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First batch of NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet games revealed

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

NVIDIA is trying to make waves in the mobile gaming industry again by announcing the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet today. Although being an Android device, it has access to the entire treasury of Android games on Google Play Store and elsewhere, nothing says “high profile gaming device” than a portfolio made exclusively or at the very least optimized for this gaming tablet.

NVIDIA is announcing, as well as pre-announcing, a bunch of games that it says have been reworked to take full advantage of the Tegra K1 processor running in the SHIELD Tablet as well as add support for the SHIELD Controller, an optional accessory sold separately. Of these pioneers, Trine 2, originally a PC game, bears mentioning as the only one that is exclusively available for this new NVIDIA Tablet and nowhere else, even if it is actually up on Google Play Store instead of just on NVIDIA’s TegraZone listing. Of course, Half-Life 2 and Portal, which are also included in the list, are also NVIDIA exclusives, but they are also available on the older NVIDIA SHIELD, now called the SHIELD Portable, running on a Tegra 4 CPU.


War Thunder is an interesting member of the roster, as it is one that is available on multiple platforms, such as PC, PlayStation 4, OS X, and even Linux. This World War II-themed MMO combat game will be coming this Fall on Google Play Store, though it is not yet known whether it will be exclusive to NVIDIA as well. Other games that are also voyaging from plain Android into the SHIELD realm are Pure Chess, Rochard, Anomaly 2, Flyhunter, Origins, Dungeon Defenders Eternity, and Chuck’s Challenge 3D: Reloaded, all arriving July 29. A completely new game is the first person puzzle game The Talos Principle, also available on Steam, which will still be coming sometime in Fall.

Many of these games don’t exactly come for free. Trine 2, for example, costs $16.99, while both Portal and Half-Life 2 cost $9.99 each. Add that to the $299 and $59 price tags of the SHIELD Tablet and Controller, respectively, you pretty much have the makings of a gaming device that could rival the likes of the PS Vita, not just in gaming but in business model as well.


VIA toughens up with rugged Viega Android tablet

Posted by Tom July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The next tablet from chip maker VIA is the rough’n’ready rugged 10.1-inch VIA Viega – an IP65 certified water- and dust-proof tablet made for the outdoor life or the factory floor.

The vibration protection promises to keep it working after drops from six feet up and the shatter-resistant glass seals the deal.

So, what are you protecting? A pretty standard tablet that runs on a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor with Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The 10.1-inch display is 1280 x 800 pixels, it has 2 micro USB ports, micro HDMI, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS and optional 3G connectivity.

Battery life is at nine hours and VIA puts its money where its mouth is with a confident three year “longevity support”.

Via liliputing

NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet is the next step in Android/PC gaming

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

What if the NVIDIA SHIELD were different? The portable gaming device turned heads on launch, and continued to do so well into its lifespan, supporting PC gaming as well as Android. The latest iteration of SHIELD takes it one step further, bringing you a tablet and controller that work together, but aren’t joined at the hip.

The SHILED Tablet and SHIELD Controller are meant to work together, but also don’t have to. The tablet itself is a robust performer, running things with the NVIDIA K1 chipset, which has 192 GPU cores. The 8-inch display is full HD with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. Front-facing speakers house NVIDA’s Pure Sound technology and a dual bass reflex port. The 16 or 32GB internal storage is upgradable to 128GB via micro SD card, And two 5MP cameras will keep you shooting pics as well as on-screen enemies.

The tablet also has a stylus — and a good one at that. NVIDIA says theirs is the first GPU accelerated stylus, which will be great for artists. Blending colors and altering light sources are the name of the game here, and don’t worry about losing track of the stylus; like any good digital pen, it has a place in the tablet.


The controller is much like you find with the current SHIELD — responsive, stylish, and a pleasure to game with. NVIDIA is using WiFi to couple the controller with your tablet, which they say has two-times lower latency than Bluetooth. If you have a favorite controller, Bluetooth or wired, you can use that as well — it just won’t be as good as the controller NVIDIA has. Android enthusiasts will like that the controller has voice capabilities; just hold down the home button, and ask it to launch a game or perform a search!

Gaming remains the focus for NVIDIA and their SHIELD lineup, and the SHIELD Tablet is the best and brightest for this. The SHIELD Tablet is the first to offer Gamestream, which is the backbone of what NVIDIA accomplishes here. You can play PC or Android games, and stream (get it?) them to your TV. Perhaps better, you can join up to four controllers at once to play multi-player games with your SHIELD Tablet.


Of course, you’ll get access to SHIELD Hub, which is your jumping-off point for NVIDIA gaming. For those interested in sharing their gaming experience, NVIDIA is also allowing Twitch streaming. When you’re gaming on the tablet, the NVIDIA SHIELD cover lets you acheive the optimal screen angle — no matter what that is for you.

An 8-inch tablet with a blazing fast processor, WiFi or LTE, a stellar controller, groundbreaking stylus, Android and PC gaming, and the ability to both stream games to your TV and play with friends — what more could you want? How about a price-point that starts at $299, and a controller that sets you back $59? The SHIELD Tablet will be available later this year, but pre-orders are currently being accepted via the SHIELD page, Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, GameStop, Micro Center, NewEgg, Tiger Direct, Memory Express, NCIX, ThinkGeek, or Canada Computers.

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 iPad keyboard charges phones on the go

Posted by Tom July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

So many tablet keyboards, so few distinguishing features. That’s why when something novel pops up or with an extra function, it momentarily sticks its head above the competition.

The Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 keyboard for iPad also has a built in battery and micro USB slot for charging your phone while you get in some tablet time. Portable tablets are a nice idea but not too appealing as something extra to cart around. This kills two birds with one stone, so worth consideration.

Strangely, as it’s a iPad-specific product, the microUSB slot doesn’t work so well for charging iPhones – meaning an adapter is needed for Apple purists. Android smartphones are fine though. The keyboard’s out at US$99.

Via pocket-lint

HP will release three new Android tablets – the HP Slate 8 Plus, the Slate 10 Plus and HP 10 Plus models – which will be built by Chinese manufacturer Huawei but bear the HP branding.

The 8-inch HP Slate 8 Plus is a born-again Huawei MediaPad M1, which features a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, a 1.6GHz Hisilicon Kirin 910 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage and microSD expansion.

The standard model has 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. A 3G model will also be available.

The 10.1-inch HP 10 Plus tablet has a larger 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS display, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage and a 770mAh battery.

It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facer.

Finally, the HP Slate 10 Plus swaps in a HiSilicon quad-core processor, downs the RAM 1 GB and offers optional 4G LTE connectivity. The rear camera’s a 3MP shooter and it has a 0.3MP front cam, making it akin to the Huawei MediaPad 10 Link+.

They’ll be out in the coming months with mid-range pricing.

Via liliputing

overheat back

Just a few days ago, we let you know about an overheating problem in Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets. The overheating was causing a deformation on the rear cover of the device.

Now, Samsung has released an official statement on the problem. Hit the break for the official word.

Apparently, the deformation is only occuring on a limited amount of defective back covers. The statement also says it has nothing to do with the processor or material used for the back cover. (Of course this begs the question, then what the heck is causing the problem?) Check out the official statement below.

Contrary to certain media reports, the slight disfiguration that has formed on the rear surface of the Galaxy Tab S has been attributed to a limited number of defective back covers, which has no relation to the overheating of the application processor or the material used for the back cover. We would like to assure our customers that we have already resolved the issue. We ask affected customers to please contact their nearest Samsung Electronics customer service center.

Source: SamMobile

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HP to unveil the 3 new tablets with slightly confusing names

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Hewlett-Packard is set to add to an already loaded tablet market with three new products – the HP Slate 10 Plus, the HP Slate 8 Plus, and the HP 10 Plus. The three products already have official images, but have not been officially launched, this according to German tech site The devices may be launched within the next few weeks. Let’s take a closer look at how these new tablets stack up.

HP Slate 10 Plus

The first tablet is the HP Slate 10 Plus, and it carries the “Slate” branding that HP has chosen to push for its tablet products since they began selling them. The source blog claims that the devices are made by Chinese tech manufacturer Huawei, and that this specific model is identical to the Huawei MobilePad 10 Link +.

The tablet will have a 10.1-inch IPS screen with 1280×800 resolution powered by a quad-core HiSilicon Balong V9R1 processor running at 1.5Ghz. The device will reportedly have 1GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. The Slate 10 Plus will also have LTE connectivity, plus a 3MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. The device will reportedly be running a version of Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, although it remains to be seen if HP will have a tweaked version on board. Reported retail price is around USD$430.


HP Slate 8 Plus

The Slate 8 Plus is reportedly a virtual twin of the Huawei MediaPad M1, and replicates most of the Slate 10 Plus’s specs on an 8-inch IPS panel with 1280×800 resolution. It sports the same processor and features as its 10-inch sibling, only that the 8-inch version may not carry LTE-capability due to the 3G modem that is found in the device. Retail price is reportedly around USD$400.


HP 10 Plus

The third tablet is the HP 10 Plus, another 10-inch tablet which curiously does not carry the “Slate” branding. The HP 10 Plus is fully a “WiFi only” model, lacking mobile internet connectivity, but its other specs look more solid than the Slate 10 Plus.

The 10.1-inch IPS display has a 1920×1200 resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio. This is powered by a yet undetermined ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core chip that will reportedly deliver 1.0Ghz per core. There will be 2GB of RAM for this model, plus the standard 16GB for internal storage. The front-facing camera is 2MP and the main camera comes in at 5MP. It will also reportedly be running Android 4.4 Kitkat. The pricing for this WiFi-only tablet is around USD$320.


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Latest rumor suggests HTC has more tablets in the pipeline

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


We have seen the leaked information regarding the forthcoming Nexus tablet that appears to be produced by HTC. If you are interested in an HTC tablet, but not necessarily a Nexus device or the 8.9-inch screen size, you may be in luck. A new rumor indicates HTC has a 7-inch and a 12-inch tablet in the works, with the apparent codenames T7 and T12 respectively. No other information is available.

Do you think an HTC produced tablet, possibly running a tablet optimized version of HTC’s Sense interface, is something you would consider buying?

source: @evleaks (official site)

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Hisense Sero 7+ tablet takes one small step forward

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Hisense may have just unveiled a more or less decent entry-level Sero 8 tablet last month, but it seems the company is too much in love with its Sero 7 series to completely bury it in the past. Introducing the Hisene Sero 7+, the third or fourth sibling that looks a lot like last year’s Sero 7 LT except for a change of heart.

Hisense focuses on trying to fill its shelves in the US market with budget Android tablets, so the specs of the Sero 7 line shouldn’t really be much of a surprise. The Sero 7 LT was already the lowest of the low, to be brutally honest, when compared to the Sero 7 Pro, which, as you might imagine, carries a bit more weight. The Sero 7 LT sported a 7-inch 1024×600 screen, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage, and a Rockchip processor.

This time around, the Sero 7+ gets a bit of an upgrade, but still retains much of the low-budget specs of the older tablet, including the same low-res display. A Rockchip still makes up its beating heart, but now upgraded to a RK3168, a dual-core CPU running at 1.2 GHz. While RAM is still the same, internal storage has been doubled, now at 8 GB, plus a microSD slot for additional 32 GB of storage. There is now also a rear camera, though don’t expect quality shots, as it only reaches 2 megapixels. Understandably, there is no 3G connectivity here, with WiFi being the only Internet option.


Hisense hasn’t yet revealed the price of the Sero 7+, but the Sero 7 LT’s $79 tag last year might give a bit of an idea. That said, if you’re in the budget tablet market and have a few more bucks to spare, you might also try considering the Sero 8 as well, which will give you a 1280×800 HD screen, a quad-core 1.4 GHz CPU, and 16 GB of storage, of course for a higher $129 price.

VIA: Liliputing

overheat back

Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets offer some seriously nice displays, but it turns out the quality comes at a price.

According to Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru, the tablets’ processors heat up after heavy usage — which is not rare, however this heating up is causing a minor deformation of the rear cover. The above photo features a  Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with a damaged back.

It’s not known whether all of the Galaxy Tab S devices are having this issue, or even a majority of them — we’ll definitely keep you updated on this, as recalls may become a possibility if it becomes more than just a minor issue.

Are any of you seeing this on your new Tab S? Let us know in the comments.

Via: SamMobile
Source: Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru


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