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    In the early days of March, our attention is going to be hugely focused on MWC in Barcelona. Companies the world around will be descending upon Spain to share all their latest products and services, and we're sure to see the launch of some very high-profile flagship devices. But not everyone is headed to MWC to talk about their latest stuff, and today we see NVIDIA start distributing invites for a March 3 event of its own, set to take place in San Francisco. All NVIDIA's saying at the moment is that this announcement will be all about gaming, and that the company plans to share some news ...

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    As we demand more and more features from the smartphones, tablets, and wearables that hit the market, one thing is consistent: everything requires more power. And that power comes from the chips inside these products, the latest of which is the NVIDIA Tegra X1, seemingly one of the best to come out thus far. NVIDIA has just taken the wraps off of the product at a press event in Las Vegas for CES, so let's have ourselves a look. The chip is meant as a successor to last year's Tegra K1, which also used CES as a launchpad. It features a 256-core Maxwell-based GPU as well as an 8-core CPU, ...

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    One year ago, if you had asked us to name some companies to consider when you're in the market for an affordable, high-spec Android tablet, we'd rattle off a few names... with NVIDIA not really among them. While 2013's Tegra Note 7 was an interesting foray into the world of budget tablets, its specs weren't much to talk about, and NVIDIA was a pretty unproven entity when it came to Android software support. But a year later we have the Shield Tablet, and while the price is up, the hardware has taken a hefty leap forward, too – it may even be a better deal than the Nexus 9. Even our ...

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    We're just about one month away from the next Project Ara dev conference, where Google is sure to have plenty to announce about its work towards the first commercially focused, highly modular smartphone hardware platform. We got a little taste earlier this month as imagery of the next-gen Ara prototype board was published, and this week Google's got some more Ara details to share, as it reveals what sort of processor options are in the works for Ara. You might remember old talk about Toshiba chips for Ara, but that's not the phone's main SoC: instead, Toshiba has crafted the silicon making ...

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    After one too many leftover turkey sandwiches, topped-off with near-lethal doses of gravy, Thanksgiving – and the lazy weekend that follows it – is over for another year. If you're like many shoppers, you took a break from the food on Friday, bundled up against the cold, and headed out to try snagging yourself a Black Friday deal or two. And while all the Black Friday savings may be behind us, there's one last hurrah to be had, as retailers take one more big stab at getting your holiday shopping dollar, offering today's Cyber Monday savings. Now, some of the deals we mentioned for ...

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    Need something to be thankful about this Thanksgiving? If you've bought an NVIDIA product recently, the sweet treat you may be about to receive will fit the bill. A first for LTE tablets, the SHIELD Tablet LTE Lollipop update has begun its rollout right before Turkey Day. In case you don't recall, the SHIELD Tablet runs a nearly-stock build of Android, with a few NVIDIA improvements sprinkled in here and there. The update brings with it an enhanced version of the Dabbler drawing application, and there's still NVIDIA's GRID, free for the device until June 30, 2015. As far as we can tell, ...

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    Samsung is definitely not having its best couple of quarters when it comes to its economics, but we wish this was the only drama the Korean giant faces right now. We've seen the continuous patent lawsuits that the company has lost against Apple, and we also know this is not the only lawsuit Samsung faces. NVIDIA is another company that's currently battling Samsung over patents, and some recent developments might complicate things even more. NVIDIA has recently announced that the ITC (US International Trade Commission) has voted to investigate whether certain of Samsung's recent devices ...

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    One of the more surprising device launches of last year was of Nvidia's Shield handheld, an Android-powered mini console with a host of nifty Nvidia utilities. We, along with many others, felt the device grow on us with the passage of time, so we're glad to see support for the device is still top-notch, as evidenced by today's Nvidia Shield update bringing with it some bugfixes. The update comes in at a beefy 480MB, quite large for an update of this caliber, but all of these fixes are very much welcome – those screen rotation issues and the disappearing Twitch icon certainly sound like ...

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    A couple months back, NVIDIA introduced mobile gamers to its latest hardware: instead of a new Shield handheld (now the Shield Portable), we saw the company introduce its Tegra-K1-powered Shield Tablet. With an eight-inch full HD display, support for the company's Shield wireless controller, and a very affordable $300 starting price tag, it was sounding pretty good – but for as tempting as that 16GB WiFi-only $300 model was, the 32GB version teased LTE support for just $100 more. Now that higher-end Shield tablet is finally ready to arrive, as pre-orders open for the LTE model. Orders of ...

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    The new Nexus hardware season is approaching, with our eyes not just on a next-gen Nexus smartphone, but an overdue tablet, as well. Our best guesses as of late have zeroed-in on Motorola as a possible manufacture for the phone, but what about the tablet? More than once over the past several months we've talked about the idea of HTC building the device, and such rumors had often been accompanied by claims that the slate might run a new NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC. Today we get what may be some of the best evidence to date in favor of that idea, as NVIDIA outright names the Nexus 9 in paperwork ...

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    If you're the sort of tech enthusiast who likes paying attention to the specs, by now you've no doubt heard about the NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC, the company's latest offering. It introduced the chip back at CES in January, and lately we've been hearing about a lot of hardware that will take advantage of the K1, from Google's Project Tango dev tablet, to the new NVIDIA Shield Tablet, and maybe even that rumored HTC Nexus tablet. But what's easy to miss is that there are two versions of this hardware, a 32-bit quad-core A15 version, and an upcoming 64-bit edition. This week, NVIDIA turned the ...

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    Earlier this month, details started coming together in a hurry about NVIDIA's plans for its latest Android hardware, and we rounded last week out with a detailed leak seeming to reveal all about the company's new Shield Tablet. The hardware specs and product shots making up that find were accompanied by rumors of a July 22 launch date, and just as promised, NVIDIA has gone ahead and formally unveiled its new gaming lineup. The Shield Tablet is the star of the show, with an eight-inch 1080p display and Tegra K1 SoC. It will work with NVIDIA's GameStream PC-streaming tech, as well as third ...

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    This summer we've been trying to work out what's next for NVIDIA and its Android hardware, focusing on what new Shield products might be coming. We saw something at the FCC that might be a new Shield handheld console, and there's been talk of a Shield tablet, as well. Yesterday, the tablet part of that equation started coming into focus, with a render depicting hardware that borrowed its look from last year's Tegra Note. But what about the handheld with the integrated controller? And what of specs could we look forward to from that tablet? Answers may be at our door, as a new leak sheds a ...

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    What new Android hardware will NVIDIA deliver this year? So far we've been talking about two devices this summer, a new Shield handheld console – basically an Android phone (sans cellular radio) with integrated gaming controller – as well as a Shield tablet. As time goes on, though, a lack of new Shield 2 evidence has us wondering if that FCC listing from last month really was just a wireless controller (rather than a full-fledged gaming system), and if the Shield tablet alone might be the direction the company's taking for its 2014 hardware. Today we get our first look at how the ...

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    NVIDIA's slow crawl back from a 2013 that saw OEMs everywhere turn their backs on the company's chips continues as we get into summer, and expectations turn to some new Shield hardware. Following early rumors, last month gave us our best look yet at what might be a second-gen Shield console (though the jury's still out on that), with the arrival of some FCC paperwork. Now we're wondering if NVIDIA might not extend the Shield brand to a tablet, as evidence of such a beast shows its face at the Global Certification Forum. The idea of NVIDIA releasing another tablet isn't new; benchmarks form ...

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    Looking to splurge on a game console for a little summertime gaming? The NVIDIA SHIELD is without doubt one of the best options, and it seems like it has been getting better all the time, with updates and new games coming in at a steady pace. In case the already-discounted price wasn't enough to convince you to drop the cash, though, this additional Google Play offer may just do the trick. The SHIELD itself is $199 as part of a limited-time NVIDIA offer, which some may argue is already a great price for the level of hardware you get out of it, but using a special link you'll be able to get ...

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    This past winter, Google let us know about one of its latest advanced Android experiments, the reality-mapping Project Tango. Using some Kinect-like sensors, the handset's designed to be able to scan its surroundings and create 3D maps. Google's already made that hardware available to developers, but more recently we heard about a new spin on Project Tango, with word that Google was working on a seven-inch Tango tablet that would be released sometime this month. Well, we're still not sure just when it might ship, but Google has gone ahead and announced its Project Tango Tablet Development ...

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    When we saw NVIDIA slash the price on its Shield Android-based portable gaming console back in March, it started to feel like this model was on its last legs; what was supposed to be a “limited time” discount ending over a month ago is still available to this day, as if NVIDIA is clearing stock. All this had us expecting a Shield successor to be arriving shortly, and sure enough it wasn't long before we were hearing hardware rumors about a Shield 2. This week, those rumors get some teeth, as we spot a new NVIDIA model hitting the FCC that sure appears to be another Shield system. While ...

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    We're now less than a month away from Google I/O 2014, and that means we will start seeing more frequent leaks of what exactly Google has in store for us at the developer conference. One of the things we have been expecting this year is a Nexus 7 refresh, as the current model is approaching its one-year birthday. Leaks of an HTC-manufactured Nexus 8 have already slowly started streaming out of Mountain View, but this latest one possibly adds some critical details to the leaks of weeks past. Allegedly found in Android source code, this information on Flounder (the Nexus 8's supposed ...

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    NVIDIA has done a lot in the last two years in order to gain some traction in the mobile space. After the disappointments of the Tegra 3, and the lukewarm reception of the Tegra 4, it's clear that the company needed to deliver on its promise of giving us the best mobile processor the market could ask for. This year we saw the NVIDIA Tegra K1 announced at CES, and after almost six months since this announcement, we finally saw the Xiaomi Mi Pad announced with it today, and now that it's been benchmarked, we have something to talk about. In new benchmarks, the Tegra K1 was compared to the ...

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    NVIDIA had a rough year in 2013 when it came to its SoC business. After the Tegra 3 and Tegra 2 before it were featured on a number of high-profile phones and tablets, OEMs balked at the Tegra 4, and we saw it used in few devices outside those NVIDIA directly had a hand in making. Now the company's got its new Tegra K1, an apparent powerhouse of a chip revealed back at CES in January. Will the K1 succeed where the Tegra 4 failed? That remains to be seen, but today we get the ball rolling as we learn about one of the first devices to feature a K1, the Xiaomi Mi Pad. Let's not beat around ...

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    About a month back, we started getting the sense that NVIDIA was cleaning house in preparation for a second generation Shield portable gaming console, knocking the price on existing units down to $200. But if there really is a new Shield just around the corner, what might we be able to expect from the model? We've already shared with you some of our thoughts on how NVIDIA can capture gamers' interest with a Shield 2, but today we get our first taste of hardware specifics, with some benchmark data revealing some pretty compelling specs for the handheld. According to this AnTuTu data, gone ...

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    I have so many mixed feelings about the NVIDIA SHIELD. Most do. It was such an intriguing product – at least in theory – at first. Some of its specifications are drool-worthy. Specifically, the Tegra 4. In my short time with the device, the Tegra 4 was a monster chip. Clocked at 1.9GHz, the quad-core Cortex A15 CPU, paired with the 72-core GeForce GPU, blew through the most graphically intense games found on Android without a problem – hot knife through butter. It also has 2GB RAM, 16GB of fixed storage, a microSD card slot, massive 28.8Wh battery, a 5-inch 720p LCD, and some massive ...

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    Last year's NVIDIA Shield was an intriguing concept that never really managed to catch on with mainstream gamers. While the console offered quality hardware controls, it was also just as expensive as a full-on smartphone (well, a Nexus phone, at least), retailing for about $300. NVIDIA tried to sweeten the deal by delivering new features by way of updates, but so far it just hasn't been able to win over many hearts. Today the company took one more stab at making Shield more attractive, announcing a new price, new features, and a very popular exclusive game. Starting today, and running all ...

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    2013 was the year when NVIDIA's efforts to remain relevant in the always-changing smartphone and tablet industry hit a brick wall: OEM interest in the Tegra 4 seemed practically nonexistent, and it wasn't until NVIDIA started designing hardware of its own (incorporating its SoCs, naturally), that many consumers even saw Tegra 4-running devices become available. First it revealed the NVIDIA Shield gaming system, followed late last summer by the Tegra Note tablet. The latter was an interesting concept, with NVIDIA providing the silicon and the basic design, but letting other companies ...

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