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Nvidia launches Tegra K1-powered Shield tablet, starting at $299      

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

Shield Tablet Family Controoler Portable NVIDIA Tegra K1

Following an exhaustive leak last week, Nvidia has today made official the new Shield tablet, an 8-inch device powered by the Tegra K1 processor, targeted primarily at gamers.

The Shield tablet follows the Shield handheld console, released at CES last year, and packs some of the same gaming features, including GameStream technology, which works with select Nvidia GPUs and, in limited beta, with Nvidia’s cloud streaming service.

The Shield features an 8-inch Full HD IPS LCD display and comes with a built-in stylus that works with Nvidia’s new DirectStylus 2 tech, which includes “a new capability where pigment and paint mix and bleed physically, in real time, and the palette is naturally illuminated in 3D as the user adjusts the light source.”


The Tegra K1 SoC features 192 Kepler-based GPU cores that support some desktop class graphics features, such as tessellation, and a quad-core Cortex A15 processor spinning at 2.2GHz, as well as 2GB of RAM. The device comes in two versions, one with Wi-Fi only and 16GB of built-in storage, and one with LTE and 32GB of storage. Both options feature an expansion card for up to 128GB of additional storage space.

NVIDIA Shield Tablet Tegra K1 GPU Benchmarks OpenGL ES 3.1

The dual front speakers with dual bass reflex enclosure should provide a rich soundtrack to your gaming exploits. Speaking of which, Nvidia boasts over 400 games that are optimized for the Shield at launch, though you will naturally be able to load up any app or game from the Play Store.

In addition to cloud streaming and local PC streaming, the Nvidia Shield features Console Mode, which turns the device into a console that gamers can connect to a TV and control with the optional Shield controller accessory.

The Nvidia Shield will become available for pre-order today and will begin shipping in North America on July 9, Europe on August 4, and in other regions this fall. The 16GB/Wi-Fi model will cost $299, while the 32GB/LTE model will go for $399. The optional Shield controller will retail for $59, and Nvidia is also offering a case with a built-in stand for $39.

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NVIDIA Launches World’s First Tablet Built for Gamers

SHIELD Family Expands as World’s Most Advanced Mobile Processor, 192-Core Tegra K1, Serves Up Unmatched Tablet Experience, Amazing Gaming

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — July 22, 2014 — NVIDIA today launched the newest members of the NVIDIA® SHIELDTM family — the SHIELD tablet and the SHIELD wireless controller.

Designed and built by NVIDIA, SHIELD Tablet is the ultimate tablet for gamers, delivering unparalleled gaming performance made possible by the world’s most powerful mobile processor, the NVIDIA Tegra® K1, and frequent software updates that bring new features and improved performance.

The SHIELD tablet is built for gaming, featuring a bright, 8-inch, full HD display, booming front- facing speakers with rich sound, and an optional cover that both protects the screen and can be used as a stand to support the device. To transform the tablet form factor into a serious gaming machine, NVIDIA has built the SHIELD wireless controller, which provides the precision, low latency and ergonomics that serious gamers demand.

The SHIELD tablet offers optional LTE for gamers to take their online gaming anywhere. And to ensure the device delivers the richest gaming experience, NVIDIA will provide regular, over-the- air software updates.

“If you’re a gamer and you use a tablet, the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet was created specifically for you,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer at NVIDIA. “The SHIELD tablet delivers unique gaming capabilities to keep even the most avid gamer deeply immersed, anywhere they play.”

As with the original member of the SHIELD family, the original SHIELD portable, the SHIELD tablet is the portal to compelling content that gamers will love, including over 400 SHIELD- optimized Android games, as well as the ability to wirelessly stream users’ PC gaming libraries.

The SHIELD tablet’s gaming capabilities are powered by its Tegra K1 mobile processor, with a 192-core GPU that taps into the same NVIDIA KeplerTM architecture that drives the most extreme gaming PCs.

String of World Firsts

The SHIELD tablet provides a range of firsts for a tablet:

  • PC Streaming: First to stream games from a PC desktop or notebook, from anywhere in the home – using NVIDIA GameStreamTM technology to stream from systems powered by an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 6xx series or greater GPU.
  • Cloud Streaming: First to stream PC games from the cloud. Gamers can access the NVIDIA GRIDTM cloud gaming beta, available exclusively to SHIELD owners in Northern California, to instantly stream a library of high-quality PC games, and then save them in the cloud.
  • Twitch and NVIDIA ShadowPlayTM: First to feature Twitch – the leading video platform and community for gamers – which is also integrated with ShadowPlay, an advanced game-capture tool that lets users save and stream their greatest gaming moments. Gamers can stream titles from the SHIELD tablet to friends and foes worldwide. SHIELD Tablet also includes a 5MP front camera to enhance the image of the gamer overlaid on the Twitch gamecast.
  • Console Mode: First to feature NVIDIA Console Mode, which takes your tablet gameplay to your big screen TV. Console Mode transforms the device into a full living-room gaming and entertainment experience. Gamers can set up their SHIELD wireless controller, sit back on their couch and play Android games, browse the web and watch their favorite movies — all in native 1080p HD.

Controller for Serious Gamers, with Ultra-Low Latency Wi-Fi

The SHIELD wireless controller is the most advanced device of its kind, allowing gamers to boost performance with ultra-low latency Wi-Fi Direct connectivity with up to four wireless controllers to game along with friends. It is the first precision controller designed for both PC gaming and Android, and features a gaming headset jack, built-in touch pad, volume control and revolutionary voice command and search.

Best Stylus

A stylus allows tablet experiences that touch-only tablets can’t match, and the NVIDIA DirectStylusTM 2 technology on the SHIELD tablet is a game-changer. Twice as responsive as its predecessor, DirectStylus 2 technology enables the first GPU-accelerated 3D painting experience, a new capability where pigment and paint mix and bleed physically, in real time, and the palette is naturally illuminated in 3D as the user adjusts the light source.

Aspiring artists can use DirectStylus 2 to capture the attitude of every stroke on the SHIELD tablet, take notes with the integrated apps and handwriting recognition, or get creative with the NVIDIA DabblerTM app’s hyper-realistic watercolor and 3D Paint oil painting.

Dynamic Sound

Ensuring that every game, song and podcast sounds incredibly crisp and clear, NVIDIA PureAudioTM technology delivers dynamic sound through front-facing stereo speakers and a dual-ported bass-reflex enclosure.

Versatile Cover

The sturdy, optional SHIELD tablet cover does more than just protect the tablet. It offers a variety of flexible stand positions to make gaming and entertainment more enjoyable.

Preloaded with NVIDIA SHIELD Hub and Trine 2

The SHIELD tablet comes preloaded with the NVIDIA SHIELD Hub app, the center of the gamer’s SHIELD experience. The app offers one-touch access to over 400 SHIELD-optimized Android game titles, along with Google Play, where gamers can download thousands of apps, including Netflix, Pandora and more.

Also bundled is the popular Frostbyte game Trine 2: Complete Story. Originally a huge hit on PlayStation, Xbox and Steam, the game is now optimized for great gameplay and graphics on the Tegra K1 processor.

Pricing, Availability and Accessories

The SHIELD tablet comes with either Wi-Fi connectivity, or Wi-Fi and LTE. It’s available in 16- and 32GB, with MicroSD (up to 128GB), starting at $299. The SHIELD wireless controller retails for $59. The SHIELD tablet cover retails for $39.

The SHIELD tablet, wireless controller and tablet cover are now available for preorder in the United States, Canada and select European countries. Preorders in the United States are available at, Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, GameStop, Micro Center, Newegg and Tiger Direct, and in Canada at Canada Computers, Memory Express, NCIX and ThinkGeek.

NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Controller leaked in full glory

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


NVIDIA is getting ready to announce its new Shield products, but it seems they just can’t stay away from leaksters’ hands. A new set of slides has hit the internet with all the details you could ever ask for. The second-generation Shield launch is rumored to include a Shield Tablet and Shield Controller.

The processor manufacturer was not the most successful at launching the NVIDIA Shield handheld gaming device. This could have triggered their desire to alter the form factor and strategy. Instead of a handheld gaming platform, the new NVIDIA Shield set-up consists of two pieces. The tablet could work as a standalone device, designed for both gaming and daily tasks. Meanwhile, the controller will be available when you are ready for game time.

Let’s start by taking a look at the rumored 8-inch pad. The NVIDIA Shield Tablet is said to come with 1080p display, a powerful Tegra K1 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16-32 GB of internal storage, 5 MP cameras (both), Bluetooth 4.0 and a microSD slot. There will be WiFi and WiFi+LTE versions, priced at $299 and $399 accordingly.


The interesting part here is the remote, which is now completely unattached to the Shield gaming device. It’s quite an interesting concept, and we must say it’s not a bad idea. After all, this could make for a much more flexible experience. Having to carry and deal with the controller at all times is simply not the most convenient way to go about things.

The controller will cost only $59 and feature WiFi Direct connectivity, ensuring a strong and speedy connection. It also comes packed with a microphone and all the buttons and joysticks you can expect on a good gaming pad. In essence, it looks much like the controller we saw in the NVIDIA Shield, but unattached and with what looks like a much more ergonomic build.


Both devices are rumored to go on sale this July 29th, so we probably won’t be waiting much longer for the official announcement. Europeans may have to wait a bit more, though, with a release date rumored to be set on August 14th. The rollout will continue in other markets throughout the Fall.

Do keep in mind these are all rumors and leaks. Nothing is official until it is announced, no matter how credible and consistent the leaks are. We will be sure to let you know all the details as soon as they come!

VIA creates Viega tablet made for tough environments

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Android tablet market isn’t actually an ideal marketplace for immediate profit, what with all the major players putting out ginormous numbers of different kinds of tablet devices. VIA, a technology company known for making chips for computer motherboards, isn’t the first place you’d look for a top-of-the-line tablet – but what they have is the VIA Viega, a tablet designed specifically for tough and rugged work environments.

The Viega is purposefully designed to meet IP65 certification – able to withstand abuse from dust and water, even rain. The tablet is designed to be protected from falls and drops from as high as 6 feet. The glass they used on the tablet is tempered glass, and as such is resistant to shattering. Impressed yet? You should be, because VIA actually thought of ways to make this tablet darned near indestructible.

VIA says that the Viega was made thinking of near-extreme work environments like construction areas, warehouses, factories, and the like. It isn’t actually aimed at regular consumers, although you are free to purchase one if you would like to own an invulnerable tablet. As of the moment, VIA says that there are samples already available for testing.


Oh, the rest of the specs? Yeah, we almost forgot – and that’s because in this time and season, the Viega’s internal specs are exactly as “ho-hum” as you could imagine. The tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor with Mali-400 graphics pushing pixels for a 10.1-inch 1280×800 display. It has 1GB of RAM (probably just about good enough), 16GB of storage, all running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The tablet has some leeway in the area of expansion ports – it has 2 micro USB ports and a micro HDMI port. The standard Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity features are also there, and you can add cameras and 3G connectivity as options.

VIA: Liliputing

Samsung Galaxy Tab S may be suffering overheating issues

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Some reports from users are coming in that Samsung’s newest Super AMOLED tablet – the Galaxy Tab S – may be suffering from overheating issues, causing the flimsy plastic back cover to deform because of the heat. Could it be that the newly-launched premium tablet device would now have the potential to ruin Samsung’s day?

The South Korean electronics giant just launched the new tablet in June, hyping on its slim good looks and strong performance via its octa-core Exynos processor, but it seems that those are the main things that are causing this slight(?) problem. Below are pictures of a Samsung Galaxy Tab S, the 8.4-inch variant suffering the said issue. More pics at the source link.


The user, as told by hi-tech@mail, claims that the tablet – when using graphics and processor-intensive applications such as games – tends to heat up considerably, to the point that after a number of such uses, the thin plastic back cover of the tablet gets deformed (“wavy” was the term most used). The user claims that this was a “day one” problem, with the onboard Exynos processor heating up upon installation and use of some game apps.

Also according to the tech blog, this situation has been monitored and talked about in several tech forums – this is not a lone incident. The user bemoans that while Samsung has knowledge of the situation, it has not responded promptly to the situation. He claims that maybe in the desire to put out a very slim tablet (6.6 mm), Samsung may have disregarded overheating issues. The blog itself contacted Samsung via email and got the response we quote below (translated from the original Russian).

Samsung’s customer satisfaction is our highest priority, so at the moment we are carefully considering this device’s case. Although the deformation on the rear lid is negligible and should not pose a problem for the operation of the tablet, the owner of the tablet can contact the nearest Samsung service center for replacement of the said defective part.

SOURCE: [email protected]

Samsung Galaxy Tab S experiencing overheating issues, resulting in warped back covers

Posted by wicked July - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

We were quite impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, back when we reviewed it, due to its thin and sleek design, solid battery life, and stunning 2560 x 1600 high resolution AMOLED display. Unfortunately though, it looks like Samsung might not have struck the perfect hardware balance with the Galaxy Tab S, as the tablet is reportedly suffering from overheating issues.

Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru is reporting that the Galaxy Tab S’ Exynos 5420 processor, which also powers the Galaxy Note 3, is heating up quite substantially during heavy load. Whilst warm temperatures aren’t completely unusual for mobile devices, the Tab S is heating up so much that it is deforming the back cover of the tablet.

The higher resolution display is likely putting a lot more stress on the Mali-T628 GPU than lower resolution devices would, which could be responsible for the additional heat. Combined with a choice of back cover materials that don’t appear to respond to well to high temperatures, and you are left with a bit of a cosmetic disaster.

You can see a few photos of the warping on the 8.4 inch version of the Galaxy Tab S below. The bumps are not overly noticeable, but the look, and importantly feel, of the tablet has clearly been altered by the heat.

Galaxy Tab S back cover warped  Galaxy Tab S overheating

Samsung has not yet responded to the complaint, so we will be sure to keep our eye out for an official statement. It is unclear, at this point, how widespread the issue is, so if you have noticed overly high levels of heat or a similar back cover issue yourself, please let us know in the comments below.

Verizon Adds Tablets to Monthly Edge Payment Plans

Posted by Kellex July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Yesterday, Verizon added tablets to its monthly device payment plan, also known as Edge.

With tablets on Edge, you are looking at the same deal as you would get with phones – no upgrade fees, full device value split into 20 equal monthly payments, and the option to upgrade once you have owned the device for 30 days and have have paid off 60% of it. As you can see from the screenshot, devices like the new Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet are already included. Verizon also sells the Galaxy Tab 4, G Pad 8.3, Nexus 7 (2013), Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and all of the iPads. 

If you were looking for a way to get into an LTE-ready tablet that works on Verizon’s network without paying the full cost up front, you now have one.

Via:  Verizon
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Deal: get a Kindle Fire HDX 7 16GB for $149

Posted by wicked July - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Looking for an Android (well, sort of) tablet on the cheap? Retailer Newegg, through its eBay store, is offering the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX for an attractive $149.

Released in September 2013, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 features a crisp Full HD display featuring quantum dots technology for vivid colors, a powerful Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. The tablet features Dolby audio and the battery should be good for up to 11 hours of mixed usage or up to 17 hours of reading. More info in our video review above.

Newegg is offering the Wi-Fi only, 16GB variant, with special offers, meaning that the device will display Amazon ads on the lockscreen. The device is brand new and is covered by a one-year full warranty.

At $80 less than Amazon’s current best price, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 is an excellent deal, if you can live with the fact that you don’t get a true Android experience. Even so, this may still be a good choice if you only need a tablet for casual media consumption or as a gift for a less technical relative. Plus, CyanogenMod has recently added support for some Kindle Fires, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see custom ROM builds for the Fire HDX as well.

Head over to eBay for the deal.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet launching on Verizon, pre-orders start July 10

Posted by wicked July - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Sony has announced a new partnership with Verizon, with whom they will launch the Xperia Z2 Tablet exclusively. The Japanese manufacturer’s tablet is hands down among the best in the market. After testing it at MWC, we can say its specs are top-notch, performance is spotless and the experience is pure bliss.

The WiFi version has been available in the USA for a while, but a data-connected iteration hasn’t yet reached the States. The WiFi device is available straight from Sony’s website for $499.99, but what about this Verizon version?

Those looking to get a Verizon-branded Xperia Z2 Tablet may be very happy about this launch. The only issue is that it won’t come cheap. Verizon’s Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet will cost $599.99. This may have been more enticing with a good on-contract offer, but it turns out Verizon is only willing to subsidize $100 off the device.

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A price of $499.99 after signing a 2-year contract is not the discount of a lifetime. Granted, this is an amazing tablet, but I get the feeling very few of us will think it’s $600-amazing. Those interested will be able to find it in stores on July 17th. You can also put your name to one by pre-ordering it starting tomorrow, July 10th.

This tablet is, as mentioned above, among the best tablets I have used. $599.99 is no small price, though. Very few high-end tablets reach that price point, so we must wonder how good this tablet is. For starters, it is water resistant, which might make it amazing for many of you.

Specs include Android 4.4 KitKat, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch 1920x1200p TRILUMINOS display, 8.1MP/2.2MP cameras and a 6000 mAh battery. The Xperia Z2 Tablet did very well in our review, which you can read to see our in depth investigation and testing on the device.

Who is signing up for a Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet?

Sony Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3 and HTC One (M7) dropped from Play Store

Posted by wicked July - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

htc one google play edition aa front standing

Google has dropped the amount of Google Play Edition devices down to three from five. Until today’s change, Google had the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3 and HTC One (M7) listed on the Play Store. All three devices were shown as out of inventory for some time before they were removed.

It is currently unknown whether or not we will see new Google Play Edition devices, especially with the rumors of Android Silver. Android Silver was expected to replace the Nexus line however, Dave Burke stated that the Nexus line of devices is essential for Google displaying how they believe Android should run.

“You can’t build a platform in the abstract, you have to build a device (or devices). So, I don’t think it can or will ever go away. And then, I think Nexus is also interesting in that it is a way of us explaining how we think Android should run. It is a statement, almost a statement of purity in some respects. I don’t see why we would ever turn away from that, it wouldn’t make sense.”

For those who happen to be looking for a Google Play Edition device can still choose between the HTC One (M8), and the Moto G. Currently, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is listed as out of inventory on Google’s web store.


Is the Galaxy Tab S series for you? Samsung’s new app helps you find out

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Samsung impressed us with some outstanding tablets at their Galaxy Tab S announcement, last month. Both the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 are great devices, but are they what you are looking for? Samsung aims to demystify your doubts with the new Galaxy Tab S Experience app.

This handy application brings presentations and tutorials of all the features and characteristics the new Galaxy Tab S devices have to offer. In other words, you can “experience” the Galaxy Tab S through any device. For example, this tool offers a virtual comparison between LCD and Samsung’s stunning Super AMOLED panels. You can easily compare contrast and colors.


Of course, you are still looking at your own display, making the experience less than accurate, but it gives you a good idea. We are sure you won’t be disappointed by Samsung’s screens, though. AMOLED displays are known for their quality, and these panels were proven to be the best in the tablet market.

Also included are some demos that showcase the main features packed in Samsung’s UI. You can test their UI, multi-tasking features and even the fingerprint reader functions. They have also included some size and weight comparisons with common objects, as well as a quick look at their accessories.


Nothing beats holding a device and using it, but those who can’t reach a Galaxy Tab S unit right away should definitely give this app (which is basically advertising) a go. You can also check out our very own Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review.

After all, these tablets are far from being affordable, starting at $399 for the 8.4-inch version and $499 for the 10.5-inch iteration. You will need to do your research and be sure of your decision before buying into Samsung’s new devices. Go ahead and download the Galaxy Tab S Experience Android app straight from the Google Play Store.