NVIDIA Partners With Acer to Launch Tegra K1-powered Chromebook 13

Cheapness, not performance, continues to fuel the popularity of Chromebooks. Their inexpensiveness relative to Windows and Mac laptops makes them an attractive proposition for light tasks such as document processing and web browsing. But NVIDIA wants to change that perception. Announced this morning, the Acer Chromebook 13 packs a Tegra K1 processor, the same found in NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Are You Going to Buy a SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller?

Earlier this morning, NVIDIA announced the new SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. These two devices are made specifically with gamers in mind, but the tablet itself should have any tech enthusiast most curious. Priced at $299 for the 16GB model, the SHIELD Tablet features a Tegra K1 processor with 2GB of RAM, a full 8″ HD display, as well as a complete stylus for any artists we may have among us.

Coupled with the SHIELD Controller, these units can provide an unparalleled mobile gaming experience, as well as a new way to play your PC games while hanging out on your couch, thanks to NVIDIA’s GameStream. The only downside to GameStream is that PC users will need a rig powered by an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card, but if you are already into gaming on your computer, there is a high probability that your rig already features one.

While last year’s SHIELD Portable didn’t quite take off as NVIDIA might have hoped, given its niche market of buyers (hardcore mobile gamers), we think that by NVIDIA essentially splitting that device into two separate products, the Tablet and Controller, they could see quite a bit more success among regular Android lovers who can choose to purchase only the tablet if they so desire.

Below, answer the poll question, then give us your take on the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. Was NVIDIA smart to introduce two separate products instead of an all-in-one, or should we hope that they also have plans for a “SHIELD 2″?

Are you going to purchase a SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller?

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NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller, Ultimate Portable Gaming for $299

We have two new gaming toys from NVIDIA this morning, the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. Both devices are part of the newly-named “SHIELD Family,” which also includes last year’s SHIELD, which will now be known as SHIELD Portable.

The SHIELD Tablet and Controller have been specifically designed for gamers, allowing players the best performance and gaming experience they could ever hope for while not on their gaming rig at home. Ultimately, NVIDIA wants to allow gamers to play mobile games, as well as PC games, in a way which was not possible before.  (more…)

More HTC Volantis Details Leak (Updated)

Update:  Ignore. This was fake; @evleaks got “hoaxed.”

Talk of Google’s next Nexus tablet, codenamed Volantis, has been heating up over the past month. Back in June, the world received what it thought was an early render and specifications for the device, aka the Nexus 9, but according to sources of @evleaks, that initial report was inaccurate.

From what @evleaks states, Google is currently testing an HTC-made super tablet, which could be released with ridiculous specifications.  (more…)

HTC Nexus 9 Tablet May Have Leaked, It Sounds Amazing

Back in May, Google code revealed a possible HTC Nexus device in works, one that most figured would be a tablet since it ran NVIDIA’s Tegra K1. We weren’t sure if the device would be called Nexus 9 or Nexus 8, but did know at the time that it would carry two code names of “flounder” and “volantis” that everyone should be on the lookout for. Thanks to a new report that surfaced over the weekend, we may have a better grasp on the name, a full set of specs, and price points depending on the amount of storage.  (more…)

Google Announces Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit – 7-inch Display, NVIDIA Tegra K1, 4GB RAM, and More

Most of you are familiar with Google’s Project Tango, right? That would be the project lead by Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technologies and Projects) group that is designed to “give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.”

The original Project Tango device (which was a phone) used advanced cameras and sensors to 3D map environments in real time. The benefits include opportunities for 3D gaming environments or helping the visually impaired or even something as practical as helping place furniture in your house in a virtual environment to see how it looks and if it will fit. The phone was the only the beginning, though, as Google has unwrapped a tablet development kit for Project Tango.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD 2 (P2570) Hits FCC, Curved Backside Shown Off

Thanks to a recent FCC filing, we can now be on the lookout for an announcement regarding a SHIELD 2 device from NVIDIA. A controller-shaped console hit the Commission with model number P2570, and with the original SHIELD unit sporting model number P2450, there are not many other devices this could be.

Looking at the lonely diagram taken from the official filing, we can see that SHIELD 2 will likely be a bit slimmer than the original SHIELD, as that device was a tad on the bulky side. Besides the backside, no other images can be found within the report.  (more…)