The good souls at NVIDIA have finally officially announced the Tegra Note, a reference platform tablet that will be used to show off the Tegra 4 platform and can be used by OEMs to create Tegra 4 tablets for as little as $200.
With the Tegra Note platform, NVIDIA partners can quickly bring 7-inch tablets to market, that pack awesome features – such as Tegra 4, a superb stylus, exceptional audio, HDR camera, 100% Android, and great gaming.
After being rumored for so long, this reference tablet is finally available. So what does this mean for you? Well, not much at the immediate moment. Let’s take a quick look at the base specs that will allow manufacturers to bring Tegra 4 tablets to use for the attractive price mentioned above:
- Tegra 4 Cortex-A15 with 72-core GeForce GPU
- 7-inch 1280 x 800 display
- 5 megapixel rear camera w/ VGA front camera
- 16GB of storage with a microSD card slot
- Front-facing “HD audio” stereo speakers
- A Stylus with tips for chiseling and brushing
- Full stock Android (latest version)
- Over-the-air software updates from NVIDIA
- 10 hours of battery
This is not something you can go out and buy, but it’s something that will allow NVIDIA’s manufacturing partners to bring you the tablets you’re looking for. Some of these partners include EVGA and PNY Technologies in North America; EVGA, Oysters, and ZOTAC in Europe; Colorful, GIGABYTE, Shenzhen Homecare Technology and ZOTAC in Asia-Pacific; and XOLO in India.
Does this mean all the Tegra Note-based tablets from all these OEMs will cost exactly $200? Not exactly, but it does ensure that we’ll be seeing a lot of low-cost options in the very near future.
NVIDIA has no doubt had a tough time getting Tegra 4 to catch on with stiff competition from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line being most manufacturers’ go-to chipset. NVIDIA is trying, though, with products from ASUS, HP, Toshiba and Kobo already announced and available (not to mention their own NVIDIA Shield gaming handheld, one which we reviewed not too long ago).
Will any of you look to snap one of these up if someone decides to bring out something decent?