The Nvidia Shield TV is our favorite way of using Android TV, and rumors about a successor have swirled for weeks. Today, in the form of “Nvidia Shield TV Pro,” the predecessor broke cover on Amazon. Here’s what’s new.
It has yet to be announced officially, but this new Nvidia Shield TV Pro includes a lot of improvements over the previous generation, which also address a lot of complaints. Spotted on Amazon, all about the new product is confirmed by the listing.
With its green accent light, 2 USB ports on the rear, Ethernet, and HDMI to connect to a TV, the set-top box itself is essentially unchanged from the previous model. The biggest improvements to the hardware usually come from the remote control with this new generation.
The new Shield TV has a larger form factor that has more physical buttons and a triangular design rather than the super-slim, easily lost design of the previous generation. Google Assistant has a dedicated microphone button and a new button to launch Netflix.
Physical buttons for volume control, power, and play / pause are also available. A “lost remote locator” is also reported, but this may be related to software. This new remote also uses standard batteries rather than the battery “coin.”
In terms of specs, together with 3 GB of RAM, Nvidia Shield TV Pro uses an updated Tegra X1 + processor. There is still only 16 GB of storage, but with the USB ports and a flash drive, this is easily upgraded.
Perhaps the biggest upgrade, however, is Dolby Vision’s long-awaited launch aid. Nvidia has been celebrating HDR on the previous Shield, but users have been clamoring for support from Dolby Vision for quite a while now and we’re happy to see it finally here.