Nvidia has announced a new, gaming-focused portable in the form of the Shield Tablet. The device, which packs some high-end specs including an Nvidia Tegra K1 GPU, aims to be the go-to portable for gamers, and supports a specially designed controller. Like the Shield handheld
that the company launched last year, the new tablet runs on Android, but also has the ability to locally stream PC games.
A year after introducing the world to the mighty Tegra 4
mobile chip, Nvidia has pulled back the CES curtain on a new member of the Tegra family. The company says that the Tegra K1, which boasts a quad-core CPU and a whopping 192-core GPU, should open the door to next-gen PC-class gaming on hand-held mobile devices.
LG has announced that its 5-inch, 4:3 aspect Optimus Vu smartphone/tablet will be released in worldwide this September. LG says that healthy sales figures for the Optimus Vu
since its March debut in South Korea and recent launch in Japan through NTT DoCoMo demonstrate widespread acceptance of the not-quite-a-tablet-but-bigger-than-a-smartphone form factor.
Summer in the northern hemisphere this year has so far been a bit of a disappointment. Mobile music lovers can at least look forward to a new batch of Walkman digital music and video players from Sony while we wait for the sun to shine. The new additions include three 7-mm (0.275-inch) thin models and new flagship series players that run on the Ice Cream Sandwich flavor of Google's Android operating platform. Two feature Bluetooth technology for wireless connection to headphones or speaker docks, and there's one that benefits from noise-canceling circuitry.
NVIDIA has been promising to put some impressive processing power in the palm of our hands with its Tegra 3 processor – previously known as Kal-El
– for a while now. Teasing us with demos of dynamic lighting
enabled by the chip’s quad-cores and impressive energy efficiency statistics
made possible by a fifth “companion core.” While ASUS led us to believe that it would be launching the first tablet to be powered by the Tegra 3 – the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime - on November 9, it appears we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer. ASUS has, however, provided the remaining details on the tablet to tide us over until the tablet’s worldwide launch in December.
us back in May that its Kal-El Project quad-core system-on-a-chip platform for mobile devices would come as a "battery-friendly" solution, although without giving details at the time. The company has recently outlined the secret behind Kal-El's energy efficiency - it's a technology called Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing (vSMP), which is based on an extra fifth "companion core" designed to perform less demanding tasks in the background.
Quad-core CPU and a 12-core GPU in a tablet or smartphone? That's exactly what NVIDIA promised
three months ago and the company has now shown what its newest system-on-a-chip (SoC) is capable of. Dubbed Kal-El, it looks to be an outstanding performer in terms of dynamic lighting and movement.
If the 7-inch display on HTC's Flyer
is not quite big enough, but Samsung's 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab
is just a little too big, then LG's Optimus Pad could just fit the bill. Said to offer more comfortable one-handed portability, the Tegra 2-powered tablet with stereoscopic cameras is about to make its public debut in Japan.