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If you've been waiting for the other shoe to drop in the tablet market, today is the day.  We're a few days ahead of Microsoft's Surface and Windows 8 launch on October 26th but the folks at ASUS (and other OEM partners) have been given the green light to let fly with their Windows RT tablet offering today.  Microsoft is allowing the wraps to slip off of their Windows RT operating system, a branding otherwise known as Window 8 for ARM-driven devices. And interestingly enough, it looks as if NVIDIA has a solid lock on Windows RT tablet market share, as not only Microsoft's Surface but the majority of Windows RT tablets to hit the market today are driven by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core... Read more...
Just when we all thought - or some wanted us to think - that NVIDIA has lackluster support for open source, it's become known that the company will soon be publicly releasing some GPU programming documentation for its Tegra architecture. At the moment, this documentation will affect Tegra's 2D rendering engine only, but there's hope that 3D will be added to the mix at some point in the future. This new support from NVIDIA was unveiled during a talk by Lucas Stach at the X.org-focused XDC2012 conference in Nürnberg, Germany, which is sure to bring a smile to Linus Torvald's face. You might recall that back in June, Linus gave the middle finger (literally) to NVIDIA for its appalling support... Read more...
With the Window 8 launch looming, Asus announced two new tablets today that are designed to run the new, touch-centric operating system. Asus is taking the same route with the Vivo Tab that Microsoft is with the Surface: launching Intel-based and RT models at the same time. Asus has released some detail on these tablets prior to this; the device was originally known as the Tablet 810. The Tab RT was known as the Tablet 610. Both models are also following the Surface’s lead by including detachable QWERTY keyboards. You’ll be able to tap and swipe the Super IPS+ displays when you’re on the go and attach the keyboard when you need to type. Interestingly, the keyboard... Read more...
Sometimes, other nations get to have all of the fun. And in this case, it's Japan. The country is home to some of the world's most amazing technological innovations, and the new Fujitsu Arrows X is certainly one of those. It's the country's first quad-core LTE Tegra phone, boasting NVIDIA's Tegra 3, an LTE radio (supported on NTT DoCoMo's Xi network), a 1280x720 display, one-seg TV tuner, Felicia, a fingerprint sensor and Fujitsu’s own Human Centric Engine. To top it off, Fujitsu’s new flagship device is water- and dustproof. There's no word on a price just yet, but it should be available this summer. Hopefully, it'll make the transition to other nations soon.... Read more...
For over 10 years, the desktop and mobile graphics space has been dominated by two players: Nvidia and AMD/ATI. After 3dfx collapsed, there was a brief period of time when it looked as though Imagination Technologies might establish itself as a third option. Ultimately, that didn't happen -- the company's tile-based rendering solution, Kyro, failed to gain much mass-market support and faded after two generations. Now, there's a flurry of evidence to suggest that Imagination Technologies plans to re-enter PC market, but from the opposite direction. Rather than building expensive discrete solutions, IT is focused on deploying GPUs that can challenge Nvidia and AMD solutions in tablets, mobile phones,... Read more...
NVIDIA has made secret of the fact that it believes mobile gaming will meet and/or exceed console gaming in terms of graphics very soon. They even provided a handy chart (pictured below) in a blog post. To that end, the company offered a sneak peek at two new games that are optimized for NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 “4-PLUS-1” processor, Dark Meadow: The Pact (by Phosphor Games) and Bounty Arms THD (from Kerosene Games) are destined for the NVIDIA TegraZone app and Google Play. Dark Meadow: The Pact is a first-person action/adventure game, described by the blog post as “where players fight to escape a dark fairytale world filled with fantastical creatures bent on destroying them.”... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss Corsair's Carbide 300R and Obsidian 550D cases, our Definitive Diablo III Preview, the dysfunctional state of the game console industry, OCZ's Vertex 4 Indilinx Everest 2-Infused solid state drives and we hint at our next contest where you could win Asus Transformer Prime NVIDIA Tegra 3 powered tablets... Show Notes: 01:18 - Corsair Carbide 300R and Obsidian 550D Review 08:52 - Seeking Sanctuary: The Definitive Diablo III Preview 12:17 - ConsoleWatch: Developers Unhappy With Wii U Restrictions, Xbox Durango, and PlayStation 4 25:03 - OCZ Vertex 4 Indilinx Everest 2-Infused... Read more...
Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's CEO, is a canny and intelligent leader who has capably helmed the company through both rough patches and successes, not least of which is the recently launched GTX 680. He's known for strong opinions, but not crazy, off-the-wall statements, which is why his recent remarks regarding Intel are so surprising. Speaking to a group of analysts last week, Jen-Hsun casually suggested that Intel, one of Nvidia's chief rivals and competitors, ought to open up its foundries and manufacture hardware for the ARM SoC ecosystem. "Why not be a foundry for all the mobile companies?" Huang said. “There’s no shame in that." No shame -- but an awful lot of crazy. Intel has made... Read more...
Nvidia and ZTE are both giddy as all get-out to unveil the latter's new Mimosa X, purportedly the world's first smartphone to incorporate both an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and the GPU maker's Icera modem, which comes fresh off of NVIDIA's acquisition of Icera in mid-2011. "The ZTE Mimosa X is exciting for a few reasons," said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. "The Mimosa X marks the first time NVIDIA technology powers all the major processors in a single smartphone, and also the first time a premium mobile computing experience is coming to the mainstream smartphone market." If you're reading this, you're likely already familiar with Tegra 2, which is a dual-core... Read more...
If you've paid attention to quarterly earnings reports from the major computer OEMs, you've likely noticed that the hard drive shortage this fall had an impact, but not a disastrous one. Companies like Intel reported that manufacturer inventories were substantially affected as company's held off on restocking to see what prices would do, but net sales only fell modestly. The GPU market, on the other hand, seems to have taken a hit. Nvidia has stated that its Q4 results were hurt by the hard drive shortage, something AMD also mentioned in its Q4 results. We didn't break it out initially -- AMD's overall GPU results were fairly decent -- but in the wake of NV's statements it's worth revisiting.... Read more...
When we first received the new NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime for testing, we had solid communication from both Asus and NVIDIA that this tablet was one of Google's test vehicles for their upcoming Android 4.0 operating system, also referred to as Ice Cream Sandwich. Besides the fact that the folks at Google have a bit of a sweet tooth, at least when it comes to development project code names, this new iteration of Google's OS reportedly was targeted primarily at performance enhancements, with a few feature-adds and UI tweaks thrown into the mix... Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Ice Cream Sandwich Update... Read more...
When we first received the new NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime for testing, we had solid communication from both Asus and NVIDIA that this tablet was one of Google's test vehicles for their upcoming Android 4.0 operating system, also referred to as Ice Cream Sandwich.  Besides the fact that the folks at Google have a bit of a sweet tooth, at least when it comes to development project code names, this new iteration of Google's OS reportedly was targeted primarily at performance enhancements, with a few feature-adds and UI tweaks thrown into the mix.  Both NVIDIA and Asus were keen to see ICS hit the Transformer Prime as well, since the new... Read more...
We're back with a final roll out of our last lucky winner for our Tablet's of The Season Sweepstakes with NVIDIA!  We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the sweepstake.  We've met a lot of new, really great community members over the course of this contest and we hope you'll all stick around with us for a while.  And if you didn't come up as one of the lucky ones this time, keep the chin up and an eye on HH for details of our next sweepstakes.  There's always another one coming! With that said, cue up the proverbial drum-roll please...  HotHardware's Tablets Of The Season Sweepstakes Winner No. 5:  Omegadoom13  !! Omegadoom13 is the lucky winner of... Read more...
Just in time for the Holiday Season, we’ve teamed up with our friends at NVIDIA for an absolutely awesome giveaway. Starting tomorrow (December 13) and continuing on through Tuesday of next week (December 20), we’re giving away an NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered tablet a day! In case you didn’t know, NVIDIA offers Tegra-based device owners some unique software through the company’s Tegra Zone, which is somewhat of one-stop-shop for the best Tegra-optimized games and apps. You can check out Tegra Zone here and follow Tegra news on Twitter for the latest updates. The folks at ZEN Studios—makers of the very cool game ZEN Pinball THD—are also contributing to the goodness.... Read more...
We're back again to roll out two more lucky winners for our Tablet's of The Season Sweepstakes with NVIDIA!  We know you probably can't stand the excitement of witnessing all this Tegra 2 goodness being spread about like holiday cheer but we're going to keep the adrenalin flowing regardless.  It's fun playing Santa, especially since we don't have to climb down any chimneys but can still use the excuse to tip a little heavy on the egg nog and gingerbread cookies.   But we digress... How about we tell you who won this?  HotHardware's Tablets Of The Season Sweepstakes Winner No. 3: LLeCompte LLeCompte, you win the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1! HotHardware's Tablets Of The Season... Read more...
We're back again to roll out yet another lucky winner for our Tablet's of The Season Sweepstakes with NVIDIA!  We know you probably can't stand the excitement of witnessing all this Tegra 2 goodness being spread about like holiday cheer but we're going to keep the adrenalin flowing regardless.  It's fun playing Santa, especially since we don't have to climb down any chimneys but can still use the excuse to tip a little heavy on the egg nog and gingerbread cookies.   But we digress... How about we tell you who won this? HotHardware's Tablets Of The Season Sweepstakes Winner No. 2: Asus Eee Pad Transformer December 14th Winner: Asus Eee Pad Transformer = Der Meister !! Der,... Read more...
One of the most dramatic shifts in portable gaming history has been the surge in popularity of smartphones and tablets in the past two years. In 2009, Android and iOS devices accounted for ~19 percent of game revenue. In 2010, their combined share nearly doubled, while estimates that the two platforms will account for 58 percent of gaming revenue in 2011... This shift, combined with the rising popularity of "freemium" distribution models in which much or all of a game's content is provided free of charge, while a subset of top-tier content is available for a nominal fee, has been hailed in some quarters as a sea change that'll ultimately rock the entire gaming industry and transform the way we... Read more...
One of the most dramatic shifts in portable gaming history has been the surge in popularity of smartphones and tablets in the past two years. In 2009, Android and iOS devices accounted for ~19 percent of game revenue. In 2010, their combined share nearly doubled, while Flurry Analytics estimates that the two platforms will account for 58 percent of gaming revenue in 2011. This shift, combined with the rising popularity of "freemium" distribution models in which much or all of a game's content is provided free of charge while a subset of top-tier content is available for a nominal fee, has been hailed in some quarters as a sea change that'll ultimately rock the entire gaming industry and... Read more...
The Motorola Xoom was a notorious flop thanks to a sky-high price tag, features that didn't work for months (the company didn'ts tart upgrading the tablet to its promised 4G capability until late this fall), and a buggy implementation of Honeycomb that was a direct result of Motorola pushing too hard for an early launch. Moto, defiant in the face of such failure, went back to the drawing board and has given us the Xyboard / Xoom 2. The new tablet doesn't just replicate some of the mistakes that doomed its predecessor, it adds new flaws and foibles. This, my friends, is dedication at its finest. First, let's talk specs. The new Xyboard comes in 8.2" and 10.1" flavors with full retail prices of... Read more...
Lenovo's first business-class Android-based tablet has arrived. The ThinkPad Tablet comes with many of the features business users want and demand from a tablet, including full encryption, remote wipe capabilities, productivity apps, VPN support, pen-based handwriting recognition technology, and more. Running on Android 3.1, the ThinkPad Tablet comes preloaded with more than 25 free apps. Many of these apps will be useful to business users, such as Documents to Go by DataViz, PrinterShare, Computrace Mobile by Absolute Software, and Citrix Receiver. With the optional digitizer pen, you can also take advantage of the preloaded MyScript Notes Mobile app which lets you take notes, draw, and insert... Read more...
It sometimes rolls this way.  One of the most hotly anticipated product launches of the year and, you guessed it, the prized package drops on your doorstep for testing and evaluation literally hours before the official launch hits.  Have we had nearly enough time with this sleek little minx?  Absolutely not.  But when the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime shows up packing NVIDIA's new Tegra 3 Quad-Core SoC with its perky fifth companion core in tow, you man-up (or woman-up as the case may be), get your geek on and burn some midnight oil. At least dessert wasn't on the menu.  No Ice Cream Sandwiches here just yet, thank God. Android 4.0 on top, with this kind of turn-around,... Read more...
If you've been anxiously awaiting the release of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, you may not have to wait much longer. We already knew that the tablet was scheduled to ship sometime next month, but now we have a slightly more specific date. According to a preorder page on Newegg, the tablet could be released about a week and a half from today on December 8. Newegg's preorder page also shows the price tag of the tablet: $499.00. This price should keep the tablet competitive with other offerings on the market. As you may recall, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime features NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor as well as Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Not long ago, we saw a video showing... Read more...
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