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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.

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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.

Nexus 9

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.

HTC Nexus 9 outed by NVIDIA’s legal documents

NVIDIA - Nexus 9

Chip maker NVIDIA has posted a lengthy legal document on its website regarding the patent infringement suit it has filed against Qualcomm and Samsung. While it appears to be quite a regular piece of document, the mention of the Tegra K1 powered HTC Nexus 9 has grabbed our attention.

Considering the hype around the next Nexus tablet, it’s likely that this is a slip up from NVIDIA which wasn’t meant to happen. Either way, this comes as confirmation that the upcoming Nexus tablet is indeed made by HTC and will be powered by the powerful Tegra K1 SoC.

Nexus 9 - NVIDIA

The document also mentions that the tablet will be announced sometime in Q3, although no specific date was provided. Considering that we’re in the last few weeks of Q3, the launch should, at least in theory, take place before the end of September. But since launches are usually postponed, so we won’t be surprised if the announcement was pushed to early October as initially rumored. Either way, the fact that confirmation is coming directly from NVIDIA is very reassuring for us fans.

What do you make of this new revelation?

Source: NVIDIA

Via: Droid-Life

Nexus 9 allegedly confirmed to be packing a Tegra K1 chipset

NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC

NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC

There has been plenty of talk about the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet from HTC. And some of these reports have mentioned that the tablet will be packing NVIDIA’s top of the line Tegra K1 SoC. And a new benchmark listing coming from CPU-Z has reaffirmed these reports with the tablet shown to be running the said chipset with a clock speed of 2.5 GHz.

The Tegra K1 is believed to be a lot powerful compared to the current crop of mobile SoCs, particularly in the graphics department. So it’s clear that Google is looking for the best on its upcoming tablet. Considering that HTC is making the device, we can expect a premium design as well.

Apart from the Tegra K1 chipset, the Nexus 9 is also expected to be featuring an 8.9 inch 1440 x 2048 resolution display, 4GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and a more polished version of Android L. There is still no clarity on when the Nexus 9 will be announced, but reports have indicated that it could be sooner than expected. Considering that the Nexus 7 was announced in July last year, we should see an announcement of the Nexus 9 anytime soon now.

Via: TK Tech News

NVIDIA Shield Tablet Coming Soon With Gamestream Support

NVIDIA already has a portable Android gaming system out in the market called the Shield and it plans to add another one soon. The upcoming device is reportedly going to be called the NVIDIA Shield tablet and will use the company’s powerful Tegra K1 processor. It’s also going to come with Gamestream support which means that it will not only play Android games but PC games as well.

Nvidia Shield Tablet

The difference between the current Shield device and the upcoming Shield Tablet is that the former has physical controls attached to a 5 inch touchscreen display. The latter is purely a tablet although we still don’t have any information as to what its display size is going to be.

The recently reported NVIDIA Mocha which is a 7.9-inch tablet that has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and uses a Tegra K1 processor with a clock speed of 2.1 GHz could very well be the NVIDIA Shield tablet. There’s a big possibility that the company will be placing the Shield branding on this device as its hardware specifications fits that of a gaming system.

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NVIDIA already has a tablet out in the market called the Tegra Note 7 that uses a Tegra 4 CPU. This device has a 7-inch display and is priced at $199. It’s also not sold directly by the company rather its partners such as EVGA and ZOTAC are selling the device under different brand names.

The Tegra Note 7 couldn’t possibly be the Shield tablet that the company is planning to release for the simple reason that it is not able to support the Gamestream feature. For Gamestream to work it needs to be able to access 5 GHz Wi-Fi network, something which the Tegra Note 7 could not do.

Everything therefore points out to the NVIDIA Mocha getting a Shield branding soon. If you’ve missed the report on this, data on this device was released last week over at GFXBench however it has already been removed. The benchmark results suggest that the Mocha is going to use the powerful Tegra K1 processor and that it will have a 7-inch display with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space. The Tegra K1 chip uses four Cortex-A15 cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.1 GHz.

Although consumers have been playing games on tablets for quite some time now, NVIDIA wants to change this by offering something unique. The main selling point of the Shield tablet is its ability to stream PC games. Of course certain requirements must first be met such as having a desktop or a laptop with the right hardware.

  • GPU: Desktop ( GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPU),Notebook (GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M and select Kepler-based GTX 600M)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8 GHz or higher
  • System Memory: 4 GB or higher
  • Software: GeForce Experience application and latest GeForce drivers
  • OS: Windows 8 or Windows 7
  • Routers: 802.11a/g router (minimum). 802.11n dual band router (recommended)

Once the hardware requirements are met consumers will be able to stream PC titles such as World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and DOTA 2 on the Shield tablet.

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Lenovo Terminator S9 Is The First Smart TV With NVIDIA Tegra K1 Chip

NVIDIA officially announced its latest chip called the Tegra K1 last January saying that it was designed for use in desktops, notebooks, and supercomputers. This low-power chip which is based on the Kepler architecture uses an ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core CPU and has a GPU with 192 cores. Having a powerful graphics chip makes it perfect for use in smart TVs which makes perfect sense that it is being used in the Lenovo Terminator S9 Smart TV.

Lenovo Terminator S9

The Lenovo Terminator S9 is the first smart TV to use the Tegra K1 chip. This 50-inch TV has a 4K display and runs on a custom version of Android 4.2 that allows consumers to run their favorite apps and games on a large screen. If this sounds impressive then you probably will be amazed by the fact that consumers can easily upgrade the Tegra K1 with a much more powerful chip in the future.

Lenovo introduces the Smart Card feature with this TV model which the company says will be used in all of its future Smart TV models. The Smart Card is what makes the TV set a smart TV. It is a removable card about the size of a deck of cards that houses the Tegra K1 chip, microUSB, and the microSD port. A leaked AnTuTu benchmark report also indicates that the Smart Card may also have 2GB of RAM as well as 4GB of storage space.

The Smart Card plugs at the back of the Terminator S9 using a proprietary 70-pin connector and gives the TV set its smart features. A Bluetooth remote is included which has a red power button and a circular touchpad in the middle allowing customers to navigate through the menu of the TV set.

Lenovo says that it will soon be selling TV sets that will have a slot for the Smart Card. Anyone can buy a TV set without getting the Smart Card however the TV will not have any smart functionality. The Smart Card will be offered separately and allows customers to upgrade their TV into a smart TV.

As of now the Lenovo Terminator S9 is only available to the Chinese market however the company is planning to make it available in other regions as well. This TV set costs 6,000RMB ($970) while the Smart Card costs 1,000RMB ($160).

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NVIDIA Tegra K1 benchmarks reveal incredible performance

Tegra K1

Tegra K1The recently announced NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset has just been benchmarked on one of NVIDIA’s prototype devices, revealing incredible performance from the chipset. The comparison chart above shows the likes of the Apple iPad Air, iPad Mini (Apple A7 chipset), the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) and Intel i5 and i7 running Ultrabooks.

This is very good news for NVIDIA which could find more hardware partners this year compared to what it did in 2013 where Tegra 4 devices started hitting markets only in the second half of the year, which is when the Snapdragon 800 emerged as the ultimate mobile SoC.

The Tegra K1 appears to be suited for tablets, so we might see increased tablet adoption from manufacturers. NVIDIA’s own Tegra Note reference design will most likely get an update later this year with support for the new K1 chipset. The successor to the partially successful Shield handheld gaming console will be something to look forward to as well, given the raw power that the Tegra K1 brings to the table.

Source: WCCF Tech

Via: Phone Arena