at CES 2013. The company stated that Shield flawlessly plays both Android and PC titles. As a pure Android device, it gives access to any game on Google Play. As a wireless receiver and controller, it can stream games from a PC powered by Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs, accessing titles on its STEAM game library from anywhere in the home.

Shield combines the processing power of NVIDIA Tegra 4, breakthrough game-speed Wi-Fi technology and stunning HD video and audio built into a console-grade controller. It can be used to play on its own integrated screen, on a big screen or on the go.

Now that the gaming console has been formally launched to the public a few days ago, iFixit was quick to give it some much-anticipated teardown attention. Read on for an excerpt of that feature.

Nvidia Shield teardown

Figure 1: The Nvidia Shield game console.

Nvidia Shield specifications

  • Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 5-inch 1280x720 pixel Multi-Touch Retinal Quality display
  • 16GB Flash Memory with microSD slot
  • 2GB RAM
  • 802.11n 2x2 Mimo WiFi
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Android Jelly Bean operating system

Nvidia Shield battery

Figure 2: Shield has an exceptionally long battery life for a console.

Long battery life
We've heard rumours that the Shield has a crazy (mad)-long battery life. After some fussing, we're able to remove the three Sanyo battery cells that are responsible for the extended action.

The three-cell, 3.7 V, 7350 mAh, rechargeable lithium-ion battery's case is labelled 131907887.

There is a small circuit board connecting the three cells of the battery. Our best guess? A charging control circuit.

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