OUYA to get annual hardware refreshes
Indy console maker OUYA has said that it plans to roll out a new console on an annual basis, much like many mobile handset makers do with their flagship models, reports Engadget. The revelation follows Nvidia’s announcement that Tegra 4 devices will be shipping soon, while the OUYA console will begin shipping in March with the older Tegra 3 chipset. As with most mobile games, however, OUYA promises that new titles will be backwards-compatible previous generations.
BLU Products tackling off contract market with Quattro handsets
Latin-owned BLU Products has rolled out its new line of quad-core based smartphones running Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The Quattro 4.5, Quattro 4.5 HD and Quattro 5.7 HD all center on large displays of 4.5-inches and up to 5.7-inches, while all run Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean.’ BLU Products is targetting the lineup at the unlocked market, pricing the products accordingly.
NVIDIA TegraZone gives Windows RT a gaming boost
NVIDIA TegraZone has finally made its way to Windows RT, adding a gaming boost to Tegra 3 devices running Windows RT. The most prominent Tegra 3 powered Windows RT device to hit the market is the Microsoft Surface, with both NVIDIA and Microsoft hoping its arrival on the platform makes a splash. Games available through the TegraZone portal have been optimized to take full advantage of the Tegra 3’s graphics performance.
Quad-core processor to have fifth Battery Saver Core
Details of Nvidia's next mobile chipset have surfaced, in the form of a presentation slide. The image claims that Tegra 4, codenamed "Wayne" in the slide, will have 72 cores for graphical content, giving the chipset six times the power of Tegra 3 and twenty times that of the chipset generation before that, Tegra 2.
Microsoft puts the Surface tablet with Windows RT up for pre-order
Microsoft’s eagerly anticipated Surface tablet is now up for pre-order in eight countries. The first version up for the taking runs Windows RT on an ARM-based Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. Prices start at $499 for a 32GB model without the vaunted Touch Cover, with a shipping date of October 26.
Keeps physical design, changes internals
HTC has officially announced its follow-up to its well-received One X. Using the same physical design as its predecessor, the One X+ contains a number of improvements to its internals. The biggest change is the inclusion of a 1.7GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, matching details rumored earlier this month.
Vivo Tabs shown off at IFA with major specs officially confirmed
At the currently ongoing IFA show, ASUS took the wraps off a pair of tablets running on Windows 8. Called the Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT, they both dock with hardware keyboards to turn them into netbooks of a sort. Each was seen before, with the former carrying the Tablet 810 name when it showed up undergoing FCC testing while the latter was called Tablet 600.
Stability issues force release of lower 1.8GHz kernel
The Google Nexus 7's processor has been overclocked to run at 2GHz. Enthusiasts at the XDA-Developers forum have managed to make the tablet hit the speed after tinkering with the kernel, which pushes the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor far higher than its factory-clocked 1.3GHz state. Android Community tested the kernal, and found the overclocked Nexus 7 manages to beat out the Asus Transformer Prime by a hefty margin in benchmarks.
Upcoming Xperia tablet will arrive in September starting at $400
A newly updated XDA Developers forum thread has revealed new photos of Sony's upcoming Xperia-branded tablet, along with some other key information. The design mirrors that of the Tablet S that launched in 2011, though it is thinner. Otherwise, the tablet gets the same 9.4-inch, 1,280x800-pixel touchscreen.
Asus launches high-res Transformer Pad Infinity
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF 700 will go on sale for $499 in July. First seen at the World Mobile Congress, the 10.1-inch tablet incorporate the highest resolution display yet on an Android tablet in this class at 1920x1200. The Wi-Fi-only model is powered by an NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 processor while the 4G LTE version is powered a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 ‘Krait’ dual-core processor.
LG 's Galaxy S III challenger goes on sale
LG’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S III, the LG Optimus 4X HD, is now on sale in Europe. Like HTC’s current HTC One X international flagship, the Optimus 4X HD runs Nvidia’s 1.5 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor. German customers will be the first to get their hands on it, followed by the Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and Italy with more countries across the globe to follow.
Alleged photos of upcoming ASUS-made Google Nexus tablet show up
Rumors of a Nexus-branded, low-cost tablet date back to mid-March, and now some purported images of the device have been shared online by PhoneArena. According to the photos, the ASUS-made device will have a white-faced front panel and a two-tone back, along with an ear speaker slit, suggesting the tablet will have phone functionality as well. The 7-inch device may also sport a front-facing camera, rear camera and all the usual sensors.
Galaxy S III lands in Australia in white, blue to follow
The Samsung Galaxy S III has gone on sale in Australia with the Exynos 4412 quad-core model on sale initially. The Marble White model in 16GB is available immediately, with the 32GB listed as coming soon. The Pebble Blue model, which Samsung recently confirmed as having issues with its special paint process, is listed as available for pre-order now although shipments won’t start for 10 days. Australians will also soon have the choice of the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon LTE variant with 2GB with Telstra saying that it is currently negotiating with Samsung to bring it to its new 4G network.
Company boasts of Tegra 3 adoption
As part of Nvidia's annual investor meeting, the company's GM of Tegra operations, Mike Rayfield, boasted that the quad-core Tegra 3 platform is proving to be quite popular, powering 30 different smartphones that are expected to arrive on the market before the end of the year. Nearly half of the models are said to carry a transfer price below $300, in contrast to current Tegra 3-equipped phones that tend toward the high end of the price spectrum.
Kai platform to democratize Tegra 3 system-on-chip
At its annual investor meeting, Nvidia unveiled a new platform, known as Kai, which the company hopes will allow for the production of quad-core Android 4.0 tablets that are priced comparably to Amazon's Kindle Fire. The Kai project is both a reference tablet design, which could be turned into a consumer product, and a roadmap for the development of similar low-priced but powerful tablets.
HTC One X at AT&T, Rogers, other carriers gets rooted
The developers over at the XDA Developer's Forum, and kennethpen in particular, have now released a one-click root for the HTC One X. This time around, however, the AT&T, Rogers and other carrier-locked versions got the attention, and users still need to plug it into their computers to copy the needed files, be they Linux-, Windows-, or OS X-powered. The bootloader on the handset remains locked, however.
European unlocked HTC One X update brings fixes
The HTC One X is getting its first official software update in Europe, Android Central reported. The 30MB over-the-air update, version 1.28.401.9, fixes some bugs as well, including removing the on-screen menu key within some apps such as YouTube. The auto brightness levels are also now less pronounced, and battery life is said to be extended.
HTC One S for T-Mo nails speed tests
The HTC One Sfor T-Mobile has surfaced undergoing benchmark testing and the results are impressive. Its dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) processor shows a result that it is more than twice as fast as the Samsung dual-core Exynos processor at the heart of the Galaxy Nexus in its Quadrant score. Where the Galaxy Nexus scores around 2,000 on the benchmark, the HTC One S pushes past 4,000 giving it the crown, alongside its similarly powered sibling, the HTC One X.
Toshiba AT270 tablet shows up in a press image
A newly leaked press image of an unknown tablet has been shared online by Pocketnow, and it's believed to be a near production-ready version of Toshiba's AT270 tablet we had a chance to put our hands on at Mobile World Congress. The images do show off the fact the tablet will be running on Google's Android 4.0, though it's very barebones, with no extraneous apps usually found on tablets. The Android Market icon is just that, however, and does not yet reflect the new switch to the Google Play branding.
ASUS global VP said company wants to top tablets
ASUS' global vice president Xu Youjia, while speaking at conference in China earlier this week, revealed the company aims to be the top tablet maker, behind only Apple and its iPad. In order to do so, Youjia indicated the company will innovate rather than follow others, though any specifics, technical or otherwise, weren't shared by the China Times. The company's current flagship tablet is the quad-core Transformer Prime, which uses NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor.
HTC France schedules One event for April 5
HTC France has just shared details of an event scheduled for April 5 over on its Facebook page. The image shows the HTC One X, and the event is expected to be devoted to its European debut. Fittingly, it's one day after a joint HTC and Sprint event in the US, which is also likely to debut a version of the device.
Upcoming Sony V150 tablet may get Tegra 3 CPU
Sony may be working on an NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered tablet codenamed the V150, an online NenaMark benchmark benchmark indicates. The quad-core device would run on Android 4.0 as well, and scored a 59.70 on the single test it's been run through. This compares to the nearly 60 average score of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone and the 42.7 scored by a Pantech P4100 tablet with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU on a single run.
Snapdragon S4, Tegra 3 coming to Win 8 devs
With Windows 8 Consumer Preview being released on Wednesday and the announcement it will support ARM mobile chips, Qualcomm revealed it will supply hardware for developers who make software for ARM-powered tablets. NVIDIA will have a similar program in place, with tablets using its quad-core Tegra 3 chips sent out to programmers. Qualcomm Snapdragon S4-based test devices will be distributed to developers at Qualcomm's discretion on an invite-only basis. The test machines will have the newest dual-core MSM8960 chips onboard.
Another quad-core phone at MWC
Yesterday we took a look at most of ZTE's new smartphones for 2012, and we stopped by the company's booth again to check out the PF112. The device is one of many Tegra 3-powered smartphones that have been brought to Barcelona this week, marking ZTE's attempt to establish itself in the mid- to high-end smartphone market.
Scaled down features from PF100
ZTE has added several models to its tablet lineup, including the seven-inch T98. The midsize tablet integrates the same basic hardware as the 10-inch PF100, including a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.0, however the construction appears to be much different between both devices. Electronista had a chance to take an early look at both devices.
HD tablet targets mobile entertainment enthusiasts
Along with the entry level Transformer Pad 300, ASUS has used Mobile World Congress to introduce a high-end tablet with home cinema qualities. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1920x1200 Super IPS+ screen protected by Gorilla Glass 2. The display puts out 600 nits brightness making it viewable in sunlight.
ASUS revamps Transformer tablets
ASUS brought along its revamped Transformer tablets this week for Mobile World Congress, where the company introduced the Transformer Pad 300 and Infinity. The 300 series is claimed to be the first LTE quad-core tablet, taking advantage of NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chipset that seems to be a common focal point at the moment for various manufacturers. Electronista stopped by to take a closer look at the 300, along with its dock accessory.
ZTE approaches high-end market
ZTE introduced a myriad of new cellphones today at Mobile World Congress, but the Era smartphone held top honors. The Era is one of several Tegra 3-based Android phones that have been brought to Barcelona this week, competing among a crowd of high-end devices all packing quad-core processors. In our hands-on preview, we take a look at how the Era stacks up against the others.
Handset has yet to receive official name
Fujitsu was one of many companies that have adopted NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chipset to power their latest smartphones. The company has yet to give its new offering an official name, calling it an "ultra-high-spec smartphone," however the device appeared to be ready to arrive on the market. Electronista stopped by Fujitsu's booth at Mobile World Congress for a bit of hands-on time.
Quad-core packing HTC One X leaks in first photos
The first photos of what is said to be the HTC One X smartphone have been shared online by online. While they differ slightly from the image that surfaced yesterday of allegedly the same phone, the overall shape and design is fairly close. The source also confirmed from a tipster that the phone will have a 4.7-inch touchscreen, eight-megapixel camera, and a microSIM card slot.
Fujitsu to show waterproof Tegra 3 at MWC
Fujitsu now plans to bring its quad-core Arrows smartphone to Mobile World Congress, and release more information about, perhaps including shipping and prices. We saw the phone at CES behind glass, and now the Japanese company has revealed its major specs. The phone will be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip, which is capable of 1.5GHz clock speeds.
HTC Endeavor UI leaked all over the Internet
The yet to made official HTC Endeavor has had its ROM leaked on Chinese website ahead of its official unveiling expected at the World Mobile Congress. The leak has confirmed the rumored Tegra 3 processor and has also yielded screenshots of HTC’s revamped Sense 4.0 UI overlay for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). In addition to confirming that the Endeavor will be one of the first Tegra 3 smartphones, it also offers the first look at how one of the leading Android smartphone makers has reworked Google’s stock ICS interface for its own hardware.
Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shraven offers SoC insight
Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shraven has taken the unusual step of explaining why his Android-based tablet company opted to follow its NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered Adam tablet with a TI OMAP 4 processor for its Adam II . Rather than plumping for the quad-core Tegra 3, Shraven argues that the TI OMAP platform offers Notion Ink certain advantages. As a small vendor, with its limited software and hardware engineering resources, it believed that it could not leverage the NVIDIA Tegra 3 as well as it can the TI OMAP 4, leading to a better implementation for end users.
Quad-core LG phone shows in leaked image
LG's first quad-core handset, carrying the working name of X3 thus far, has been spotted by PocketNow. It would get the same NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip as used in the Transformer Prime tablet from ASUS and would run Android 4.0. Along with this, the early specs would give it a large 4.7-inch, 1280x720 display and a thickness of less than 0.35 inches.
ASUS unveils strong new tablet range for 2012
ASUS has revealed the new Eee Pad MeMO, a 7-inch, quad-core Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet. The processor is a Tegra 3 matched with 1GB of RAM, while the display is also a high-quality IPS WXGA-type. The headlining feature, however, is the price – just $249, which is likely to give early adopting Kindle Fire users pause.
Brilliant display paired with fast hardware
Following Acer's special event ahead of CES, Electronista had a chance to try out the company's upcoming flagship tablet. The Iconia Tab A700 touts a 1080p display paired with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, which combine to raise the bar in Android tablet hardware.
PadFone to get Tegra 3 CPU, debut at MWC?
The ASUS PadFone will be officially unveiled at the Mobile World Congress show in February, a source told Engadget. At the same time, NetbookNews's Nicole Scott believes the device will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU like the Transformer Prime tablet, and not the Snapdragon S4, as previously believed. As its name suggests, the PadFone will be a hybrid device which docks a smartphone into a tablet element.
NVIDIA shows off Android 4.0 on Transformer Prime
NVIDIA has just shared a rare demo video of the ASUS
Transformer Prime running on Android 4.0.1 (below). The tablet is powered by NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 chip and will be out in December. According to NVIDIA's Will Park, the software is very open and makes development work easy.
HTC to bring Tegra 3 phone, tablet to MWC
At the Mobile World Congress show in February, HTC should show off a tablet that uses NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Digitimes reported. At the same time, two new Android-powered smartphones would also make their debut alongside this tablet. One of these phones will get the same Tegra 3 chip, they said, hinting that the Edge will be unveiled at that event.
Iconia Tab A510 to get Tegra 3 CPU, Android 4?
An upcoming tablet from Acer, the Iconia Tab A510/A511, has been leaked thanks to its User Agent Profile being shared by Japan's Ameblo. It will be a successor to the Iconia Tab A500 and, like that tablet, will use Android as its OS. By the time it ships, however, it should arrive with Android 4.0. Processing power will come from a quad-core Tegra 3.
Transformer Prime said to be fast, loud and clear
The ASUS Transformer Prime has already received a hands-on test thanks to Brazilian site ZTOP. The reviewers found the first quad-core tablet, using NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3, to be very fast and exhibit great sound quality. While US prices are said to be $500 for a Wi-Fi version with 32GB of memory and $600 for a 64GB version, and the docking keyboard costing $150, Brazilian prices remain unknown. The tablet will ship in Brazil during the winter, however, likely arriving by March.
ASUS to ship first quad-core tablet in December
The ASUS Transformer Prime has been detailed alongside the official launch of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip that powers the device. The tablet will be going on sale globally in December and will start at $500 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model with a 64GB Wi-Fi model going for $600. When it goes on sale, it will take the mantle as the world’s first quad-core tablet.
NVIDIA Tegra 3, offers 3x performance over Tegra 2
NVIDIA has formally unveiled its Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The company claims that with the launch of the chip, it has “ushered in the era of quad-core mobile computing” with the availability of the new chip. NVIDIA says that the new ARM Cortex A9-based system-on-a-chip (SOC) offers up to 3 times the graphics performance of its Tegra 2 dual-core predecessor, and uses up to 61 percent less power.
Transformer Prime puts up impressive early tests
The Transformer Prime from ASUS, the first tablet to come with NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor, was just benchmarked. Tech2 stumbled across the AnTuTu Android benchmark test for the as-yet unreleased tablet, which had it topping the charts. It was the first mobile device to breach the 10,000 number, posting a 12,872, though that number reportedly came from one with a 1.6GHz chip.
First device to integrate NVIDIA's quad-core chip
ASUS' Transformer Prime tablet appears to have been dissected by the FCC during tests for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Commission's photographs provide an early look at the device's internal components, including NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chipset. The Prime is expected to be the first device to arrive on the market with the new quad-core processor.
Transformer sequel, Transformer Prime inbound
The ASUS Transformer sequel, the Transformer Prime, has been given a teaser page by the company. The Transformer Prime is the new halo product from the company and follows in the footsteps of its predecessor by offering a combined tablet and docking keyboard configuration. At the heart of the new device is NVIDIA's latest mobile processor, the ARM Cortex A9-based Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
ASUS Transformer Prime official Nov 9 with Tegra 3
ASUS CEO Jonney Shih took the stage at the AsiaD conference to tease the Transformer Prime, its sequel to its relatively hot-selling Eee Pad Transformer tablet. The 10-inch slate should be the first major tablet, if not tablet of any kind, to ship with NVIDIA's Tegra 3. The chip is considered the first real quad-core mobile processor and technically has a fifth core to handle low-level tasks.
NIVIDA Tegra 3 trailer leaks, launches soon?
A teaser video (embedded below) for the forthcoming NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor has leaked out. Codenamed Kal-El, the system-on-a-chip runs a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, which is accompanied by a fifth Cortex A9 core clocked at 500MHz for running tasks such as web browsing and listening to music. The graphics performance delivered by the 12-core graphics engine helps the processor outperform even Intel’s older Core 2 Duo processors.
ZTE T98 one of the first tablets with Tegra 3
The ZTE T98 7-inch Android tablet has been unveiled at the PT/Expo Comm China. In addition to running the latest build of Android for tablets, Android 3.2, the device is one of the first production-ready tablets to be announced powered by NVIDIA’s next generation Tegra 3 (Kal-El) processor. The quad-core processor can be clocked at 1.5GHz, but has been slightly under clocked in this application at 1.3GHz.
Motorola registers five domains that contain Kore
Motorola's upcoming next-generation tablet may be called Kore, as the company has made five domain registrations with the name. This past Wednesday, Motorola registered MotorolaKore.com, KoreMotorola.com, Moto-kore.com, MotoKore.com, and Motorola-Kore.com, Fusible said. Motorola hasn't directly given away clues as to what the Kore would be.