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Nvidia outs HTC Nexus 9

OK, so we’ve been filling you in on all of the online buzz regarding the purported Nexus 9, a supposed next-generation ‘reference tablet’ from Google by way of its partner HTC. Up to this point, though, despite the fact that many of the rumors were rather convincing, we hadn’t had any formal confirmation from anyone regarding the unit. Well, today’s the day! Head down to learn more about Nvidia little ‘slip of the tongue’.

Way to go, Nvidia

You folks may have heard that Nvidia is squabbling with Qualcomm and Samsung over its GPU technology patents. In a nutshell, NVIDIA’s alleging that an array of Samsung devices – the Note 4 and 3, S5 and S4, Note Pro, Tab S and Note Edge among them – all of which use certain of Samsung’s Exynos processors or some of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, violate seven different patents of Nvidia’s.

In the course of the case, a document was generated by Nvidia and/or its legal team that confirms the existence of the Nexus 9. The leak is all of one sentence, but it really does seem to confirm the device’s existence. But not only that, it also confirms rumors that the Nexus 9 will come with the Tegra K1 mobile processor. Here’s the sentence of interest:

Nvidia's legal document reveals Google and HTC's Nexus 9
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“The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.”

Even more interestingly, we also hear that the initial reference to the Nexus 9 has been edited out from the paperwork itself. But the damage has been done, and the cat’s out of the bag: a range of technology media outlets has saved the original file and posted screenshots for visitors to see and enjoy.

What else can we expect?

The Nexus 9 is expected to showcase the best Google and HTC can muster – the competition, after all, is formidable. As such, the Nexus 9’s screen will have to be a killer, and we hear that it’s going to come with a 2560 x 1600 display. In a nod to the whole metal-is-better thing, we also hear that it’ll be made of aluminum. Last (but most assuredly not the least) the Nexus 9 will most probably ship with “Android L”, the upcoming version of Google’s ultra-popular mobile OS.

Plenty of stuff to look forward to – and it’s great that we now know that the HTC Nexus 9 really is on the way! (And if you’re wondering when it might drop, remember last year, when KitKat and the Nexus 5 were revealed on Halloween? If Google runs true to form, we may only have a couple more weeks to wait before this year’s big reveal.)

source [Bright Side of News]

via [Droid Life]

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Nvidia Shield Tablet hits the shelves

Last week, we heard a rumor that Nvidia was planning to launch the newest product in its arsenal of Android gaming devices, the Shield Tablet, soon. Well, today, actually. And true enough, it is now available for purchase.

What do you get with Nvidia’s Shield Tablet?

In a nutshell, you get a huge amount of awesomeness. Or on paper, at least. Its 8-inch full HD display can provide a pixel count that’s ideal for gaming with its 1920 x 1200 resolution. Responsible for this is its almost absurdly overpowered 2.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 ARM Cortex-A15 quad core processor (192 core Kepler GPU) coupled with 2 GB of RAM. Other features include WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, GPS and GLONASS, mini-HDMI output, a micro USB 2.0 port, a microSD card slot, two 5 MP HDR-capable cameras front and back, a 19.75 Whr battery, and an Android KitKat operating system. Did we mention that this comes with a stylus?

As expected, Nvidia’s Shield Tablet comes with a number of features designed specifically for gaming, including compatibility with the Shield wireless controller, GameStream (streaming games from your PC), ShadowPlay (screen recording), GRID Cloud Gaming Beta, Console Mode, and Gamepad Mapper. If you want to see some of this baby’s features, we suggest you press play on the video below.

Sign me up! But how much is it?

Nvidia’s product page indicates that only the 16 GB WiFi-only version will be available initially, and it will set you back US $299. The 32 GB version with WiFi and LTE is listed at US $399, and will likely be available later this year. You can also grab some optional accessories for this, including the Shield controller (which is listed at US $59.99 and looks a lot like an Xbox controller), a tablet cover, AC adapter, and stylus.

So, what do you think? We’d like to point out that this is the first ever slate to feature Nvidia’s brand spanking new Tegra K1 and initial reviews are good. Most of the complaints are directed toward battery life and its somewhat chunky build despite its relatively small size, but most of the reviews agree that at $300, the Shield Tablet is quite a steal.

via [Liliputing]

source [NVIDIA SHIELD]

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Revealed: Rumored press materials for the new Nvidia Shield Tablet

Tablet fanatics worth their salt nowadays have been keeping abreast of the rumor that Nvidia is crafting the Shield Tablet to replace its handheld Android device, the original Shield. Well, we’ve just received word of a few purported press materials for this new tablet. Join us as we take a gander at them.

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Gaming Tablet PC
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Shield Tablet: Two versions to drop soon?

OK, first things first: the new Nvidia Shield will supposedly drop on July 29 in the U.S. and Canada, August 14 in Europe and Fall 2014 for the rest of the world –  about a week from this writing for you in the U.S. of A. That doesn’t give you plenty of time to save up for it, but whatever, right?

Secondly, the new Shield will purportedly come in not one but two retail versions. The first is a Wi-Fi tablet that will come with 16 GB of internal storage (US $299); the second will have twice the storage and LTE connectivity, and will cost US $399. Not enough for you? The Tablet is also supposedly going to feature a microSD slot that can support cards up to 128 GB.

We’re also hearing about accessories: covers that’ll function as stands and quick and fast ways to turn on and shut off the Shield units, and which cost buyers a hair under $40; and an extra controller that will cost $59. We hear that this controller will use the Wi-Fi Direct technology to link to the Shield Tablet or Shield. This, according to Nvidia, will serve to make the controller far more responsive by cutting lag significantly – according to the company, by a whopping half vis-à-vis Bluetooth.

Both models will purportedly be powered by a 2.2 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 chip and 192-core Kepler GPU, and sport an 8-inch IPS display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, front-facing speakers, front and rear cameras (5 MP each, we hear – a bit of a surprise given that rear or “main” cams are usually more powerful). The units will supposedly also come with two-stream Wireless-N and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, and Nvidia’s full range of gaming features.

What’s the damage?

Okay, our sources say that the Wi-Fi-only and 16 GB Nvidia Shield Tablet will go for $299, whereas the 32 GB model with LTE connectivity will cost $399.

Interested? You won’t have to hold your breath for too much longer, at least not if the rumored July 29 launch date is accurate. So, will you be taking the plunge?

source [ VideoCardz ]

via [ PCMag ]

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Tegra Note 7 LTE version at $299

Nvidia is bringing an update to its other Android device, and according to their post, it “comes with great connections.” Enter the Tegra Note 7 LTE.

Tegra Note 7 Tablet PC

Tegra Note 7 LTE: Specs and Features

Technically, Nvidia’s new baby has the same specs as the WiFi-only version. It has the same 7-inch HD IPS LCD screen with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. It also packs the same punch under the hood with a 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor with a 72-core GeForce graphics processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. The Tegra Note 7 LTE also features a VGA front camera, a 5 MP rear shooter, micro USB and micro HDMI ports, a microSD card slot (that can support up to 32 GB), and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It runs on an Android operating system and since this is Nvidia we’re talking about, their little slate now has Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Of course, what really sets it apart is its i500 LTE modem. According to Nvidia’s post:

Now, we’re added lightning-fast mobile data to the mix. Tegra NOTE 7 is available with LTE and HSPA+ mobile connectivity, and it can operate on popular carriers across the world. With cellular connectivity, consumers can now get access to the web, check out maps and play videos anywhere they go by purchasing a minimum data plan from many carriers.

Other Notes

According to the announcement, Nvidia and their partners are bringing the Tegra Note 7 LTE to select regions and further widening distribution to include Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine in the next few months. We’re not sure if they’re planning to bring the Tegra Note 7 to other countries, but at the moment, only 9 countries have Nvidia partners that handle distribution:

Country Partner
North America EVGA
UK Dixons
Western Europe EVGA, Gigabyte
Ukraine Gazer
Japan Zotac
Korea Gigabyte, Zotac
India XOLO
Brazil Gradiente
China Gigabyte, Homecare

Anyway, let’s hope they bring it to other regions soon. The Tegra Note 7 LTE will hit the shelves this month and will have a US $299 price tag. If you’re not too keen on shelling out 300 dollars on this slate, then maybe you should check out the WiFi-only version which retails for US $199.

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Nvidia Shield gets price cut, major software update

Nvidia, God bless them, is rolling out a major software update to its Android gaming console, the Nvidia Shield. And to celebrate the major software update, they’re going to offer the handheld for US $50 less.

Nvidia Shield Android Gaming Device

Nvidia Shield: Major software update and limited price cut

For those of you who haven’t heard about Nvidia’s Android handheld video game system, here’s what you’ve missed. The Shield looks like the love child of an Xbox 360 controller and a Nintendo DS. It packs a 5-inch display with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Under the hood, there’s a 1.9 Ghz Nvidia Tegra 4 Cortex-A15 quad-core processor coupled with a 72-core GeForce GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage space. It originally shipped out with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and had access to hundreds of games on Google Play and TegraZone.

So what’s new? First off, remote streaming support is coming in beta. This means that gamers will be able to stream games from their PCs – remotely. We’ll let the official announcement explain:

Since the launch of SHIELD, gamers have wanted to play their PC games outside the home. With the upcoming software release, we are making that a reality with remote streaming support – coming in beta. For complete remote access to your PC, we’ve built in wake-on-LAN support to allow gamers to remotely wake their PC from sleep mode and remote login support to let you log into a locked PC from SHIELD.

The update also includes Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support, so gamers who prefer playing their PC games with a keyboard and mouse can totally do so. You can pair your Nvidia Shield with your HDTV in Console Mode (a feature that was brought in a previous update) and then play with a keyboard and mouse.

The Nvidia Shield is also scheduled to have Google’s latest operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat.

New (Limited) Pricing and Update Availability

According to the announcement, the update will roll out on April 2. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up an Nvidia Shield yet, then this may be a good time to do so. It will retail for a discounted price of US $199 up until the end of April.

Does this mean that we won’t be seeing the Shield 2 in the near future? Well, perhaps. These further updates and improvements are a good sign that Nvidia’s going to keep improving their Android-powered handheld device.

via [ Nvidia Blog ]

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Toughpad 4K UT-MA6: Superman specs at a $7000 price tag

Remember the Toughpad 4K from around September of last year? Well, Panasonic’s come up with another version with mind-blowing specs and with an equally overwhelming price tag. It’s not exactly made with the consumer in mind instead it’s designed for industrial and enterprise users. Check it out below.

Panasonic Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 Windows 8 Tablet PC

Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 – Rugged, 4K, and Expensive

Let’s start with the 20-inch display. The IPS Alpha LCD screen has (possibly) more pixels than you can count, maxing out at a hefty 3840 x 2560 pixel resolution. That’s 230 pixels per inch if you were really counting at a 15:10 aspect ratio. It features a 3.3 GHz Intel Core i7-3687U vPro CPU (with Turbo Boost), a whopping 16 GB of RAM, and a 256 SSD. It also has an Nvidia Quadro K1000M graphics processor with 2 GB of dedicated memory (VRAM). Other features include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a USB 3.0 port, a SDXC card slot, a LAN port, a Mini DisplayPort, and HDMI out. It has 2 cameras, a 720p camera up front and a 5 MP shooter at the back. According to Panasonic, the Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 has a mere 2.5 hour battery life (3180 mAh); considering the size of it though, you’d probably be happier using it on your desk, near a wall socket. Surprisingly, the slate is just half an inch thick and weighs around 5.3 lbs.

Since this is from Panasonic’s Toughpad line, it features durability we normally expect from kids’ toys. They call this tablet PC ‘business-rugged’ and can withstand one foot drops at its softer areas – it can survive a 30-inch drop if your butterfingers drop it on its back. It ships with Windows 8.1 Pro – though you can opt for Windows 7 too if you want to shave a few dollars off the retail price. This baby also has an optional Touch Pen that “can interpret 2000 levels of pressure.”

Pricing and Availability

The Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 (performance edition) will be available in spring 2014 and will retail for US $6999. If that seems a little too much, you can opt for its relatively cheaper brother, the Toughpad 4K standard edition with an Intel Core i5 CPU and Nvidia GeForce 745M GPU. According to the press release, that version will hit the shelves in February and sell for US $5999. Check out the video below to see the standard edition in action.

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19 Most Memorable Tablets of 2013

The year’s almost up and we’re taking a look at 19 of the best tablets 2013 had to offer. It depends on who you ask, but many will tell you that 2013 is the year of the tablet. The best models of last year were upgraded to have sharper screens and zippier processors – a trend that is bound to continue in years to come. Of course, this hardware arms race benefits consumers, though we have to admit, the sheer numbers can be overwhelming at times. So we’ve sifted through the sea of slates to bring you the 25 most memorable tablets of 2013.

They’re incredible in their own little ways, be it hardware superiority, bargain basement price, or simply, bang for the buck. (They are in no particular order, because let’s face it, we’re not here to argue about which is better, etcetera, etcetera.) Continue reading 19 Most Memorable Tablets of 2013

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Nvidia Shield software updates: TV streaming and more

The Nvidia Shield has been around for some months now, but the chipmaker behind it is intent on improving its flagship Android gaming device. Its most recent software update includes a Console mode, which allows users to connect the device to a TV.

Nvidia Shield Android Gaming Device

TV streaming and other features – Nvidia Shield

In case this is the first you’ve heard of the Nvidia Shield (at which case, you may have stayed under that rock for too long), it’s a handheld gaming device that runs on Google Android. It packs Nvidia’s Tegra 4 Cortex-A15 quad core processor which clocks in a snappy 1.9 GHz. It looks a lot like an Xbox 360 controller, except with a clamshell design reminiscent of the Nintendo DS. Anyway, on to the software updates!

Button-mapping. Android games and apps are generally made to respond to gestures on the touchscreen. Of course, this isn’t exactly the preferred input of choice for the hardcore gamers and as such, Nvidia sought to improve gaming experience via button-mapping software. The result is pretty much what it says on the tin – the feature allows gamers to map out gestures and tilt-based commands to the device’s physical buttons. There’s a cursor option as well.

If you aren’t too keen on manually mapping out the buttons on every game you have, then don’t despair. The device will automatically download button maps for popular games. Or you can go to the community portal where other users share their button maps and you can download those from there.

TV streaming. Out of the box, the Nvidia Shield allows users to stream PC games – if your gaming rig has a supported Nvidia graphics card. With the software update, you can now stream PC games to the Shield, and then use an HDMI cable to connect the device to your TV. This effectively makes the device some sort of a controller and PC-TV go-between.

Additional Notes

We’re sure Nvidia won’t stop the updates there – or at least, we hope they won’t. The Nvidia Shield is a promising, if expensive, gaming device and we’d like to see where it’s going.

On a different note, if you’re not comfortable dropping US $299 on a Shield, then you may want to consider its much cheaper and more traditional brother, the Tegra Note 7. It is slightly less powerful than the Shield, but it still packs quite a mean left hook with a 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal memory. It’s cheaper at US $199 too.

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Tegra Note 7 – Nvidia’s new slate

Since the Nvidia Shield, the chipmaker has been busy exploring the tablet PC scene with a new mini slate called the Tegra Note 7. It was released about two weeks back (November 19) and well, while it sports a more tablet-y form factor than the Shield, it doesn’t stray far from gaming. Let’s check it out.

A Closer Look at the Tegra Note 7

Like the Shield, the Note 7 showcases Nvidia’s newest processor, the Tegra 4. It’s a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and it is clocked at 1.8 GHz. The chip comes with 72 GeForce GPUs so you can be sure that it can handle those demanding games. If you want crisp, sharp-as-knives graphics though, then you may find the 7-inch IPS LCD screen a little lacking since it only has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution (216 ppi). Other features include a 16 GB of internal storage, 1 GB of RAM, 2 cameras (a VGA front camera and an HDR 5 MP autofocus shooter rear camera), WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and microUSB and micro HDMI ports.

Sounds pretty standard, doesn’t it, especially since most tablet makers have updated their slate lines in time for this year’s holiday season. The Tegra Note 7 does have features that would perk you right up, including the DirectStylus, PureAudio, and the HDR rear-facing camera. If you like doodling, taking notes, writing, and/or drawing, then you’d probably love the DirectStylus. According to Nvidia, the technology is “three times more responsive.” See it in action in the demo video below.

Additional Notes

Like other tablets of its size, the Tegra Note 7 is relatively slim and light, tipping the scales at only 320 g (0.7 lb) and measuring at 119 x 199 x 94 mm (4.68 x 7.83 x 0.37 in). It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and it retails for US $199.

You might be wondering why you’re seeing different brands attached to the Tegra Note name – that’s because Nvidia partnered with several distributors to well, distribute the said tablet. Among the partners are ZOTAC, PNY, Gigabyte, Xolo, and EVGA. It has partnered with Hewlett-Packard too, but they’ve rebranded it into the HP Slate 7 Extreme, which explains much of the déjà vu on my part.

We’ve seen a lot of tablets with styluses, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note line and Dell’s recently released Venue slates. Is it a trend? Well, it seems more than that – manufacturers seem to have realized that there is a market for note-taking capabilities, and it’s not just for Windows 8 but for Android slates as well.

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Nvidia Shield: The Teardown

The Nvidia Shield, the gaming handheld-tablet PC hybrid, hit the shelves a few days back. It’s a one-of-a-kind device and naturally, people are bound to be curious about it and its inner workings. The tech experts of iFixit have opened one up to see how repairable it is.

Nvidia Shield Gaming Device-Tablet PC Hybrid
Image from iFixit.com

Tearing down an Nvidia Shield

Is this the first time you’ve heard of Nvidia’s new device? Here’s a briefer. It’s an Android gaming device tablet PC hybrid and it has a form factor that’s more gaming device than tablet. The Shield can be called a niche tablet geared toward hardcore gamers and handheld fans. It packs a 1.9 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 ARM Cortex A-15 processor coupled with a 72-core custom GeForce graphics unit, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. Its 5-inch display can output a 720p 1280 x 720 pixel resolution at 294 ppi. Additional features include Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, a microSD card slot for additional storage space, mini-HDMI and microUSB ports, among others.

Those components were all satisfactorily checked out in iFixit’s teardown with a few notable areas. First off, the Shield’s build is pretty sturdy, and the techs found that most of the components are modular – making it very easy to take apart to replace broken parts. The unit is powered by a 3-cell 7350 mAh lithium ion battery, which gives it more than enough juice for extended play time. Nvidia also threw in some very useful temp management components, including a fan, heat sinks, and an air intake.

The Verdict

Well, the iFixit techs gave the Nvidia Shield a repairability score of 6 out of 10, which is not bad at all considering that Microsoft’s Surface Pro got a measly 1. Is the Shield worth it? Well, it’s a new device and a niche one at that. Gamers would be able to appreciate its Xbox 360 controller-esque design and clamshell form factor, plus its solid specs under the hood, but other people who just want a typical tablet should look elsewhere.

This Shield is a strong device in the specs department and its US $299 price tag is relatively affordable compared to say, a premium Android tablet.

source: [ iFixit ]

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