Nvidia announces $199 Tegra Note reference tablet

Nvidia's (NVDA +0.3%) Android tablet, the subject of rumors and image leaks for weeks, serves as a reference design that a slew of Asian and European OEMs will use to build and sell hardware.

Tegra Note tablets will be priced on par with the 7" Kindle Fire HD, and cost $30 less than Google's 2nd-gen Nexus 7. They'll feature a 7", 1280x800 display, a Tegra 4 CPU (naturally), dual cameras, stereo speakers, and a stylus accompanied by apps meant to take advantage of it.

Nvidia promises 10 hours of HD video playback on a charge, as well as game controller support and (courtesy of the TegraZone store) access to "Tegra-optimized games with visual effects that aren’t available on other tablets."

Though boasting strong multimedia features, the Tegra Note's display resolution is inferior to that of the new Nexus 7 (1920x1200), and (if a BGR report is true) could also be worse than that of the next 7" Kindle Fire HD.

Nvidia's main goal with the Note is to give a lift to plunging Tegra sales (-71% Y/Y in FQ2). Nvidia's mobile processor line is contending with tough direct competition from Qualcomm, and indirect competition from Apple and Samsung's processors. Intel's Bay Trail looms on the horizon.

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  • texasredraider
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    While some of this info is helpful. The claim that the display resolution is "inferior" for a company like Nvidia that prides itself on everything visual is laughable on its face. Thank you for the reporting, but I'll await "other" critques as well. I can send you any number right now that reflet the various ways Tegra 4, even without the Tegra 4 LTE, destroys the competition.
    18 Sep 2013, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Jhonsa
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    Read the Nvidia blog post going over the Note's specs. Tegra Note tablets will have a 1280x800 resolution. The latest Nexus 7 has a 1920x1200 resolution. The next Fire HD will reportedly have a 1920x1200 resolution as well.
    18 Sep 2013, 12:49 PM Reply Like
  • pman6
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    last gen specs. This is DOA.
    18 Sep 2013, 01:25 PM Reply Like
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