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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
image via droid-life.com

“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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Supposed AnTuTu benchmark listing for the Google Nexus 9 surfaces

So here we are on the cusp of September – and you good folks know what the so-called “’Ber months” signify – the year-end retail season is nearly upon us. It should come as little surprise, therefore, that the tech manufacturers are revving up to introduce their new products for this most crucial of seasons. Google is just one of them – we’ve just heard that an alleged AnTuTu benchmark listing for the rumored Nexus 9 tablet, pointing to an LTE version, has just appeared. Read on to uncover this latest rumor!

Google Nexus 9 Android tablet PC at AnTuTu benchmark
image via tktechnews.com

This thing could be super speedy

If you’re not in the know, AnTuTu is one of the most popular benchmark tools – an app that users can run to test their devices’ CPUs, GPUs and other key hardware components. (It’s considered one of the better tools because it allows users to customize the tests that can be run.)

According to our source, the purported Nexus 9 excelled at the AnTuTu benchmark, its tester having posted a score of 45,923 – according to AnTuTu’s rating system, this level of performance ranks as “Amazing”.

Further, this supposed Nexus 9 is supposedly packing heat. Our source also says that the tablet is running on an Nvidia Tegra K1 Denver processor, a 64-bit chip (and thus optimized for the next generation of Android, “Android L”, which will feature 64-bit support). The screen will most probably have a display resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (“Quad HD”).

Other interesting stuff – the benchmark results also include an IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) number, which accompanies devices that connect to cellular networks. Also, the device is speculated to have LTE – not a surprise there given that its existing Nexus tablets have LTE connectivity.

When does it drop?

Rumor has it that the Google Nexus 9 will be available for purchase on October 31. If so, this could make for a quite a cool Halloween for those of you interested in picking up a new tablet for the holiday season. We can’t offer you folks any details about pricing just yet, but we’re sure that we’ll get updates in that department soon enough – it’s nearly September, after all.

source [TK Tech News]

via [NDTV Gadgets]

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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]


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Incoming: 50,000 white Xiaomi Mi Pad tablets to be up for grabs in China on July 1

It’s been known for a little while now that white-hot tech firm Xiaomi is on the verge of debuting its Mi Pad tablet in China – on July 1, to be exact. A couple more interesting details have leaked regarding the eagerly awaited device: we’ve learned that just 50,000 units are to be made available to the general public, and that, strangely enough, only the white version will be up for grabs when it drops.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Android tablet PC
Just white this time though. (image via TheVerge.com)

Mi Pad: A Retina iPad mini for less

The Mi Pad is very much in the vein of the products Xiaomi’s become famous for, like its smartphones, which are performance standouts despite their reasonable prices. When it becomes available, the slate will be one of the first tablets in the world to sport the NVIDIA quad core ARM Cortex-A15 processor – with 192-core graphics, and as such may be able to boast a level of performance that other top-end tablets may be hard-pressed to match. Its Nvidia Tegra K1, the most powerful CPU currently used in any Android tablet, will certainly help it in that department, and its 7.9-inch Retina-quality display will doubtlessly wow users.

Other specs of note include an 8 MP main camera and a 5 MP front cam, a powerful 6700 mAh battery and Bluetooth 4.0.

You snooze, you lose!

Not to mince words, friends, but if you’re not in China and you’re hankering for the Xiaomi Mi Pad, you’re out of luck. Even though Xiaomi has already begun to offer its smartphones elsewhere in Asia, and will enter the U.S. market in 2015, there is, as of this writing, no conclusive info as to whether the Mi Pad will be sold elsewhere, much less when.

If you or someone you know is in China, though, better be ready: given how rapidly Xiaomi’s other products have been snapped up during their own introduction (and given the paltry number of Mi Pad units that will be sold – just 50,000!), be ready to drop the equivalent of US $240 on a Mi Pad on July 1. Otherwise, better keep your eyes peeled for announcements regarding future sales (and you know we’ll be one of the first to tell you all about them!).

source [ Tablet News ]

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