Nvidia adds LTE to Tegra Note 7 lineup

Nvidia adds LTE to Tegra Note 7 lineup

Summary: Nvidia adds an i500 LTE chipset to the Tegra Note 7, and also pushes out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to all users.

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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-US:

  • LTE: 700/850/1700/1900/2600 (Bands 2,4,5,17,7)
  • HSPA+: 850/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,5)
  • EDGE

LTE-EU:

  • LTE: 800/1800/2600 (Bands 3,7,20)
  • HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,5,8)
  • EDGE

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.

Tegra NOTE 7 LTE

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.

Topic: Mobility

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  • But the screen...

    its alot worse than the Nexus which is running a damn snapdragon..
    Jimster480
  • Love it or hate it....

    This is exactly what I have been talking about in regards to the future of the PC lieing where the innovation is taking place. I saw the Tegra LTE add-on earlier and was going to link to it in my comment on the NUC post you made. So both surprised and glad you picked it up. Look what you got:

    - RISC architecture
    - Flash memory
    - Android OS

    Notice anything missing? How 'bout Wintel? And all this is being done by a leading GPU manufacturer!

    If I were an OEM right now I would be hitching my wagon to this in a hurry rather than hoping Win9 or Haswell will save the day.
    CornheadsBack
  • Tegra Note 7

    Yeah, I guy I work with has one of those. It's a rocket.
    A. Noid