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Wikipad Android gaming tablet to finally hit stores on June 11

The Wikipad Android gaming tablet is finally hitting stores in the US on June 11th for the price of $249. Retailers such as TigerDirect, Walmart, and BestBuy will be offering the device initially, but the Wikipad team hopes to partner with more retailers in the future.

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This launch comes long after the device was officially announced around the middle of last year. Reportedly, the device got involved in some internal problems, as well as needed some refinements in terms of its specifications. These issues caused delay after delay, and caused some to doubt whether the device was even arriving at all.

Fortunately, the Wikipad team decided to push through with the launch. Originally planned to be a 10-incher, the Android gaming device now features a 7-inch IPS capacitive multi-touch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio, 5-point gesture support, and military-grade scratch protection.

Inside, it offers an NVIDIA Tegra 3 mobile processor with quad-core CPU and 5th battery-saver core, working with a high-performance 12-core NVIDIA GPU. It also has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, and 1 6GB of Flash memory. Expansion through a microSD card slot for an extra 32 GB is possible, as well.

The device sports a single camera, a 2 MP shooter found on its front. Its sensors include 3-axis Accelerometer, e-Compass, Gyroscope, and GPS (including GLONASS). Meanwhile, the Input/Output ports are a 3.5mm stereo headphone and mic minijack, Micro USB for data and power, and Micro-HDMI. Also onboard are two built-in stereo speakers and a microphone.

Furthermore, the Wikipad is powered by a 4100mAh watt-hour lithium-polymer battery, or a Universal AC adapter (5V, 2A).

Users can opt to detach the tablet from the controller and use it as a standalone slate. On its own, the tablet measures 7.70 x 4.95 x 0.42 in and weighs 0.71 lb, whereas with the controller attached, the measurements are 11.26 x 5.71 x 2.57, and the weight is 1.23 lb.

Users will have many game options to choose from. Among the supported sources of games and other content are Google Play, PlayStation Mobile games, TegraZone, and Google Mobile Services.

via androidauthority, wikipad

NVIDIA Tegra 4 specs leaked online

NVIDIA Tegra 4

NVIDIA Tegra 4

A presentation slide has recently been leaked online showing specifications of what is believed to be the next-generation Tegra SoC (system-on-chip) from NVIDIA, otherwise known as NVIDIA Tegra 4. The slide was reportedly first seen in China and that it currently bears a codename “Wayne,” according to a report from Engadget. It wasn’t revealed what kind of occasion Nvidia attended in China that it needed to make a presentation of its next-generation chipset.

If the leaks were accurate, among the information revealed are the following:

  • Nvidia uses 28nm processing process, which brings a lot of improvement when it comes to battery and performance, unlike Tegra 3 that used older 40nm process.
  • Nvidia Tegra 4 will be based on Cortex-A15, otherwise known as 4-PLUS-1 Quad Core Eagle.
  • It is believed to feature a 72-core graphics processor or 6 times the power of Tegra 3.
  • It supports USB 3.0. It conforms with speculations that next-generation tablets will be built with USB 3.0 support.
  • It features resolution as high as 2560 x 1440 pixels and 4K video playback.
  • It supports dual-channel DDR3L memory that may allow up to 2GB RAM.

The rumors about the next-gen Tegra chip started several months ago after many tech enthusiasts found that among all quad-core processors, NVIDIA Tegra 3 was the weakest performer. One of the reasons why is because Nvidia used 40nm manufacturing process but it seems like the company wants to regain its reputation using Tegra 4.

The company is believed to make its announcement during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January 2013. NVIDIA Tegra 4 will be competing against Samsung’s next-generation Exynos and Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chipset. The year 2013 will surely be filled with more powerful smartphones and tablets with impressive display and more than enough RAM.

Until NVIDIA officially confirmed that there is indeed a Tegra 4 chip being developed, this information should be taken with a grain of salt.

[source: Engadget]

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro Overtaking Sales of Tegra 3 Chips Quite Comfortably

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Samsung is one of the top manufacturers of smartphones right now and with good reason. Almost every vital component the company uses in its device is made in its backyard. But that’s a luxury limited to only Samsung, as other companies have to outsource necessary components from third party manufacturers. Two such third party companies, Qualcomm and NVIDIA which provide chipsets to manufacturers have been tussling for the top spot in the mobile chipset industry for more than an year now. Qualcomm was well established prior to the arrival of the NVIDIA Tegra series of mobile chipsets which sparked a revolution of sorts in the department. This year, NVIDIA was the first to reveal a quad core mobile chipset with the Tegra 3, while Snapdragon’s competitive offering was merely seen on leaked roadmaps. But that’s not the case now. Qualcomm has its very own quad core chipset in the form of the Snapdragon S4 Pro (quad core version of the S4). And as many of us have noticed, there are more smartphones coming with the S4 Pro than the Tegra 3. The reasons for this are pretty obvious, the S4 Pro is substantially better in terms of performance and power saving. This is reaffirmed by Taiwanese supply chains cited by DigiTimes, which suggests that NVIDIA is having a pretty tough time in the industry with the presence of the Snapdragon S4 Pro.

NVIDIA has the Tegra 4 a.k.a Wayne scheduled for Q1 next year, but until then it will have to deal with the competition with whatever little resources it has. Popular tablets like the ASUS Transformer Prime, the Nexus 7 and the Microsoft Surface RT have a Tegra 3 chip inside, so it’s not short of big ticket names. The Snapdragon S4 Pro however is more appealing to the manufacturers as it features an onboard LTE chip unlike the Tegra 3, and is also very power efficient (thanks to the 28nm manufacturing process). The Adreno 320 GPU which comes with the Snapdragon S4 Pro has proven to be the best out there by a substantial margin. What this means is that Qualcomm’s offering has visibly better cost to performance ratio when compared to the Tegra 3.

We can expect more and more Android smartphones in the future packing Qualcomm’s new chipset. And until NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 arrives in the market, we don’t expect its financial estimations skyrocket the way Qualcomm’s would. The LG Optimus G, the Nexus 4, the Droid DNA are all based on the Snapdragon S4 Pro. Windows Phone 8 OEMs are expected to make the switch to the S4 Pro as the platform evolves, but currently WP8 devices pack the Snapdragon S4 dual core chipset which isn’t too bad on its own.

Source: Digitimes
Via: Phone Arena

HTC One X+ unveiled, features 1.7GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Sense 4+

The buzz about HTC One X+ is now starting to build up as recent rumors suggest this handset would be released this Fall. Apparently, its name says it all: it is an upgrade from HTC’s flagship, One X. While many would think this device might not be real, Telus Canada already confirmed to put it under its strong lineup of HTC devices. There are also rumors that in the US, AT&T would be the sole provider to offer the subsidized variant bundled with LTE plans. All these things started to float in the first two days of October.

HTC’s strategy to keep its smartphone business going is to produce top-notch, high-quality products and it started in 2009. However, it was only in 2010 that people, especially tech enthusiasts, saw the shift in the company’s strategy. Thus, it is never a surprise to see new HTC devices bear really impressive hardware specs like HTC One X+.

One X+ will come with Tegra 3 AP37 chipset bearing 1.7GHz quad-core processor making it one of the very few devices that offers this much power. HTC said it will come with 1GB RAM, a bit low for a quad-core device but technically speaking it is more than enough for any mobile processes. It has a 4.7-inch display but HTC didn’t reveal the technology used. Canadian variants may get 32GB internal memory, other than that it would be 64GB plus a microSD card slot. However, as always, HTC devices don’t come with impressive cameras so you would get 8 megapixels for the primary and 1.6MP for secondary.

In an official press release, the company stated that HTC One X+ LTE is up to 67% faster than the LTE version of the One X. It didn’t specify the factors affecting this performance boost but if it were true, fans and tech enthusiasts may just be able to appreciate this device. That said, there’s another thing HTC has done to keep One X+ going, literally; a 2100mAh battery.

It will also come out of the box running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with matching HTC Sense 4+. There is only a handful of devices released this year bearing the latest version of Android so it would be a treat to own this device especially tech enthusiasts.

HTC started opening up and sharing information about this device, it even shared a few design sketches to show how it was conceived and realized.

Acer Iconia Tab A700 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Now Available for Download

Acer Iconia Tab A700 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has been rolled out initially in Germany and the rest of Europe starting Thursday, September 27th, but owners reported they were able to receive notification about it on Friday. Users in the U.S. and Holland have also reported receiving the update on Friday, evident that Acer pushed the update for global audience.

Iconia Tab A700 Jelly Bean update brings along a massive package for owners to download so Acer advises users to have a stable internet connection, preferably Wi-Fi, before starting the update process. There were reported cases of bricked tablets because update process was interrupted.

Gotta Be Mobile’s Adam Mills reported the update reaches up to 332 MB in size, which users can pull down over-the-air. Acer has been so silent about the development of this update that only a few actually knew about it. Acer Iconia Tab A700 was released last month running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich so owners were expecting to receive this update later this year.

Acer doesn’t want its device to get left behind considering it is one of the few tablets with Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Basically, this update will help improve the overall performance of the already powerful device. While there were a couple of users to have experienced problems during the update process, majority said everything was smooth and easy.

Among the reported improvements are the following:

Smoother UI. It is one of the most expected improvements that come along with Jelly Bean update in any device. The good thing is Acer Iconia Tab A700 already had smoother user interface compared to other tablets.

Browser Speed Boost. Browsing speed is reportedly faster after the update. This leaves an impression that Acer should have put the native browser into its priority list. Some users reported to have experienced lags using Iconia Tab A700’s native browser.

Battery Boost. This tablet has 9800mAh battery that reaches up to 10 hours of straight usage. Owners who have been able to successfully update their device reported that they can now use their device longer than before.

Typically, ICS to JB update brings hundreds of tweaks, improvements, enhancements and bug fixes and it’s a good thing to know Acer rolled out the promised Jelly Bean update slightly over a month after the release of its high-end tablet. If you are one of the owners of Iconia Tab A700 and have something to say about this update, share your thoughts by leaving comments below.

Other sources: Tech Radar | XDA Developers

Lenovo Preparing a Version of Its Bendable Yoga Device with Tegra 3 Processor

Everyone was amazed when they saw Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga concept demonstrated. Both it’s screen and keyboard parts can flip around in a full circle on innovative hinges to turn the notebook into a tablet when you don’t need to do a whole lot of typing. Then, when do need to do some typing, it’s easy to turn it back into a notebook. Isn’t that pretty darn amazing? I thought it was and with it being pretty darn powerful as it already is, I was simply amazed.

If they do it right, this would be a fantastic and functional way to skip on compromising between both a tablet and notebook. The only thing I saw that was rose some red flags was that it was running Windows on Intel chips. On the other hand, sources are confirmed that NVIDIA has entered an agreement with Lenovo to supply its flexible notebooks with ARM-based Tegra processors for a future Windows RT device. I’m not sure if that means it’ll be in the IdeaPad Yoga or not. It might actually be compatible with it though.

NVIDIA had reported a fantastic quarter all based off of their Tegra orders. They also mentioned that it had booked at least three partners for Windows RT tablets, two of which that are both ASUS and Microsoft with its Surface slate. The third partner wasn’t named at all, but a leak is now telling us that it could very well be Lenovo. I personally have no doubt that it isn’t Lenovo. With it’s keyboard flipping capabilities, it really stood out and would be a fantastic notebook if the Tegra 3 was integrated into it. The Intel chip isn’t bad per-say, but after playing around with the Tegra 3 chip on my Transformer Pad, I would be rather saddened to go back to something with less power than what I have been getting used too.

Either way, the Tegra 3 processor would be fantastic to see in Lenovo’s new line of notebooks. It’s a super fast processor and works fantastically in ASUS’s Transformer lineup. There is also currently nothing that can “overpower” the chip on the Android platform and right now I still think it remains unmatched. It’d be interesting to see if Lenovo could pull off using the chip to its fullest power. That would be one crazy fast notebook and tablet mixture. I really hope that it’s Lenovo who has the deal with NVIDIA.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga hasn’t released yet. As far as we know, development is still underway for the notebook. That said, when it comes out will you be looking forward to testing the Notebook out? I’m really not even sure if its right to call it a notebook with its flexible design though. That said, here’s a good conversation starter!

What do you think the Lenovo IdeaPad should be called? A Notebook or a Tablet? Or do you have something else in mind that would fit much better than it’s current name? Whatever it is, let us know in comments!

Enjoying Extended Graphic Effects on Smartphone With a Non-Tegra 3 CPU Android Device

There are games released that compatible with only with the NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, sometimes there are games that can run on many devices with different processors but their functionality and especially graphics detail is greatly curtailed.  Certain aspects such as ‘extended effects’ may be disabled and the game will not be as exciting or lively as it should be even if the processor is powerful enough to handle the graphics.  A good example is Dead Trigger, a game by Madfinger Games.

Although the game runs on many devices, extended effects are enabled only on devices with NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPUs.  Some of these effects are spectacular lighting, enhanced water, ragdoll physics and volumentric fog.

If you have a powerful device that runs on a processor that does not support these effects, there is a way to around it to enable them.  An XDA developers member SnakeHaveYou came up with this procedure to enable non-Tegra 3 devices to play Dead Trigger with extended effects but it takes a rooted device that has a powerful CPU and involves some XML editing.

 

 

 

 

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. First, enable graphics details to high in setup/others.
  2. Exit game.
  3. Use root explorer like ES File Explorer.
  4. Go to /data/data/com.madfingergames.deadtrigger/shared_prefs/ folder.
  5. Edit com.madfingergames.deadtrigger.xml file.
  6. Change <int name=”UnityGraphicsQuality” value=”1″ /> to <int name=”UnityGraphicsQuality” value=”2″ />.
  7. Change <int name=”OptionsGraphicDetail” value=”2″ /> to <int name=”OptionsGraphicDetail” value=”3″ />.
  8. Save it.
  9. Modify permissions to remove all write permission on User, Group and Other.
  10. Delete com.madfingergames.deadtrigger.xml.bak.
  11. Enjoy enhanced graphics

With this way around, the question now is whther Tegra 3 really is what is marketed or just a marketing gimmick.  Most people do not think it is a marketing gimmick but in such case as Dead trigger, it is clear that strings are being pulled to ‘market’ tTegra’s capabilities.  I can say that even games that are currently labeled as ‘playable on Tegra 3 only’ may as well be played on other devices.  Developers and hardware manufacturers do not need to manipulate the end users like this if this is true.

Alleged Roadmap For Nvidia Tegra 4 Surfaces

Nvidia’s Tegra family strategy is no secret. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang went on the record last year saying that we can expect a new iteration of the Tegra processor on an annual basis. With that in mind, what appears to be a roadmap for next year’s processor, the Tegra 4, has surfaced.

We’re hearing this from our friends at Phandroid who scooped up the report from review site VR-Zone. According to the report on VR-Zone there will be different flavors of the next Tegra processor.

VR-Zone says that one of the variations, or flavors, of the next Tegra processor will include onboard 4G/LTE processing. This is also no secret as Nvidia said they were looking to put 4G/LTE radios on their silicon at both the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress (MWC) earlier this year.

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Nvidia Wants Apple To Show Them The Money

When Nvidia talked quad-core Tegra 3 processors at Mobile World Congress, and earlier in the year when they showed off the Asus Eee Pad Tranformer Prime, they knew there would be challengers. Huawei claimed at MWC that their new K3V2 processor was 49% faster than Tegra 3.  Today, as Apple was unveiling the new iPad, they claimed their A5X processor with quad-core GPU was “four times the performance of an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor”.

That claim isn’t sitting right with Nvidia’s Ken Brown. Obviously Apple didn’t send out field test units to competitors and there was no way for Nvidia to verify Apple’s claims. Brown suggests that Apple used specific apps to demonstrate the performance of the A5X vs the Nvidia Tegra 3. Perhaps Apple just said it without checking anything.

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Nvidia Announces Games Optimized For Tegra 3

Nvidia’s Tegra Zone is a double edged sword. On one end if you have a Tegra device you can use the Tegra Zone app in the Android market to quickly locate games that are optimized for Tegra processors. On the other hand, the games in “THD” are only available for Tegra processors.

Last year, with an onslaught of Tegra 2 devices, that seemed like a great idea. However with devices like the Motorola Xoom and the Motorola Atrix, not picking up the steam they expected, it made the Tegra games seem way more exclusive than most would like.

Now a little known secret is that the Tegra Zone games are “optimized” for Tegra processors but many have been sideloaded to other devices with similar spec’d processors or better.

At any rate, Nvidia announced their Tegra Zone rollout partners for games optimized to play on Tegra 3 device. Those games are:

Sonic the Hedgehog  4, Episode 2
Bucket
Golden Arrow THD
Dark Kingdom THD
Eden to Greeeen
Hamilton’s Great Adventure.

Look for them as soon in the Tegra Zone

source: Droidlife

Leaked: Motorola Atrix 3 With Quad-Core Tegra 3

Although Motorola has told Pocketnow.com that the phone pictured above is no more than just a concept, we tend to agree with them that it’s actually the Motorola Atrix 3.

The report Pocketnow ran Friday morning pegs the Atrix 3 with an Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 10 megapixel camera on the rear with dual LED flash, and a 3300mah battery (the same battery on the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx).

Although the device bares a resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it is in fact made by Motorola, and most likely the Atrix 3.

Other specs include a 4.3″ HD display with a 720×1280 resolution and 2GB of RAM. This is one of a few devices that have leaked with 2GB of RAM which would be optimal for a Tegra 3, quad-core processor.

Aside from rumors that we may see the first Intel powered phone by Motorola at MWC, this looks like a good safe bet for next week in Barcelona, concept or not.

source: Pocketnow

LG 3X Outed Before MWC Tegra 3 Chip In Tow

While there was no set “theme” for mobile phones at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month, there certainly is for Mobile World Congress. That theme is quad-core Tegra 3. We’ve already been invited to both an HTC press event and Nvidia’s press event. Nvidia’s event promises “more quad-core firsts”.  It looks like LG may be one of those quad-core firsts as well.

According to this report from Cnet, a new Android device from LG has emerged, called the X3.

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Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core Phones To Hit Retail Shelves This Quarter

Nvidia delivered their 4th quarter earnings call yesterday. Earlier today we reported that Nvidia was talking about a new Tegra chip dubbed the “Tegra Grey” with 3G and 4G baseband radios built in.

The other big news from the Nvidia earnings call was an ETA for when we can expect Android phones powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor to hit retail shelves (not get announced actually available). According to Nvidia we should see quad-core Tegra 3 powered phones this quarter.

Now don’t take this information with a grain of salt. Last year Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang had said that the first quad-core Tegra 3 powered Android tablet would hit before the end of 2011. Despite the fact you may not be able to pick one up right this second, the Asus Transformer Prime, was available before the end of the year.

Nvidia is promising more quad-core firsts at a press event we’ll be live blogging and live broadcasting on TDGN on Slacker/AOL radio at Mobile World Congress. We’ll have to wait just about 10 days to reveal the quad-core goodness.

source: Pocketnow

NVIDIA Talks Tegra “Grey” With 4G/3G On Board

Silicon giant Nvidia held their Q4 earnings call on Wednesday. Their numbers were just about inline with what they had planned except for a dip in sales and production as a result of Thailand flooding, and a dip in OEM’s for mobile purchasing their chips.

Nvidia is ramping up for a good year. We already know that at Mobile World Congress in 10 days they plan on revealing more quad-core firsts. We’re expecting a handful of devices; both tablets and smartphones to announce they are running the Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

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