Nvidia Tegra Note now official with Tegra 4 CPU, stylus, $199 price. Nvidia won’t sell it directly
The Nvidia Tegra Note was announced today, as the natural progression of last year’s Kai platform. The Tegra Note is a 7-inch tablet, but it’s also a reference design. It will be made by Nvidia, but won’t be sold by the company directly – rather, it will work with partners which will use their own brands and retail channels. If you think about the PC graphics cards business, where Nvidia first made its name, this is similar – the company designs a new GPU, but doesn’t sell it directly to consumers. Other companies step in, modify the design here and there, add a few things, and then sell the resulting package.
Intel has a similar strategy with Atom-powered smartphones, where a few different companies from emerging markets release what is basically the same hardware, but with their own brands slapped on it.
Nvidia is obviously betting the future of its mobile chip making business on this platform. The Tegra 4 was announced in January but so far has failed to impress smartphone and tablet makers – the high-end space is now mostly Qualcomm and a bit of Samsung here and there. The Tegra 3 from last year wasn’t a runaway hit either, but at least we saw it in more devices.
The Tegra 4′s lack of use is about to change, though, for it’s powering the Tegra Note. This is a 7-inch tablet that comes with a stylus that has support for it built into the chipset itself. The Tegra Note has a 1,280×800 IPS touchscreen, 16 GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot for expansion, a microHDMI socket, special speakers with bass reflex port that have the widest frequency range in a tablet, a “groundbreaking camera”, 10+ hours of HD video playback, and a starting price of $199.
Nvidia will be issuing the software updates for all the Tegra Note units out there. This is one headache less to worry about for the companies that will actually market and sell these things. Nvidia wants to provide a pure, stock-like Android experience, so maybe updates will come reasonably fast.
The price certainly is right, but the screen’s resolution is a disappointment when for just $30 more you can get a Nexus 7 with 1,920×1,200 pixels.
Last year, Nvidia’s Kai platform powered the first generation Nexus 7, which went on to become the best selling Android tablet in history. This year, Nvidia hopes to ride on that success, and on the newfound love that people have for styluses in tablets, and make its Tegra 4 successful via this Tegra Note effort. The Tegra Note is going to be out in October.
Via The Verge