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…)

Xiaomi Announces Mi Pad, Android-powered Tablet with NVIDIA Tegra K1 Processor

Late last night, Xiaomi announced a new Android-powered tablet, the Mi Pad, featuring specs that will make you turn your head. Xiaomi’s iPad Mini look-alike, is headlined by NVIDIA’s newest Tegra K1 processor, as well as a design which is sure to stir up Apple’s legal team.

As if the quad-core Tegra K1 wasn’t enough to keep our interest, the Mi Pad comes packed with 2GB of RAM, 16GB (up to 64GB) of on-board storage , a microSD card slot, 7.9″ IPS display (2048 x 1536), 8MP rear-facing shooter, and a 5MP front-facing camera.  (more…)

NVIDIA Mocha Tablet Appears in Benchmark – 7.9″ QXGA Display, Tegra K1 Processor, and 7MP Camera

Details of a possibly upcoming tablet device codenamed Mocha from NVIDIA have hit the web, yet it is still unknown whether this device is merely for internal testing or public release. What we do know is that information spotted on GFXBench, points to a tablet device with a display size of 7.9″, rocking a QXGA resolution of 2048 x 1536.  (more…)

NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual-core and Quad-core Chips Put Through Benchmarks, Rips Apart the Competition

While we continue waiting ever-so-patiently for the Tegra K1 from NVIDIA to show up in hardware we can actually buy, we shall proceed to drool over its benchmark scores. The 64-bit quad-core and dual-core models of the Tegra K1 were announced back in January at CES, featuring a somewhat unheard of 192-core GPU, based on the Kepler architecture which is found in NVIDIA’s GeForce line of PC graphics cards.

To sum up the hype in simple terms, this mobile SoC features desktop grade performance, which will be essential for next-gen mobile game developers to take advantage of.  (more…)