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For the last few weeks, this year’s first Nexus has been in a plenty of news. In a dramatic way of leaking a device, Nvidia last week hinted at the presence of a Nexus 9 powered by the performance beast Tegra K1. Latest leak suggests that HTC Nexus 9 is indeed real and is going to be unveiled on 8th of next month, unlike Nvidia’s claim of third quarter release. Nexus 9 Tegra K1

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Rumored as HTC Volantis, the 9-inch tablet is suggested to be powered by the extremely powerful Tegra K1. Tegra K1 is a 2.5 GHz 64-bit SoC which will see itself crazily loved by the consumers once it’s out. Nexus line itself is quite popular among the Android fans. A Portuguese source has revealed some details about this first

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Google’s Nexus line of Android devices has seen quite good reviews and attention since it’s inception. There have been quite a lot of rumors and reports suggesting that HTC might be manufacturing the next Nexus tablet. HTC’s 9 inch Volantis saw it’s renders and specifications leaked a couple of months back.

HTC Volantis is rumored to come with Nvidia’s Tegra K1, which itself is a performance beast. The Tegra K1 is a 2.5 Ghz 64-bit SoC which is yet to see mass market adoption. Well, that might soon change with the Nexus 9 being launched soon, and that too this month.

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Nvidia Confirms Nexus 9 In Court – Also Claims That The Tegra K1 Will Be On Board

In court proceedings against Qualcomm today, Nvidia let slip a couple of details crucial to the existence of the Nexus 9 and the Tegra K1. Nvidia and Qualcomm have been at odds for quite a while over GPU technology. Nvidia claims that Qualcomm has been or is using technology for which it has not acquired a license.

In the court proceedings against Qualcomm today, Nvidia admitted to the existence of the Nexus 9. It also confirmed both the Tegra K1 and it’s existence on the Nexus 9. However, the most interesting aspect of the entire deal is the launch date of Nexus 9.

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Samsung launched the metallic Galaxy Note 4 yesterday at the IFA. The tablet boasted hardcore specifications, enough to satisfy any tablet lover. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with two processor options. These are the Snapdragon 805 and the Octa Core Exynos 5433, both of which cupled with 4 GB RAM are enough to run any performance intensive games and applications on the device.

This coupled with 5.7 QHD display and a 16 MP rear camera make for a very up to date device. Keeping this mind, many expected the Galaxy Note 4 to cost somewhere above $ 700. In fact, earlier speculation by a representative of Media Markt put the price tag on the Galaxy Note 4 at $ 940, after being converted from Russian rubles.

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With Samsung having launched the Galaxy Note 4, the immediate question on all of our minds is that how well does the device stack against all the current flagship devices out there. With a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 or the 1.3GHz Octa Core Exynoss 5433, the Note 4 is all set to dominate any and all current flagships out there.

However, we won’t be satisfied, and neither should you be without an in depth look at how the Galaxy Note 4 stands in comparison to other device. For the purpose of this review, we have chosen Apple’s current flagship, the iPhone 5S to see how well the two fare off against each other.

Now before you start criticizing us that the iPhone 5S is no match for Samsung’s latest beast, you should know that the purpose of this review is simply to get a better understanding of how the Galaxy Note 4 works and what improvements it makes and has over Apple’s current flagship. So hold your horses, grab some popcorn, and enjoy.

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It official folks. Samsung has officially launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. And it is everything we could expect. With the 5.7 Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 the Note 4 is a beast indeed. Add the Snapdragon 805 or the Octa Core Exynos 5433 to the mix and we’re looking at a device that any tablet lover would give their right arm to have.

However, before you decide to go to such drastic measures to get the Galaxy Note 4, it would be wise to consider what the device has to offer. Both in terms of performance and pictures. We’ll get to the pictures soon enough, but first let’s revise what the Galaxy Note 4 has to offer.

The Snapdragon 805 and the Exynos 5433on the Galaxy Note 4 are supplemented by 4 GB RAM on the device. So now you won’t have to worry about keeping all those tabs open on browsers either. In addition, this boost in memory will do wonders for multitasking as well.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is the center of everyone’s attention these days. For all the tablet lovers out there, it really doesn’t get better than this. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to come in two variants. One of these will be the 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 while the other will be the octa-core Exynos 5433 with four 1.3 GHz Cortex A53 and four 1.3 GHz Cortex A57 cores.

The Galaxy Note 4 was recently featured in a massive specs leak, which as usual did not fail to impress. However, as the specifications of the device impress us, so should it’s alleged price. Retailer Media Markt, the largest retailer in Europe has told the world what the Galaxy Note 4 can be expected to cost.

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With IFA to start in just days and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to be officially unveiled there, the device has shown up on Samsung’s mobile site and on an alleged IFA poster. Thanks to Samsungmobile several speculated specifications of the Galaxy Note 4 can now be confirmed.

The website shows the device model number to be SM-N920T. Going further, specifications of the Galaxy Note 4 are listed as the device having a display resolution of 1440 x 2560, which translates into QHD. The presence of a 64 bit processor on the device is also hinted upon.

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This year’s IFA is almost upon us. Its only a month until we get to see the latest offerings from today’s tech giants. Excluding Apple of course. Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony are all primed up for this year’s IFA. To be held in Berlin, we’ve made a list of products you should expect to see by these manufacturers. Of course, the IFA is not limited to these few only. Each year hundreds of companies present their latest offerings to the public and this IFA will be no exception.

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So before IFA officially starts, a large variety of gadgets are expected to be unveiled in Berlin. So if you’re anticipating a gadget launch and want to know whether it’ll be launched at the IFA, here’s your chance. We’ve made a list of all the major releases expected this year. So let’s start!

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Equipped with the Tegra K1 SOC and Full AEP and Unreal Engine 4 Desktop Renderer Support, Nvidia Shield is the tablet to buy for gaming. However, reports have surfaced which show that some batches might be suffering from factory defects such as cracked shells. Multiple users have reported this problem and even sent pictures of the same to EXPReview.comNVIDIA-Shield-Tablet-1-750x400

Nvidia Shield Seems to Suffer from Random Factory-Cracked Shells

It goes without saying, that this is a one in a thousand type of case you are dealing with and is probably bound by locality. However, it is still an unpleasant thing to have in a mobile company’s products. Some mainstream smart phones have also suffered from the same problem and the reason behind this is thought to be associated with an unbalanced amount of pressure applied when joining the seams of the device.

Thankfully, Nvidia offers a full refund/replacement to anyone that has this problem so even if you are unlucky enough to land an Nvidia Tablet with a cracked shell, you are probably covered. Any software bug in the device is covered because NVIDIA aims to deliver OTA updates directly from their servers so that your device carries the latest firmware and patches. This defect is relatively very minor and limited mostly to the aesthetics of the device. The crack appears in a place (near the seam) where it cannot really grow any larger (since it already cuts through the entire plastic shell) and is too small to let dust in. An actual problem from this could be if the crack is deep enough to cause the two edges to become offset but looking from the pictures it doesn’t appear to be the case.

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A new set of iPad Air 2 leaked images reveal quite a few details about the next-generation tablet from Apple. This slimmer, ultra-thin iPad Air 2 will keep up with the designing of its predecessors, however, there might be couple changes made as apparent from this leak too. These images are of the rear shell of the iPad Air 2 which is expected to be unveiled in October this year along with a smartwatch and possibly an ultra-thin, 12-inch MacBook.ipad air 2 leaked images

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This is not the first time that we are looking at the iPad Air 2 leaked images of the rear shells as we saw some

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With iPad sales reportedly not going as strong as Apple would have liked, the company is looking to shake things up with it’s popular tablet lineup. Well not that dramatically yet but reportedly Cupertino has it’s largest every iPad in the works. Bloomberg today published an interesting report that says that Apple’s suppliers have started preparations to manufacture the company’s largest iPad ever. The screen size for this mystical device? An unprecedented 12.9 inches.

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The recent rumors for the iPhone 6 getting only 1 GB of RAM left us all a little disappointed. Even though iOS is known for its optimization when it comes to running the same applications Android does, nevertheless, in today’s world, a single gigabyte of RAM limits developer options considerably when designing apps for the iOS. This is further supplemented by the fact that iOS 8 will further expand the iOS platform and give developers more room.

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With the recent launch of the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung seems right on course for new product launches this summer. After the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung is due to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 this September. Concerning the Galaxy Note 4, there have been quite a few leaks about the tablet in the past couple of weeks. And now, with only weeks left to it’s launch, it looks like an Indonesian Online vendor has posted detailed specs of the Galaxy Note 4 on it’s website.

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We haven’t head much on the DirectX 12 front, or the API front in general, for a while now. At this year’s SIGGRAPH however, Intel demoed DX 12 and showed impressive results. TDP Constraints are one of the biggest problems in Mobile Gaming, but with DirectX 12 the TDP of the device in question can actually drop by as much as 50% or you can opt for a performance increase of ~60%.

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Intel DX 12 demo at SIGGRAPH shows a 60% boost in Performance Per Watt for Mobile Gaming Devices

DirectX 12 is, as I am sure you all know, a low level API. It works by reducing the CPU Overhead or the CPU Bottleneck effect by allowing the CPU to issue more drawcalls among other things. However, while this result is mostly performance increase in the Desktop sector, in the mobile side of things this is actually very useful. Since a Mobile Platform is always working with power and thermal constraints, both the CPU and GPU share a TDP Budget if you may, so any lack of power consumption by one can either be utilized in a zero sum or result in a decreased TDP rate. This is exactly how Intel has manged to show a 60% performance per watt boost in the mobile platform. This is pretty amazing news considering this is not a new architecture or a hardware change we are talking about but a new soft update.  Observe the two pictures below while keeping the baseline above in mind:

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Smartphones are great. They’ve managed to give us an unprecedented level of freedom and accessibility any where right at our fingerprints. Whats even better is open source software, not limited to any particular device. And the market has responded accordingly, with Google’s Android have the greatest market share in smartphone Operating Systems. But with such popularity, threats are natural. Just like Windows and the PC, hackers and programmers with malicous intent are busy coding software and hacks to harm the eveyday smartphone user.



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