NVIDIA to make Tegra Note Android reference tablet; price to be $199

NVIDIA surprised the tech and gaming industries earlier this year with the launch of the NVIDIA Shield, a portable gaming console that runs on Android. Today, NVIDIA announced it has developed an Android-based tablet, the Tegra Note, that will go on sale sometime in the next few months.

Unlike the NVIDIA Shield, the company won't sell the Tegra Note on its own. Instead, it will offer the design to other companies who will then sell the tablet with their own brands. In the U.S, EVGA and PNY Technologies will sell their versions of the Tegra Note, with prices starting at $199.

Here are the hardware specs for the Tegra Note:

  • Screen: 7-inch IPS display, 1280x800 resolution
  • Processor: Tegra 4 with quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 72-core GeForce GPU
  • Storage: 16 GB of SDD
  • Cameras: 5 megapixel rear camera and VGA front camera.
  • Stylus: Include with software for finer point and broader stroke control
  • Android: Latest version of OS
  • Battery Life: 10 hours of HD video playback

In addition, the Tegra Note will come with a cover that can be adjusted into three different positions to help the tablet stand up. It sounds like this product is going after the market that's being currently served by Amazon's Kindle Fire devices.

Source: NVIDIA | Image via NVIDIA

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id rather get an 8 inch win8 tablet for $50 more ($249). x86, 32gb,2gb ram, faster cpu and gpu,better software,8 hour battery,ms office.

vcfan said,
id rather get an 8 inch win8 tablet for $50 more ($249). x86, 32gb,2gb ram, faster cpu and gpu,better software,8 hour battery,ms office.

Could be wrong, but wouldn't Office be a pain to use on something that small? The interface still isn't what I'd call "touch friendly." Only OneNote has a Metro/Modern version

That said, I'm also waiting for the next round of Windows tablets, although I want a 10" one.

vcfan said,
id rather get an 8 inch win8 tablet for $50 more ($249). x86, 32gb,2gb ram, faster cpu and gpu,better software,8 hour battery,ms office.

We know.

Chikairo said,

Could be wrong, but wouldn't Office be a pain to use on something that small? The interface still isn't what I'd call "touch friendly." Only OneNote has a Metro/Modern version

That said, I'm also waiting for the next round of Windows tablets, although I want a 10" one.

Yah Metro on tablets is pretty much a joke on anything less than 10 inches. Maybe even then you can't efficiently use a lot of apps.

Chikairo said,

Could be wrong, but wouldn't Office be a pain to use on something that small? The interface still isn't what I'd call "touch friendly." Only OneNote has a Metro/Modern version

That said, I'm also waiting for the next round of Windows tablets, although I want a 10" one.

nobody is saying you have to sit there type out a resume on the tablet, its a nice feature to have if you have to view documents in their purest form, or make some edits to mail them out. you're also forgetting that you can just hook up a bigger display with a keyboard and mouse anytime and work on it that way.

onionjuice said,

Yah Metro on tablets is pretty much a joke on anything less than 10 inches. Maybe even then you can't efficiently use a lot of apps.

i think you mean desktop apps?

If you scale to 125% you should be able to use Office ok at 1280x800 on an 8" screen. Won't be awesome but should work reasonably well for Word, OneNote, Excel. Modern apps, which isn't Office at this time will be fine. There is a modern version of Office coming next year.

vcfan said,

nobody is saying you have to sit there type out a resume on the tablet, its a nice feature to have if you have to view documents in their purest form, or make some edits to mail them out. you're also forgetting that you can just hook up a bigger display with a keyboard and mouse anytime and work on it that way.

i think you mean desktop apps?

No I mean metro apps. I don't know how you can use Metro Excel, PPt, etc (replica of normal Office) very easily and efficiently....

onionjuice said,

No I mean metro apps. I don't know how you can use Metro Excel, PPt, etc (replica of normal Office) very easily and efficiently....

it wont be as efficient as using it on the desktop, but it'll be touch optimized so it'll be very useable,even at 8".

[quote=vcfan said,
nobody is saying you have to sit there type out a resume on the tablet, its a nice feature to have if you have to view documents in their purest form, or make some edits to mail them out. you're also forgetting that you can just hook up a bigger display with a keyboard and mouse anytime and work on it that way.[/quote]
Fair enough, although I think MS needs to get Metro versions of Office ready sooner than later. Granted, they might just want you to use the webapps instead...

Also, is MS requiring Windows Tablet makers to have some sort of video out? Or is that an unwritten standard features for tablets now?

Metro works fine on tablets. Its the desktop that was never meant to be used with touch, hence the need for Metro in the first place.

Chikairo said,

Also, is MS requiring Windows Tablet makers to have some sort of video out? Or is that an unwritten standard features for tablets now?

im not sure if its a requirement,but all these small win8 tablets that will be released all have hdmi out. i checked the specs on them.

trooper11 said,
Metro works fine on tablets. Its the desktop that was never meant to be used with touch, hence the need for Metro in the first place.
Yeah. It'd probably be more ahead, but the Office division decided to snub the old Windows tablets (the convertibles that came with styluses). As such, well, they're playing catch-up. Its weird how MS was ahead and yet behind in regard to tablets... guess it was too early, and they weren't ready for the way the consumer market wanted tablets.. ah well.

Nice. Good to hear. I know Windows Phone and Windows RT devices have minimum specs, and I was hoping that Windows 8 tablets would be similar. But, hey, if MS doesn't put on into place, then at least the competition will.

I'm just hoping we don't see a race to the bottom for pricing again. Quality really suffered for it - too many consumers focus only on price

Chikairo said,

Could be wrong, but wouldn't Office be a pain to use on something that small? The interface still isn't what I'd call "touch friendly." Only OneNote has a Metro/Modern version

That said, I'm also waiting for the next round of Windows tablets, although I want a 10" one.

Enable 'touch mode', it positions everything to be touch friendly, even on a 8" screen.

(Heck it even works well on a WP8 5" 1280x768 touch screen when RDP'ing into a Desktop.)