Nvidia shows off $199 Android-powered Tegra Note tablet

Nvidia shows off $199 Android-powered Tegra Note tablet

Summary: Nvidia hopes that the combination of a Tegra 4 chipset, stylus, and $199 price tag will differentiate the new Tegra Note from the raft of Android tablets already available in a crowded market.

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Chip maker Nvidia is throwing another Android-powered tablet into the already crowded market, but is hoping that the combination of a Tegra 4 chipset, stylus, and $199 price tag will differentiate it from the competition.

Nvidia Tegra Note with Tegra 4 SoC
(Source: Nvidia)

The tablet, called the Tegra Note, looks good on paper. It features a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display, a Tegra 4 SoC that consists of a quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and a 72-core GeForce GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or on-board storage, PureAudio speakers 5-megapixel rear camera, a microSD slot (yay for cheap storage expandability!), a micro-HDMI port, and a built-in stylus that offers both chisel and brush tips.

There's also a battery good for 10 hours for HD video playback.

Another differentiator is what Nvidia is calling an "intelligent slide cover whch "flips and bends to support and cover the tablet." The cover allows the tablet be set up in three distinct positions using built-in magnets for added flexibility. 

There's no word yet on which version of Android it will ship with but the company claims it will be the "latest version of the OS," and that it will be 100 per cent Android, so that sounds like an unskinned version of Android 4.3.

Tegra Note tablets will be available from October from Nvidia partners, including EVGA and PNY Technologies in North America, EVGA, Oysters, and ZOTAC in Europe, Colorful, Shenzhen Homecare Technology and ZOTAC in Asia-Pacific, and XOLO in India. Final pricing is also down to the partners, although I wouldn't expect them to venture beyond $199 much.

Nvidia Tegra Note with Tegra 4 SoC
(Source: Nvidia)
Another view of the Nvidia Tegra Note with Tegra 4 SoC
(Source: Nvidia)

 

Topics: Mobility, Tablets

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  • Yet another...

    Another piece of cheap Android junk. I wish someone would make something of quality as an android device, but of course quality and Android don't go together!! The Nexus 7 is probably as close as we can get.
    BruinB88
    • Stylus and sd slot vs screen resolution

      This should be an interesting competitor to the Nexus 7. I love my Nexus 7 primarily because while it's small enough to be easily carried around, the screen resolution is high enough that I can easily read on it. It'll be interesting to see if the marketplace values the sd slot (and possibly the stylus) more than that wonderful screen resolution.
      scottmelnick
      • Galaxy Tab 7.7

        I purchased a Galaxy Tab 7.7 a couple years ago and believe me, an SD card slot is extremely useful. I love this device but I wish it had a quad core.
        Techyard Dog
    • Wails of a dying Microsoft

      @BruinB88 funny how you believe that you can single-handedly stop Androids momentum when Linux is on 75% of all internet connected devices. That includes PCs/Tablets/Smart phones. 2014 will see more Linux on PCs and Laptops. Firefox OS and Ubuntu OS will also be released. Microsoft is the only company trying the non-Linux route and their CEO was fired probably because of it. Linux runs on all computer architectures and is compatible with itself on all platforms unlike legacy Windows and RT. Microsoft an make their own variant of Linux and all Android apps will run on it but Ballmer's pride gets in the way of Microsoft increasing their value. Microsoft has problems and those problems will not go away with a shift in CEO's as long as you got an active chairman who is in denial of his empires demise.
      tjordanchat
      • Yawn...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        wake me up when you have something remotely interesting
        techie_with_no_name
      • I have heard of this Lunix thing

        It's supposed to be the coming thing I guess.
        boomchuck1
    • Really??

      You wish someone would make 'something of quality' running Android. Why? So you could post a troll bait reply trashing it. Yes, there are a bunch of cheap Android devices, many of questionable quality. Despite that, there are people using them successfully for email, browsing, reading, etc.
      There are also many well made Android devices selling at modest price points and providing excellent value to their owners. This new Nvidia device sounds like a winner to me.
      bunkport
    • Nearly every "quality" $400+ android tablet has failed to sell.

      This is built for a pricepoint, fair. Would I call the Nexus 10 bad quality? I don't think so, but it's also pretty expensive. There are some people that think anything without an aluminum body will never be "quality", it depends on preference.

      Personally I'd rather have fast internals and a nice screen at a lower price since I treat my electronics carefully.
      mrmessma
    • New Intel-based Android Tablets

      A new series of tablets to launch this week use Intel's new Clover Trail processor-- which offers impressive performance for a mid-range tablet that outperforms many tablets with quad core processors--

      Ramos Technology is one of the better known China based Android tablet manufacturers and has partnered with Intel to introduce the I-Series with 8", 9", 10" and 12" models -- with very competitive pricing starting at $199 with great features, including high resolution HD displays
      and GPS.

      Intel's new processor with Hyper-Threading technology runs four threads simultaneously and outscores many mainstream quad-core tablets in benchmark testing.

      The i8 model ($199) offers innovation and stunning design with the world's thinnest 8" tablet - and features a 7.9-inch HD screen - similar in size to the Mini iPad - and almost as compact and easy to carry as a 7" tablet, but with 40% more screen space which makes viewing tablet content much easier - and matches most features of the new Nexus 7 -- including GPS - plus MicroSD storage.

      One of the first sources to provide the new Ramos i-Series of tablets is-- T ablet Sprint --
      Teresa Waters
  • 5 MP camera?

    All of the specs seem great except for the camera.
    Is there really a cost difference between a 5 and an 8 or better?
    I say this because I like everything about my Galaxy tab except the lackluster camera.
    My next unit will have to be much better.
    Androids rule!!! and yes I do own an ipad also.
    bhaskins1
  • Lightweight is key

    I bought one of those early Android tablets - the ViewSonic G-tablet. It works well enough, but it's HEAVY. So much so, I don't use it because of that. When you have to hold something up for extended periods, weight is key.
    Roger Ramjet
  • Good specs, but they need to increase internal storage for gaming

    Spec wise this is a great tablet, the only thing I'd improve upon is the internal storage. For a gaming tablet 16GB is just not enough. Most high end Android games these days use 1-2 GB. Sure you can put files on a 64 GB external, but only non-installed files. APK's still need to be run from internal. Seriously I just bought a 64GB MicroSD for only $50 so they could easily afford to increase internal storage. It shouldn't cost that much more.
    mikegonzalez2k
  • sounds similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    Some (James Kendrick) thinks its the best small tablet. Assuming he's not seen this one yet. It would have to be pretty sweet though. I have a Note 10.1 that's very good. This would be cheaper than the Galaxy Note 8 (359)on Amazon. Id have to get another pair of glasses to use a 7 inch tablet though so I'll be sticking with the 10"+ models.
    greywolf7