Hardware maker Nvidia has announced that the Tegra Note 7 line is to get an upgrade in the form of LTE.
Thanks to the addition of Nvidia's i500 LTE modem the 7-inch tablet will get LTE and HSPA+ connectivity that will be compatible with many carriers worldwide.
The Tegra Note 7 is powered by a Tegra 4 processor with quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 72-core GeForce GPU, comes with a 7-inch HD (1280 x 800) IPS LCD display and has a battery good for 10 hours of HD video playback.
The fifth-generation i500 chipset makes use of a unique software-defined radio technology allowing it to deliver new capabilities via software without requiring an entirely new chipset. Another big win for the i500 chipset is increased efficiency, and despite the overall silicon being 40 percent smaller that a conventional LTE modem it offer four times the processing power of its predecessor.
LTE support will be as follows:
- LTE: 700/850/1700/1900/2600 (Bands 2,4,5,17,7)
- HSPA+: 850/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,5)
- LTE: 800/1800/2600 (Bands 3,7,20)
- HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,5,8)
There's also good new for existing Tegra Note 7 users. The entire lineup is set to receive an over-the-air update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and will include built-in support for Gamepad Mapper which turns touch-based Android games into ones that can be enjoyed with the physical controls of a Bluetooth controller.
The Tegra Note 7 LTE will be available from partners worldwide starting in the second quarter with prices starting at $299 with the wi-fi models continuing to start at $199.