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    Anyone remember when Tegra SoCs powered such varied and popular devices as the Motorola Atrix 4G, OG Nexus 7, Microsoft Surface and Surface 2, HTC One X and One X+? Those were the times for NVIDIA, which then inexplicably lost the battle for smartphone and tablet processor supremacy with Qualcomm, also failing to compete against the likes of MediaTek on affordability. Nowadays, you can count on the fingers of one hand the semi-relevant commercial products packing Tegra K1 or X1 punch: the homebrewed NVIDIA Shield Tablet, HTC Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, and another one of the Santa ...

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    When it’s not busy investigating carriers for their dubious mobile security update practices, the US Federal Communications Commission often acts as an official tipster of sorts, revealing precious information on as-yet unreleased products. The latest such device to break its cover while seeking the FCC’s regulatory approval is likely the highly anticipated and long overdue follow-up to the 2014-dispatched 8-inch NVIDIA Shield. Technically, the compact gaming tablet was already refreshed last fall, but with only a lower price tag, no stylus support and everything else staying the same, ...

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    The original NVIDIA Shield Tablet had Android Marshmallow coming to it. The update was billed as not having much adulteration, but it was apparently not tinkered around with enough. Shield owners who have received the update have reportedly lost Wi-Fi connection. The company posted in its forums that it was stopping the OTA roll-out to investigate why those problems are happening. It has suggested to those affected that they should reboot, then factory reset, then powering off their tablets for a few hours. Users then subsequently found that the Wi-Fi MAC address set to 02:00:00:00:00:00, ...

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    It’s not every day that you see an Android tablet manufacturer unveil basically the same exact product as a year before, just with a slightly tweaked name, lower price and no bundled-in accessories. But NVIDIA did at least promise to update the Tegra K1-powered 8-inch Shield to Marshmallow shortly after its debut. The gaming specialist will be looking to make good on the vow before Christmas, but first, a few details about what’s coming. In a nutshell, everything you’re already familiar with, plus a couple of exclusive, custom-built goodies. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, ...

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    It seems like such a long time ago that NVIDIA-developed Tegra SoCs ruled the mobile world, powering devices as diverse as the Motorola Atrix 4G and first-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in 2011, the original Nexus 7 and HTC One X the following year, and the Microsoft Surface 2 in 2013. For the past couple of years, Tegras have slowly slipped towards oblivion, with the K1 model used only on the Nexus 9, homebrewed Shield Tablet, and Xiaomi Mi Pad. But if you thought that was bad, NVIDIA found it even harder to score third-party support for the X1, unveiled way back at CES in January 2015, and ...

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    NVIDIA was having a rough go of things with its Android-based hardware earlier this year, as not one, but two products suffered from some pretty public failures. Before the manufacturer found itself dealing with failing hard drives in Shield Pro Android TV boxes, it was ordering a recall for Shield Tablet units, after the discovery that bad batteries posed a fire risk. That news was followed by NVIDIA putting a halt to tablet sales, but now it's ready to try a second stab at things as it brings the tablet back under a tweaked name, the Shield Tablet K1. What's changed? Well, aside from ...

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    NVIDIA's already having a hard enough go at it in mobile: many of the manufacturers who once found themselves using the company's SoCs have moved on to components form other manufacturers, leaving NVIDIA to turn largely to its own hardware to showcase it latest silicon. And with products like the Shield Portable being a bit of a niche item, the company's Android TV box a difficult sell (despite its powerful hardware – Android set-top boxes in general are tricky to push), and the Shield Tablet a much lower-profile option than other affordable Android tablets, NVIDIA needs as many sales of ...

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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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    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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    With all the news about Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google's flagship tablet (the Nexus 9), and Apple's updated iPads, it might be easy for some to forget that those aren't the only tablets available these days. Google's recent "Be together. Not the same." ad campaign illustrates what I'm talking about. If you're in the States and want a Nexus 9 you can head over to the Play Store and pre-order one that will ship by November 3rd. If you're not in the States, if the Nexus 9 is too big, or if you're looking for something a little different, there are some other tablets that you might want to ...

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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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    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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