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HTC To Launch First Tegra 4 Device?

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NVIDIA which is renowned for its GPUs, stepped into the mobile SoC arena with the Tegra series, most notably the Tegra 2 on the LG Optimus 2X. Then came the Tegra 3, which was a quad core chipset featuring improved graphics and better performance. HTC and LG launched smartphones running on the said chipset, although HTC saw more success all thanks to the features bundled with it. When it comes to Android, it’s the OEM customization that can make or break a smartphone and HTC was the winner, albeit not for long. And now, we have reports coming that the next generation NVIDIA Tegra 4 chipset could be first seen on an HTC device much like with the predecessor.

We already know about the rumored HTC M7, which is said to be the next big thing in the world of Android. But that is reported to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and not the Tegra 4. Could that rumor be false? There’s no way to know but it seems very likely that HTC would go with something like a Tegra 4 over a Snapdragon S4 Pro, as having new technology in a smartphone does have its perks. The Tegra 4 which is also known as the Wayne is scheduled for a Q1 2013 release, which is when HTC is believed to launch the new flagship. Let’s see if that’s what HTC has in mind.

The new Tegra 4 chip is believed to be twice as fast as the Tegra 3, which is obvious. It will apparently have the same 4+1 architecture as the Tegra 3, but it’s the end performance that is believed to be substantially better. The clockspeed apparently will be bumped to 1.8 GHz, so one can expect some good benchmark scores from the new chip. What doesn’t go in favor of the new HTC device with the Tegra 4 chipset is the fact that the chip is believed to be designed for tablets. We saw tablets like the ASUS Transformer Prime featuring the Tegra 3 chip, but haven’t seen a whole lot of Tegra 3 based tablets after that. So it should be seen if HTC eventually does launch a Tegra 4 based smartphone or stick with the reliable Snapdragon S4 Pro.

Another theory suggests that HTC would launch a tablet, which clearly hasn’t been the company’s strong point. Considering that the Android tablet market is well settled with the likes of the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7, it would be rather unwise to launch a new competing tablet. But these are all rumors and speculations as of now, as we have no substantial evidence to go with. Regardless, it wouldn’t be wrong to guess that 2013 does hold a lot of surprises for us. It will be interesting to see how HTC will combat the dominance of Samsung in the Android ecosystem.

Source: INPAI
Via: Phone Arena

Best Android tablets for everywhere gaming – April 2015 edition

They say Android tablets are good for casual, mundane, non-straining tasks and activities like web browsing, e-book reading, unpretentious YouTube watching or music playing. For everything else, buy an iPad. Or go big and bulky, and get a Windows laptop or convertible.

Google Play games

Unfortunately, for the most part, they are correct. The blame is split evenly between Google, device manufacturers and third-party software developers, none of which seem to be heart and soul dedicated to making the large-screen “ecosystem” all it could be.

Apps and games are awkward, laggy or outright don’t work on many 7-inch+ Androids, and the diversity of display sizes and aspect ratios complicates everyone’s progress efforts. Build quality and pricing don’t always meet, and so going after the staggering sales numbers and profits of iPads looks mission impossible.

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Still, some strides are being made, our recent high-res slate roundup acting as living proof. Now, it’s time to bring in the graphics-cranking gaming troops:

Selection criteria

What makes a dependable gaming tablet? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not an Apple logo. Instead, the first thing you want to look at is the GPU. Not the CPU, even though that’s important for a range of endeavors, but the graphics processing unit.

Tegra K1

As the name suggests, the GPU is in charge of visuals. Or, how Wikipedia puts it, it’s “designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display.”

Which brings us to item #2 on our order of business – RAM, aka random access memory. You want as much as that as you can get. And a pixel-filled screen, capable of delivering HD and Full HD content with no stutter or lag. Finally, battery life is essential for on-the-go gamers who don’t like sitting tight next to a power socket all the time.

Nvidia Shield Tablet – $299 Wi-Fi only; $299 and up with AT&T 4G LTE

Our first player is perhaps a little small for ideal gaming, at 8 inches, but it’s a 3DMark and GFXBench champion. Literally, we’ve seen it posting record results in both benchmarks. FYI, the two are the prime tools for gauging theoretical graphics performance, so you’ll be hearing them mentioned throughout our list.

Shield Tablet

Now, even if we didn’t have these “synthetic” test scores, we could’ve easily guessed the Tegra K1 chip is a beast. It’s only 32-bit-capable, but the GeForce Kepler GPU packs 192 CUDA cores. Sounds a tad gimmicky, and it’s obviously not 50 times faster than quad-core rivals, yet it can play uber-demanding games at up to 65 frames per second no problem.

The Shield Tablet can be paired with a dedicated controller and stream GRID titles especially fashioned for its 8-inch panel such as Half-Life 2: Episode 1Saints Row IV or Batman Arkham Origins.

Google/HTC Nexus 9 – $379 with 16 GB storage; $450 in 32 GB configuration

We don’t want to play favorites, we honestly don’t, but Nvidia’s the man here, and Qualcomm has some catching up to do. The N9 comes fitted with the 64-bit dual-core Denver-based flavor of the Tegra K1 “superchip”, and its benchmark grades are consequently inferior.

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Not by much, though, and the 8.9-inch screen is both larger and crisper, at 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. The aspect ratio is 4:3, which is arguably best qualified for movies, not games, but overall, this is an out-and-out powerhouse, no matter its primary use.

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 2014 edition – starting at $394

It really boggles the mind why so few Snapdragon 805 tablets are around, albeit we get the CPU was merely intended to smoothen the transition from 800 to 810. Its Adreno 420 GPU is clocked at 600 MHz and breezily delivers 3DMark scores circling the 20,000 magic number.

Fire HDX 8.9

With an eye-catching 2,560 x 1,440 pix res display, impressive autonomy and 2 GB RAM, the newest Fire HDX sadly loses precious points at content access, having to rely entirely on Amazon’s Appstore. Granted, Google Play doesn’t include oodles of outstanding HD+ games, but there are a few spectacular ones you may want to keep up your sleeve.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet – $575 international version; $500 and up with Verizon

It’s costly, old, slightly less graphically endowed, with an Adreno 330 inside and, oh, did I mention a sequel is literally around the corner? Nonetheless, it’s got 3 GB RAM in tow, 3D surround sound, plenty of CPU muscle, a big-ass Full HD piece of glass, unrestricted access to Big G’s app outlet and Lollipop treats incoming.

Xperia Z2 Tablet

Plus, it’s water resistant, so you can finish a few GTA San Andreas missions while taking a long, relaxing bath. That right there is living the dream!

HP Slate 7 Extreme – $99.99

Yes, we are serious in recommending this near-obsolete Jelly Bean little guy. It’s not for hardcore gamers, that goes without saying, but at a Benjamin, it’s an absolute bargain with a quad-core Tegra 4 SoC that averages over 16,000 points in 3DMark: Ice Storm Unlimited, according to Futuremark. Told you Nvidia was the real MVP.

HP Slate 7 Extreme

And yes, we realize 1,280 x 800 pixels is an unacceptable resolution for a few contemporary action titles, but look on the bright side – the force battery life must be strong with this one.

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T – $270 standalone tablet; $320 with docking station

Another decrepit machine, the same everlasting Tegra 4 processor with 72-core GPU, and an extra forte. A physical keyboard boosting productivity, as well as endurance. Now, close your eyes and picture a slate/mini-laptop hybrid with a 2,560 x 1,600 Super IPS+ LCD screen and 2 GB RAM.

Asus TF701

Admit it, that mental image takes you to a 2015 specced out contraption, not a two-year-old. So, the TF701T might be old, but it doesn’t show it.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – $500

We’re not sure a 13.3 incher qualifies for conventional tablet material, and the Intel Ivy Bridge SoC further sends us sniffing around Windows laptop land. But there’s no keyboard in tow, Android 4.4 KitKat runs the software show, and the GPU is mediocre by full-fledged PC standards.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

For $500, it’s good enough, outperforming Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S in 3DMark in addition to touting 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, 15-hour battery, 2 GB RAM, Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancements and a 5 watt JBL subwoofer.

It’s more of a multimedia, living room entertainment type of gadget, but if you’re strong enough and have big hands, it can be carried around and used for non-addictive gaming. Yeah, right, non-addictive. The Android tablet ecosystem isn’t great, but it’s not that bad.

HP Slatebook Is A 14-Inch Tegra 4 Laptop Running On Android 4.3

We have previously heard rumors of an Android-based laptop that’s going to be developed by HP. Now it looks like this device is now official as the company announced the HP Slatebook which is expected to hit the market this coming July. What’s unique about this laptop is that it will run on Android 4.3 and uses a Tegra 4 processor.

HP Slatebook

The HP Slatebook is just one of the several laptop models that the company announced will be coming soon. Mike Nash, vice president, Product Management, Consumer Personal Systems over at HP said that, “Customers have made it clear that they need devices that better adapt to work and play the way they do. Today, we are announcing the next generation of laptops and two-in-one PCs, along with a new Chromebook that combine power, versatility and design for home and on the go.”

Technical Specifications

  • 14-inch 1920×1080 touchscreen
  • Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor 1.8 GHz
  • 16GB-64GB of internal storage
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Front-facing webcam
  • Beats Audio speakers
  • 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Up to 9 hours of battery life
  • Weighs 3.75 pounds

Slatebook

This isn’t going to be the first laptop that runs on Android however it’s definitely one of the first coming from a major company. It’s also not a 2-in-one device where the display can be detached and used as a tablet.

The HP Slatebook makes use of a 1080p touchscreen display providing users multiple ways of navigating the device. The 10 point capacitive touchscreen or the traditional keyboard, touchpad combination can be used to access the menu system.

The Tegra 4 processor used by this laptop is not the most powerful available from NVIDIA but is still very capable. This chip uses four ARM Cortex-A15 processors and uses a GPU with 72 custom cores. It’s also energy efficient allowing the device to operate up to 9 hours on a single charge.

Other key features of this laptop include

  • Beats Audio: This device comes with four Beats audio speakers which provide an immersive audio experience.
  • Google Play Store: Has access to the millions of apps available over at the Google Play Store.
  • Dynamic Design: Customers will be more productive using this device compared to a tablet due to its physical keyboard.
  •  Multiple port options: This device comes with HDMI, USB 3.0 and dual USB 2.0, audio mic/headset jack, AC adapter plug, and also micro SD card reader.

We are still not sure what market demographic HP is targeting with this device. For the same price consumers can already get a regular Windows laptop or even a Chromebook. While it’s true that the HP Slatebook can access more apps compared to the Chromebook most of the apps available at the Google Play Store are not designed to run on displays greater than 10 inches or even take advantage of a physical keyboard.

The HP Slatebook will become available this coming July 20 with the 16GB model priced at $399.

via marketwired

Unannounced Barnes & Noble BNTV800 Nook Tablet Spotted at GFX Bench with Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC

It’s no secret Barnes & Noble is in a similar financial pickle to BlackBerry when it comes to its hardware manufacturing division, as the Nook line of e-readers and tablets seems but a paltry rival for Amazon’s Kindles at the box-office.

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B&N has struggled greatly to clear Nook HD and Nook HD+ inventory in recent months, appealing to numerous promotions, discounts and so-called special offers in a desperate attempt to become relevant in an ever-competitive tablet landscape.

Only nothing’s worked so far, which is why the news of the book retailer looking to outsource upcoming Nook gizmos caught essentially no one off guard. But then B&N had a sudden and quite inexplicable change of heart, the brand new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight e-reader saw daylight and now a full-fledged fresh Nook tab is pretty much confirmed as well.

No idea how this thing is to be called, but its ties with previous Nook generations are made crystal clear by the BNTV800 model number. Mind you, last year’s Nook HD is internally known as BNTV400, whereas the Nook HD+ is numbered BNTV600. Hence, monikers such as Nook HDX (a la Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX), Nook HD Ultra or Nook HD Plus Plus (I’m going a little overboard, I know) are likely in the cards.

BNTV800

The question of “when” (as in when will it start selling) should be on everyone’s lips, not “if”, as the BNTV800 is surely real and coming soon, since someone bothered to take it for a quick benchmarking spin through GFX Bench.

As usual, the test’s database is generous with inside information, revealing the no doubt skinned version of Android running on the fourth-gen Nook tab will be based on 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Even more importantly, there seems to be a quad-core 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU beneath the hood, increasing the thing’s raw speed over 2012 Nooks by leaps and bounds.

Remember, the 7-inch Nook HD came packing a modest and now no longer in production dual-core 1.3 GHz TI OMAP 4470 SoC, and the 9-inch HD+ touted the same mediocre chip, only running at a slightly higher 1.5 GHz clock speed.

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As for the still somewhat nichey Tegra 4 platform, try to keep in mind that, while it’s a little hard on battery life, it’s pretty much as chipper as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU, found inside the latest Kindle Fire, not to mention light years ahead of the S4 Pro powering the Nexus 7 2013.

Then again, it’s not fair to pit the BNTV800 against the N7 2013 yet, as Barnes & Noble’s size preferences remain a mystery. There’s a good shot the 7-inch Nook will get a direct heir, but I wouldn’t rule out the new tab being a 9-incher either. Or maybe there are two versions in the works again.

In any case, GFX Bench’s screen resolution listing can’t really clear the air, being an odd 1,620 x 1,008 pixels. Could that be UXGA (1,600 x 1,200) with on-screen buttons? Possibly, but be sure to take it with a pinch of salt.

Via [GFX Bench]

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T to receive Android 4.3 from November 18

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ASUS has been the only Android manufacturer that has routinely pushed out newer versions of Android to its devices long before other manufacturers, and that tradition is going to continue with the Transformer Pad TF701T, the Tegra 4-powered 10.1-inch slate that went on sale in late October – it will begin receiving an update to Android 4.3 starting November 18th.

Granted, launching the tablet with Android 4.2.2 on board when 4.3 has been around for a few months wasn’t exactly the logical thing to do, but it’s great to see the Taiwanese manufacturer is working on rectifying that mistake so quickly. The update will bring improved battery life, trackpad responsiveness and dock battery charging, along with standard Android 4.3 features, such as OpenGL 3.0 support, restricted access mode for multiple users, improved performance, Bluetooth Low Energy support, always-on Wi-Fi location scanning even when Wi-Fi is off, and more.

The update should make its way to devices over-the-air, and ASUS should also make the full firmware files available for download on its website, as is usually the case. There’s no word on when Android 4.4 KitKat will arrive for the TF701T, but knowing ASUS, it probably won’t take more than a month or two.

Via: Android Police

Unreleased Xiaomi MI 3 Phone Gets Benchmarked, Sports Tegra 4 CPU and FHD Screen

It takes a lot of guts to schedule a smartphone unveiling just one day after Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1’s formal intros and less than a week ahead of the iPhone 5C and 5S announcements, but then again Xiaomi looks like a gutsier than average OEM.

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After all, the Chinese have very recently signed Hugo Barra, one of the leading figures of Android’s early development, so don’t act surprised if Xiaomi takes over the mobile world before long. But let’s take it one step at a time and for now focus on the company’s next flagship phone.

Expected out on September 5 (i.e. in less than 48 hours), the Xiaomi MI 3 has been caught on camera a number of times lately, but has mostly managed to keep its specs secret. Until today, that is, when, as we were scouring the web to bring you everything that’s hot and new in the Android world, we casually bumped into this MI 3 while the thing was making its benchmarking rounds.

No, not through the deceptive AnTuTu, but over at the much more reliable GFX Bench, where its GPU performance was tested. The results? Pretty impressive, which is no surprise since the MI 3 appears to pack a Tegra 4 CPU, along with a complimentary Nvidia custom-made graphics processing unit. Huh, go figure. Most of the pundits and tipsters seemed to think Xiaomi’s next big thing was to come boasting a Snapdragon 800 SoC or some kind of an octa-core processor.

On the other hand, if you’re a die-hard Qualcomm fan or just don’t think Nvidia can turn things around for the declining Tegra platform, you probably shouldn’t panic all that much. There’s still a shot Xiaomi will intro two different MI 3 variations, one with Tegra 4 and the other with S800 power.

Xiaomi MI 3

For now, this Tegra-based flavor runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and sports a Full HD (aka 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution) panel whose size is still unconfirmed (though chances are it’s an already traditional 5-incher).

What else? Oh, yeah, the Nvidia-made CPU is clocked at 1.8 GHz, whereas other, not mentioned in this benchmark features might include 2 GB RAM, 13 MP rear-facing camera and 3,000 mAh battery. And let’s not forget about the Nokia Lumia-reminiscent design, plus the delicious cherry on top – a price tag of roughly 2,000 Yuan in China, which is less than 325 US bucks.

Okay, Hugo, it’s time to work your magic and bring Xiaomi to the mainstream, because we Westerners aren’t willing to continue sitting on the sidelines and look at the folks in China being spoiled with such dirt-cheap, top-notch gadgets. The buck stops here and that’s the end of it!

Via [GFX Bench]

IFA 2013 Preview: Galaxy Note 3, Xperia Z1, HTC One Max, Smartwatches, Madness

Who said there’s no more room for innovation in the mobile technology arena? The hell there isn’t! You just wait and see what’s coming at this year’s IFA.

IFA 2013

First held way back in 1924 (!), the Consumer Electronics trade fair will officially debut its newest edition on September 6 and wrap up five days later. Over 200, 000 visitors and exhibitors are to take Berlin, Germany by storm this year and the spotlight should be, as usual, on the big Android kahunas, including Samsung, Sony, HTC and LG.

And boy, do those four have their share of aces up their sleeves, most of which have been making the rumor rounds for weeks or even months. Many surprises are to be expected as well and, while technically we’re still ten days away from the event’s official kick-off, most exhibitors will look to jump the gun and unveil their fall-winter bombs earlier.

How early? Let’s just say we expect the Android world to look very differently come September 4. But enough with the jibber-jabber and let’s get down to the facts. These are the rumored scene-stealers of IFA 2013:

Samsung

The Koreans are notorious for using IFA’s pre-show dates to hold glamorous “Unpacked” events in Berlin and this year won’t be an exception to the rule. Quite on the contrary, as Sammy is tipped to introduce several new gadgets to the world on September 4.

Samsung Unpacked

The Galaxy Note 3 is the definite number one on the list, but with a familiar plastic design, less than stellar camera and a 5.7-inch display that some consider small (we live in a crazy world, eh?), the Note 3 will have its work cut out for him (her?) in fending off Sony and HTC’s threats.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company’s first smartwatch, is anticipated with much excitement by self-proclaimed visionaries, who seem to think wearable technology is the future. I for one don’t agree, but I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on the Gear, tipped to come with a 2.5-inch touchscreen, dual-core CPU, Bluetooth 4.0 and gesture support.

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As far as slates are concerned, a Galaxy Note 10.1 follow-up could be due, even if no tipster or leaker has mentioned anything like that of late, plus a kid-friendly 7-inch Galaxy Tab and maybe even a GTab 10.1 Plus with a Full HD screen and octa-core processor.

Sony

If Samsung disappoints, Sony could rise to the occasion and deliver, with the Xperia Z1 (aka Honami) phone and a SmartWatch 2 (that’s right, the Japanese already have an Android-compatible wristwatch, albeit one that no one knows exists).

Sony IFA

The Xperia Z1 is expected to become official on September 4 (Note 3, beware) and Sony has so much trust in this thing that they are putting everything they have into it. Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, Full HD Triluminos display, 20 MP camera with G Lens, water protection, you name it, the Z1 will sport it.

Sony Xperia Z1

But wait, there’s more, as we could also be seeing a “Mini” version of the Z1 presented during or before IFA. This little guy will sport a 4 or 4.5-inch display, but other than that it’s expected to be just as groundbreaking as big brother, unlike Samsung’s GS4 Mini or HTC’s One Mini.

HTC

It’s not like the Taiwanese to conduct a subtle, almost shy hype-boosting campaign on the eve of a big launch, but sadly for them the One Max looks like it has nothing against Sony’s Xperia Z1. And Samsung is Samsung, so you know people will expect greatness from them.

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But I’m here to tell you that the One Max is not to be overlooked, at least if you dig jumbo-sized phones. After all, what could be cooler than an HTC One with the same breathtakingly solid aluminum build, plus a speed boost and screen size upgrade?

LG

Unlike the competition, LG has chosen to showcase the G2 ages before IFA, at the risk of losing the spotlight once the Berlin event will be underway. Then again, the Koreans look like they have one secret (well, not so secret anymore) weapon saved for September too – the G Pad 8.3.

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Confirmed already courtesy of a video teaser, the slate is tipped to sport a 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution panel, plus pack quad-core Snapdragon 600 heat under the hood. The price tag? Unknown, which is why it’s still hard to say if this will be a Nexus 7 killer or a DOA slate like many others before it.

The others – Asus, Acer, Alcatel, Lenovo, HP, Huawei, ZTE

One swallow does not a summer make and four exhibitors do not a spectacular tech expo make. But fret not, as any of the seven above mentioned names could steal the thunder or at least part of it from the top dogs.

Asus is waiting for the perfect moment to intro the PadFone Mini, MemoFone HD 5 phones and MemoPad HD 8 tablet, while Acer has a Tegra 4-powered slate and a brilliant flagship phone called Liquid S2 in the pipeline.

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Alcatel will likely look to uncover the already leaked One Touch Scribe Pro and One Touch Idol Mini, Lenovo is almost certainly working on a sort of K900 rehash with Snapdragon 800 power, HP is hunting for tablet glory with the Slate 8 Pro, Huawei has recently introduced an octa-core processor that could find its way inside smartphones this year and finally ZTE has to build some buzz around the U988S, which is the world’s first Tegra 4 phone, but also an incredibly cheap handheld.

I think we can all agree there are a lot of exciting things on this list and beware, these are only the devices that we know are coming. Who knows what other shockers might be in store.

Apple Beware, Asus Has A Tegra 4-Powered Tablet With ‘Retina’ Display In The Pipeline

As passionate as we all are about all things Android and as much as we’d like to claim our favorite OS is closing the gap against Apple in the tablet arena, we have to admit Google is still a long way from winning that battle.

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But solid, budget-conscious slates such as the Nexus 7 are at least keeping our hopes alive and maybe, just maybe there will be a couple of 10-inch, top-notch contenders around in a few months or so. We know of at least one suspect starting today, a mystery Asus Eee Pad benchmarked over at GFX Bench not long ago.

Aside from being a part of the Eee Pad family, this fellow doesn’t really have a name yet, though a cryptic “Taurus” moniker seems to be in the cards. If I were to speculate, I’d say there’s a good chance we’re looking at a Transformer Pad Infinity 700 follow-up, but that’s not really of major importance right now.

What’s much more relevant is the presence of an Nvidia Tegra 4 chip beneath the tab’s hood and most of all the display’s “Retina” resolution. I know what you’re thinking. “Retina” is a marketing term coined by Apple, so Asus won’t be able to use it once this thing is out and about. For now however, it’s a good, albeit sneaky, way of building some hype.

Asus Eee Pad

The Eee Pad’s “Retina” panel is apparently boasting a stunning 2,560 x 1,504 pixels resolution, which will technically translate into 2,560 x 1,600 when adding the on-screen buttons in the equation. That’s a breathtaking 299 ppi pixel density (assuming the display is a 10.1-inch unit), which is far superior to that of the fourth-gen Apple iPad and on-par with the Nexus 10.

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro is another fella that packs a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, although the resulting ppi is well below Asus’ 299. Shall I go on about how awesome this tab’s display should be? Let’s not.

Meanwhile, it’s interesting to see that, despite gloomy projections, Nvidia’s Tegra 4 platform seems to be grabbing more and more headlines. In this particular case, we’re dealing with a CPU powering four cores (duh!) and running at a clock speed of 1.9 GHz.

The only other detail known at the moment about the Asus Eee Pad “Taurus” is it runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Of course, considering the leak’s timing, we expect the gizmo to become official next month, during IFA, so be sure to check back with us in due time. Oh, and a little message for Cupertino. Be afraid! Be very afraid!

Via [GFX Bench]

HP ‘Bodhi’ Becomes Slate 8 Pro: 8-Inch Tablet with Android 4.2 and Tegra 4 CPU

Remember the enigmatic HP “Bodhi” device that we tracked down in a benchmark just 24 hours ago, but didn’t really know how to describe it and what to expect of it? I mean, it was clearly powered by Android and had a Tegra 4 CPU beneath the hood, but it could have been a tablet as much as a smartphone, all-in-one PC or God knows what kind of quirky hybrid thingamajig.

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Luckily, GFX Bench, the benchmarking website where we first spotted the “Bodhi”, filled in the blanks for us between yesterday and now, changing the mystery gadget’s name to… Slate 8 Pro.

Since a Slate 7 is already out and about, though not so very successful, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to forecast this Slate 8 Pro will be a follow-up of some sorts, with a larger, higher-res display, zippier processor, up to date software and all the works.

Some folks with a richer than average imagination might even assume the Slate 8 Pro will come capable of dual-booting Android 4.2 and Windows 8 Pro, but I for one don’t really see the point of such a thing. Then again, you can always count on HP to come out with pointless devices (the Slate 21 is just the first example off the top of my head).

HP Slate 8 Pro

Anyhow, let’s not forget to mention the Bodhi/Slate 8 Pro is expected to pack a Tegra 4 SoC clocked at 1.8 GHz and sport a rather bizarre 1,600 x 1,200 pix res (aka UXGA) panel. Bizarre, but crazy crisp if it’s to measure 8 inches, as the resulting pixel density would be 250 ppi.

On the whole, if all the above proves legit and HP will also cram 2 GB of RAM and a larger than 5,000 mAh battery inside the Slate 8 Pro, plus microSD support, I can see it give the new Nexus 7 or at least Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 a run for its money. “Money” being the key word there, as HP will need to price the 8-incher sensibly as well.

Who here thinks Hewlett-Packard will pull the entire thing off and become a worthy contender for the smaller than 10-inch tablet crown? And who reckons HP is simply throwing its money into a pit by trying to play catch up in the Android world? We’re all ears.

Via [GFX Bench]

NVIDIA Shield out of stock already with large demand

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The NVIDIA Shield was a questionable gaming device, at $299, it was more expensive than the alternative Android consoles, the Ouya and GameStick. The NVIDIA Shield could do more than both those consoles however, with PC streaming and a 6-inch screen for gaming on the go.

It seems the initial response to the NVIDIA Shield has been positive, with the company announcing they will have to bump up stock this next quarter to meet with demand set on the first batch selling out so quickly.

This is good news for NVIDIA, who have not been doing well in the processor space. With dwindling PC sales and a poor performance against Qualcomm in the mobile battle, they need this first party push to keep them afloat in the next two quarters.

We also get a first look at Tegra 4 on the gaming console, with no other manufacturer taking the new processor onto its device. Many have decided to go for the Snapdragon 800, possibly because of higher benchmarking score and due to Qualcomm’s reported cheap processor sale.

The NVIDIA Shield may work out for the company, but the question is how long can the momentum for this product stick. It does not need a gaming community, because it works on Android and Steam, but it needs people interested in playing the console instead of playing it on their PC or Android phone.

Source: GamesIndustry

HP Bodhi Emerges with Android 4.2, Tegra 4 CPU and UXGA Screen, But What Exactly Is It?

Historically speaking, HP has always had a moody love-hate relationship with Android, but it appears that’s bound to change. The Slate 7 might not be the most popular tablet in the world and the SlateBook x2 looks like a niche device unable to ever break into the mainstream.

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And yet rumors of an Android-based smartphone being prepped by HP have intensified of late. Plus, something carrying the cryptic HP “Bodhi” codename has been spotted in GFXBench’s database just a few hours ago.

By “cryptic” I mean we really have no idea what this Bodhi is. It could well be a smartphone, maybe even one tied with that “Brave” fellow, it could be a tablet or, knowing HP, it could just as well be a hybrid, all-in-one PC, Android-powered laptop, etc, etc.

Judging by the codename, we can definitely assume HP has high hopes for it, since “Bodhi” in Buddhism is the understanding possessed by a Buddha regarding the nature of things, being traditionally translated into English as “enlightenment”.

In terms of specs and features, we only have a few bits and pieces for the time being, but they’re enough to pique my curiosity. An Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz is listed as juicing the device, while the display boasts an exotically-sounding 1,600 x 1,128 pixels resolution.

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That’s most likely 1,600 x 1,200 (aka UXGA) with on-screen buttons, which as far as I know is a very unusual resolution for smartphones or tablets. In fact, according to Wikipedia, UXGA is not used in laptops in recent times either, but only in 20 to 22-inch monitors.

Hmm, does that mean we can narrow it down to Bodhi being either a gargantuan tablet or an all-in-one PC (probably running both Android and Windows)? It sure looks like it, though deep down I’ll still be rooting for this to be a smartphone.

On the software side of things, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is easy to spot in the “system” section of the gadget’s description, although I’m afraid we’ll have to wrap things up there. Again, for the time being only, because if HP plans to “enlighten” us, chances are we’re in for a leak bonanza. Starting in 3, 2, 1…

Via [GFXBench]

NVIDIA predicts drop in mobile processor sales due to Windows RT

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NVIDIA has had a rough transition from the PC era to the mobile era, with the Tegra processor line always being trumped by another company, when Tegra 3 was launched, the Snapdragon S4 Pro was fitted on most of the top-end smartphones.

Still, Tegra 3 managed to get some attention and NVIDIA has managed to keep gaining some profits every quarter, but the company says Q3 and Q4 this year may be hard fought, with the recent drop in mobile processor sales due to Windows RT failing to gain any traction.

The Windows Surface hit a $900 million loss and NVIDIA has to suffer the same loss for investing so much time and money into Windows RT. With ASUS and other manufacturers saying they do not feel confident with the Windows RT platform, it seems NVIDIA is not going to benefit anytime soon from its investment.

The Tegra 4 processor has yet to gain any traction on mobile, with the vast majority of manufacturers opting for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 and 800 chips. Not only has benchmark scores shown the Snapdragon 800 outperforms the Tegra 4, Qualcomm is also marketing the chips at a cheaper price, supposedly.

We believe NVIDIA will start dropping chip prices and may look for other ventures to invest in. With Samsung developing their own Exynos processor, NVIDIA needs to start hunting down all available manufacturers and try to sell the Tegra 4 for a lower cost.

Source: Bloomberg

Test the NVIDIA Shield in New York and San Francisco next month

NVIDIA is giving consumers a chance to try out the Shield Android gaming console. If you happen to be in New York or San Francisco in August, you can head over to one of four locations, where NVIDIA will open Shield Movie Theater Experience Centers. These centers will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the entire month, so that when you watch your summer movie, you can test the NVIDIA Shield, as well.

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In New York, the centers will be set up in the following locations: Garden State 16 – 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, New Jersey; and New Roc Stadium 18 – 33 Lecount Place, New Rochelle, New York. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the addresses are Cupertino 16 – 10123 North Wolfe Road, Cupertino, California; and Mercado 20 – 3111 Mission College Boulevard., Santa Clara, California.

It would be recalled that some third-party mechanical problems postponed the launch of the Android gaming console from June to this month. The company had also slashed $50 off the price of the Shield, bringing it down from $349 to $299, supposedly to make the product more attractive to consumers.

The device, which will be pitted against the Xbox One and the PS4, comes with the super-fast NVIDIA Tegra 4 Quad Core Mobile Processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5 inch 1280×720 Multi-Touch Retinal Quality Display with 294 ppi, 16GB of internal storage, and support for 802.11n 2×2 Mimo Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, Mini-HDMI output, Micro-USB 2.0, and MicroSD expansion. It will also sport integrated stereo speakers, a microphone, and an audio jack. Out of the box, the device will offer Sonic 4 Episode II THD and Expendable: Rearmed, but it will allow consumers to download games from both NVIDIA TegraZone and Google Play.

The shipping date for the pre-ordered NVIDIA Shield consoles is still unknown at present. If all goes according to the new schedule, the Android gaming console will arrive late this month, just several days before to the company’s opening of the Shield Movie Theater Experience Centers.

via androidcentral

Upcoming Acer tablet rumored to pack Tegra 4 chip, 2560 x 1344-pixel display

Acer is reportedly preparing a monster of a tablet, with the 1.8GHz NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 4 chip, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and a WQHD or “Retina display,” as some would call it. Such display possibly has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The information on the mystery tablet, currently known as comes from Passmark and Nenamark benchmark results that were found by Notebook Italia. Liliputing also speculates that there could be 2GB of RAM onboard.

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It is worth noting that the benchmark results actually indicate that the tablet, which has the model number TA272HUL, has a resolution of 2560 x 1344 pixels. However, some of those pixels are often occupied by the Android menu bar, so it is likely that the resolution will only be around 2560 x 1440 pixels, as mentioned above.

Its benchmark test ratings are shown to be better than the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-19300), Samsung SGH-1747, Asus Nexus 7, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Optimus 2X, and the Samsung Galaxy S. When compared to the Asus Nexus 7, the Acer TA272HUL has a score that is roughly two times better.

Acer’s new tablet may be an answer to the Transformer Pad Infinity, which ASUS announced during Computex last month. An updated version of their flagship tablet, the Transformer Pad Infinity boasts of a 1.9GHz quad-core Tegra 4 chip, a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, and support for 4K-resolution output via HDMI. If the leaked benchmark test results are authentic, and Acer does release the tablet, it could provide some competition with the Transformer Pad Infinity, especially if the Acer TA272HUL turns out to be a device with more or less the same dimensions.

Acer has not made any official announcements, or even dropped hints about the leaked device, so far. This year, the company seemed to focus more on launching budget tablets. At this point, there is no telling whether what we saw in the benchmark results is a real, upcoming tablet, or merely a prototype. If it is indeed a new tablet that is heading our way, more rumors and leaks like these may be expected to arrive in the near future.

via androidcommunity, liliputing, notebook italia