Battery Issues: Nvidia Shield K1

Image (c) Nvidia. Shield K1 Tablet and Controller

The Shield K1 is a great tablet, not too expensive and with great graphics what’s more out of the box it works great. Yes I did use the word great a lot in the last sentence. However, there is one major flaw… if you update to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)  the battery will drain even when you are doing nothing. For example there was 71% battery usage against a task called “Miscellaneous”, this is basically the task used to describe the difference between the expected battery drain of the various apps and what has happened.

My plan was to use this tablet (due to it’s nice graphics chipset) for some augmented reality work but the current problem renders it more or less useless.

I had the tablet for barely 48 hours when I made this fatal error. When the tablet was not being used it drained from about 90% to 5% in five hours. You can find out more about the problems here. Nvidia are clearly aware of it but I am shocked that they would release an update like this without full testing! Such serious battery drain is something which could easily have been uncovered with proper internal quality control.

A full review will follow, but I would suggest Nvidia fix this soon or it may not be too positive.

The moral of the story- DO NOT UPDATE THIS TABLET !


About Rod McCall

Rod McCall is a researcher in the field of human-computer interaction in areas such as augmented reality, mobile gaming in-car systems and virtual environments. He has a passing interest in economics after not being entirely convinced by the rubbish presented as fact during lectures on that particular subject while at uni.
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One Response to Battery Issues: Nvidia Shield K1

  1. Jafeth Lagos says:

    I just got mine and made the mistake of updating it. I searched for a fix and found one, kind of… You need to put your tablet in Airplane mode, and deactivate the options that keep the wireless alive. It worked for me most of the days, but I’ve had some days when the Miscellaneous app is killing my battery. Hope the fix is on the way

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