The Tegra Note is a 7-inch Tegra 4 based tablet, built by a contract manufacturer for NVIDIA. The tablet will be offered by NVIDIA but not directly. Instead, you'll be able to buy co-branded versions of the Tegra Note through some of NVIDIA's traditional partners like EVGA, Zotac and PNY. If this sounds like how you presently buy NVIDIA graphics cards, you'd be right. The difference, at least initially, is that there's effectively no partner level customization offered on the Tegra Note. I get the impression that if successful, future versions may allow some flexibility on behalf of NVIDIA's partners, but not today.

The Tegra Note features a 1280 x 800 display, 1GB of memory and of course a 1.8GHz quad-core Tegra 4 SoC. There's 16GB of NAND on-board, with a microSD card slot for expansion. NVIDIA promises to ship Tegra Note with the latest version of Android, and promises to provide OTA updates directly to customers.

The tablet falls somewhere in between the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7s in terms of size and weight. The Note comes from the inclusion of NVIDIA's DirectStylus - a passive stylus technology that NV demonstrated a while ago as a way of bringing stylus support to lower cost platforms. NVIDIA is promising up to 10 hours of video playback. No word on what the WiFi hardware inside the Tegra Note looks like. Update: It seems to be 2.4GHz 802.11n.

  NVIDIA Tegra Note
SoC 1.8GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4
Display 7-inch IPS LCD 1280 x 800
WiFi 2.4GHz 802.11n
Storage 16GB + microSD (up to 32GB)
I/O Micro HDMI connector
OS "Latest" Android OS with OTA updates from NVIDIA directly
Battery 4100 mAh (15 Wh?)
Size / Mass 199 x 119 x 9.6 mm, 320g
Camera 5MP Rear Facing Camera
VGA Front Facing Camera
Price $199

The tablet will retail for around $199 and will begin shipping in the next few months. If the rest of the package is well executed, this could be a very affordable way to get a very high performing 7-inch Android tablet.

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  • dragonsqrrl - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    It's a powerful SOC, and it's certainly capable of driving a 1080p display without a problem. I think it's just a poor decision by Nvidia in light of the specs and pricing of the new Nexus 7. They should've either used a 1080p panel and slightly increased the price, or stuck with the 720p panel and decreased the price. Somehow I think the 1080p route would've made more sense, and made for a more compelling product.
  • pearl62 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    It's also possible they can't actually get their hands on any 1080p 7" displays, as they are all allocated to much more important customers...
  • Laxaa - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    Yeah. What the hell?
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    Yeah, what on earth? If they wanted to not go all the way with a 1920x1200 screen, I hear Barnes & Noble has stock they want to shift (1440x900)..
  • 1Angelreloaded - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    What? Nook HD + on the father's day sale I picked up for 165$ total after tax and 3-5 day shipping, and that has a 1920x1200 screen res and is 9inch, grant t it only has TI omap proc, but still has google play, and its only lackable feature is cameras for Skype, but for that price I'm not arguing.
  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    2" difference puts them in completely different categories, afaic. Glad you like it though.
  • HighTech4US - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    No GPS on the HOOK, so no Google Maps Navagation.
  • Krysto - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    Isn't that as much as the latest "high-end" iPhone?
  • Impulses - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    Huh? IPhones run like $450-650, you only get them cheaper thru a contract subsidy... The prices for these tablets are what they are, period. Did you mean iPod touch or something?
  • superjim - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    For $200 the specs are actually really good. The Tegra 4 alone is a beast. Had it been 1920x1200 res then it could easily be a Nexus 7 killer.

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