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NVIDIA Shield tablet software update 1.2.1 now available

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

NVIDIA is good about keeping its Android-powered tablet, the Shield, updated and performing well. This tablet is squarely aimed at gamers and is most notable for having a fancy controller accessory to control the games. NVIDIA has announced a new software update is now available for the tablet.

The new update brings the tablet to software version 1.2.1 and adds several new enhancements and bug fixes. The update improves WiFi performance on the 5GHz band. Better WiFi performance is something that we all want.

NVIDIA also added in performance optimizations for encrypted devices. The big fix in this update is a remedy for an intermittent charging issue that some users have encountered. The new update landed yesterday.

The last update came on September 30 and brought the device to software version 1.2. It added a lot of new features including improved touch performance and lots more. The new update can be downloaded by going to settings, about Shield, system updates.

SOURCE: NVIDIA

Cheap E-Fun Nextbook 2-in-1 Windows tablet with POGO keyboard

Posted by Tom October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The new Windows Nextbook tablet/notebook from E-Fun is looks to be a pretty affordable 2-in-1 options to consider.

The tablet has a 10.1-inch IPS display and attached to a foldable POGO keyboard for upright use.

It runs Windows 8.1 on a quad-core Intel Atom processor and comes with 32GB of storage, expandable via microSD to 64GB.

It’ll be out in November for the worth-a-look price of $179.

Via geeky-gadgets

Massive Nabi Big Tab HD tablet – the verdict

Posted by Tom October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

A while back we reported on the huge 20-inch Nabi Android tablet for children.

Over at SlashGear they’ve got hold of one to review, so how does this curiosity hold up?

In the review, the verdict seems to be the big, heavy tablet isn’t for portability.

The 1600 x 900 screen comes across as ok for kids but not knock-out in comparison to other tablets, but the viewing angle gets the thumbs up.

Despite some bugs, the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor holds up well and overall it’s slated as an interesting alternative to pocket-sized slates.

Via slashgear

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact now available for pre-order

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We’ve known about the compact tablet counterpart of Sony’s flagship Z3 line since last September, and we definitely like what was launched. With Sony’s stylish design and premium product aesthetics, it’s kinda hard to dislike the products they put out. But we have been waiting for Sony’s announcement on when we can get our hands on the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, and we’re glad to say that it has gone up for pre-order via the Sony online store.

There are only a few tablets out there that bring the “wow” factor out of us. Don’t get us wrong, there are a gazillion tablets out there to choose from depending on your budget, but really, only a few are worth spending that cash for in terms of hardware and features. Sony has promised that the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact would be one of those drop-dead gorgeous tablets with features and specs to boot.

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The tablet will feature a compact 8-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS display – not too big, not too small. Something tells us that Sony gets the size of the tablet bang on. It will be powered by a current gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with Adreno 330 graphics, a generous 3GB of RAM and up to 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD up to 128GB).

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One of the biggest draws to the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will probably be the ginormous 4500mAh battery capacity – promising almost all-day usage. The tablet also comes with IP65/68 waterproof rating, which means it can take up to 30 minutes of being submerged under 1.5 meters of fresh water. Lastly, the tablet will also feature the PS4 Remote Play support, for those who want to use the tablet for gaming.

Ok, we’ve built it up enough for you. We need to tell you that you need to pony up USD$499.99 for this baby, get it in either white or a handsome black finish. The tablet’s premium features do demand premium pricing. If you pre-order right now – via the source link – estimated ship date will be by November 2. Are you getting one of these? Hit us up at the comments section.

SOURCE: Sony Online Store

Google, Best Buy, HTC offers Nexus 9 pre-orders

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

You excited for the Nexus 9 yet? Google’s iPad killer was launched recently but will not be available until the early part of November. The Google Play Store has made the item part of their listings, although it is still noted as “coming soon”. All of us are going to have to wait ‘til November to get our hands on the tablet that has been branded as – “for movers and makers” – but there are pre-order options already.

Firstly, Google has it available at the Play Store, as mentioned already. There are three options when it comes to color for the tablet – “Sand”, “Indigo Black”, and “Lunar White”. You might also want to try pre-ordering via HTC, which is also selling the tablet directly – they are the ones who manufactured the tablet anyways.

Another option for you is Best Buy, which has also made the tablet available for pre-order. The tablet, as mentioned before here in the site, has no expansion storage options – and so you will have to be content with either 16GB or 32GB as internal storage options. Also, there accessories that have come on sale for pre-order via the Google Play Store. There is the Nexus 9 Cover for USD$39 and the Folio Keyboard for USD$129.

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We also wrote down in an earlier article that Amazon has also put the product up in its listings for pre-order. The Nexus 9 16GB will be available for USD$399 and the 32GB for USD$479. Are you going to pre-order? Let us know why or why not in the comments section.

VIA: SlashGear

Bay Trail boost for Acer Iconia One 7 Android tablet

Posted by Tom October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Acer’s Iconia One 7 range of Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ powered Android tablets will step aside for the new incarnations due to run on the faster Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail chips.

This is a leap from dual-core to quad-core for the tablets, which will be priced between $90-$140.

Elsewhere in the tablets, not much has changed – they’ll feature a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display. 1GB of RAM, 8GB-16GB storage and microSD expansion.

Via liliputing

Nexus 9 shows up in Vietnam, full pics and hands on

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Oh, nevermind that Google’s strapping new tablet – the Nexus 9 – is scheduled to launch today, leakers don’t have time for that (haha). The full package – complete with Google’s Nexus branding stamped on the back – just showed up in Vietnam and the guys at Tinhte.vn have been so cool as to give us a visual tour.

Specs for this spanking new tablet have been leaked and re-leaked to no end – but just the same we need to re-iterate that this bad boy will be using NVIDIA’s fastest Tegra K1 chip on it, pushing pixels to an 8.9-inch screen with 2048×1440 resolution. It will be running on Android Lollipop, which might be the reason that although the launch is said to be set for today – shipping is rumored to actually start in November, as Google is still finishing off final touches on Android 5.0 development.

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First things first on this beauty – the edges are relatively sharp on a tablet that is also the thinnest Google has ever put its Nexus stamp on. The Nexus 9 comes in at 0.8cm thick, although that might come to around 0.9 once you factor in the tapered edges and the main bulk of the tablet in the middle area. The back sports the undoubted Nexus logo in the middle and a smaller HTC logo below it. It’s also worth noting that there is no expansion slot for microSD on this tablet, so you’ll just have to be content with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. There’s a hands-on video below, but the copy with subs became unavailable at the last moment, so unless you understand Vietnamese, you will just have to enjoy this visually.

The last detail you might notice on the Nexus 9 is the bezel area up front. The side bezels are ok, but the top and bottom ones are quite large and if we may say so, un-sexy. Google will have to do some explaining here when the tablet finally launches, as that is a fair bit of bezel area right there. Nonetheless, the Nexus 9 is already available for pre-order via Amazon, if you want to check that out — USD$399 for the 16GB model and USD$479 for the 32GB one. It says that the item will ship by November 3. Enjoy some more pictures from Vietnam!

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SOURCE: Tinhte.vn

This is the HTC Nexus 9 for movers and makers

Posted by wicked October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The fated day has indeed arrived and Google has unleashed a flood of Android announcements that proves to the world that it is still at the top of its game. Leaked and speculated on time and again, Google is indeed finally giving Android lovers a newer tablet to desire. And indeed it is made by HTC, the manufacturer’s first tablet in a very long time. And indeed, as well, the Nexus 9 has turned out to be quite everything we have dreamed the next reference Android tablet would be.

If you loved HTC’s latest high-end products and design, then you will most likely love the Nexus 9. Front-facing speakers with BoomSound audio, a tinge of metal on the edges, and an overall premium quality build. If you’re in the market for an Android tablet, this would be it. Especially if you are sick of the often times obnoxious customizations that OEMs and carrier impose on their customers. The back of the tablet has that signature soft plastic Nexus texture that makes it easier to grip without resorting to cheap (faux leather) tricks.

If the outward appearance of the Nexus 9 seem a bit lackluster to some, under the hood you will find a raging beast. Well, even on its face you already see its power, with an 8.9-inch display that bears a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. The tablet is powered an NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver running at 2.3 GHz. Not only is this the most powerful mobile chip around, at least based on benchmarks, it is also one of the few 64-bit mobile CPUs in the consumer market today. RAM is at 2 GB, though we had hoped that Google and HTC would have provided just a bit more. Battery is a large 6,700 mAh, which is noted to last 30 days on WiFi and LTE standby, though only 8.5 to 9.5 hours of continuous usage. One area where the Nexus 9 might fall short of is in digital photography, with only an 8 megapixel f/2.4 AF rear camera with LED flash and a 1.6 megapixel f/2.4 on the front. Then again, rarely do tablets get used for serious photography anyway.

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Of course, that is only the raw hardware and only half the Nexus experience. The other half comes from the software, which in this case is the fresh, new, and still sweet Android 5.0, now revealed to be Lollipop. Though that deserves a treatment of its own, one of the new features of this latest Android version is support for 64-bit devices, which goes hand in hand with the Nexus 9′s Tegra K1 CPU. You’ve also got a cornucopia of features like Material Design, Android Runtime (ART) by default, better battery management, and so much more.

The HTC Nexus 9 will come in three back color options of black, white and gold, and two storage options of 16 GB and 32 GB. Sadly, no mention of the rumored microSD card expansion. The tablet will also have a folio keyboard cover as rumored, sold separately and revealed to magnetically latch on to the tablet. All that is left now is to wait for the October 17th start of pre-orders and, of course, the price tag that will go along with it.

Display: 8.9-inch QXGA 2048×1536 4:3 ratio
Processor: 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver @ 2.3 GHz
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 16 or 32 GB
Camera: 8 MP f/2.4 AF LED flash / 1.6 MP f/2.4
Audio: Dual front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers, Dual microphones, 3.5 mm audio jack
Battery: 6,700 mAh
Connectivity: Quad-band GSM, CDMA, Penta-band HSPA, LTE, WiFi 802.11ac 2×2 (MiMO), NFC, Bluetooth, Micros USB 2.0
Sensors: GPS, Ambient, Gyro, Accelerometer, Magnetometer

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SOURCE: Nexus 9

Lenovo and Motorola collaborating on new tablet

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Do the consumers really need another new tablet in the market? Well, based on the continuous rise of tablet sales and the emergence of new (and old) players on the scene, then the answer is a resounding yes. The latest OEMs planning to join the fray is a collaboration between Lenovo and their recently acquired company Motorola. The CEO from the Taiwanese tech company said that they are working on bringing a Motorola tablet sometime soon, but no details yet as to the specs and features.

A few years back, Motorola tried its hand with tablets with its Xyboard. But it’s either it was ahead of its time (it was the early days of Android devices on bigger screens) or it was just really a bad product because it never took off .The blame may not entirely be on the hardware, since it may also be the fault of Android, particularly the pre-Honeycomb era. Now the question is will Lenovo resurrect the Xyboard or just start from scratch.

The report from Yahoo Taiwan did not indicate which of the two companies will do the design and which one will actually produce the tablet. While Lenovo may be a big name to the rest of the world, in the US, it practically has no recall. That is why they need something like Motorola, already a big player in the market (well, at least smartphone-wise), to help penetrate this new territory (new for the Taiwanese OEM). To the rest of the world, it is reversed since Lenovo has the bigger name and Motorola may be a thing of the past.

Samsung was a fairly dominant player in both the smartphone and tablet market, but with its recent decline in sales and popularity, new players are trying to grab a piece of the pie. HTC also recently announced that it will be making tablets again with the help of Google, as they produce the upcoming Nexus 9. Let’s hope this “dual branded” effort between Lenovo and Motorola will be worth it.

VIA: SlashGear

Apple iPad Air 2 looks certain to have 2GB of RAM and an A8X processor

Posted by Tom October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Ahead of the Twitter-flooding Apple press conference, it seems pretty certain that the new iPad Air 2 will have 2GB of RAM and an Apple A8X processor, thanks to this leaked photo.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both run on an A8 chip – the A8X is the modified – and likely more powerful – version for the tablet.

It’s expected it will again slim down the bulk of tablets and will also offer NFC connectivity.

Find out tomorrow – place your bets now.

Via tablet-news