NVIDIA SHIELD tablets recalled due to battery hazard

my nvidia shieldTypical! I decide to get a tablet (still not had chance to review it yet) and it could burst in to flames at any moment! Not cool NVIDIA, not cool – literally!

NVIDIA has announced that customers stop using the tablet and visit a customer page for details on how to return the faulty devices as soon as possible.

NVIDIA has announced a recall of its SHIELD tablets, sold between July 2014 and July 2015. NVIDIA has determined the battery in these tablets can overheat and pose a fire hazard.

NVIDIA are doing the decent thing though, to be fair to them, as all those who register and have a faulty tablet, will get a brand spanking new one. The company says this recall does not impact any other Nvidia products.

nvidia shield tabletThankfully, I guess, the recall applies only to tablets with a certain battery type. Once you’ve verified that you’re running the latest software, identify your unit’s battery type by following these instructions:

  • From the Home screen in Android, select the Apps icon
  • Select the Settings icon
  • Scroll down, select About tablet
  • Select Status
  • Under the “Battery” category, you’ll see Y01 or B01
  • If B01, your unit is NOT affected by this recall
  • If Y01, your unit needs to be replaced. Please select Y01 to launch the recall application on the device

NVIDIA SHIELD returnYup – mine is a Y01 so have chipped in my claim.

The process to claim your new NVIDIA SHIELD tablet is quick and painless so, credit to them.

It seems that my birthday present to myself will arrive once again.

SHIELD updated to 5.1.1

In other news, NVIDIA has released the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for their NVIDIA Shield Tablet, the software comes in the form of version 3.1.

updateThe Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update brings some new features to the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, these include stability and performance improvements as well as a range of bug fixes.

The update for the Shield Tablet is around 767MB in size and it has been released as an over the air update. The company also said there are some improvements to audio on the device included in the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update.

Anyone else with a Y01 battery?