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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  • ollienightly - Friday, September 20, 2013 - link

    They need 2GB of RAM first. 1200p or not.
  • lancesundrich - Thursday, September 19, 2013 - link

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  • asdasdasdcan - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    for 1280x800 res 1gb is enough. ram management is all about software and stock adroid does a pretty good job about that. this is not a full fledge desktop. therefore the programs are not aimed to be running on crazy high specs. seriously, if you dont know no shit about technology just dont act arrogantly. evga is nvidias closest partner. they will make a heck of a job manufacturing this and stock android is just really stable. it does not have as much bugs as something like a sense or a touchwiz device. ıts so annoying of you f.ackers complaining about resolutions and ram. it's all about the ppi josh darn it just dont be a dumbf.ack
  • Drumsticks - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    Certainly not a bad first attempt, and the stylus is sure to draw some people at this price. But it better be a *good* 1280x800 display if it wants to compete with a $30 nexus 4 that has probably an equivalent SoC, a "slightly"? better front facing camera, and will possibly do better on battery life (although it's a lower res display and less RAM with a slightly larger battery) so maybe not.. Also, it has more RAM than the Note.

    Doesn't look like a bad t ablet for the price though, assuming the stylus looks well and has the right support.
  • BMNify - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    Google susbsidised Nexus devices are not available to the majority of the world, so this Tegra Note makes sense for that big market.
  • Impulses - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    That Google subsidized rhetoric is pretty tiring... What does that make this, an NV subsidized tablet? Just because Google isn't making any money off the Nexus line doesn't mean ASUS or others aren't.
  • BMNify - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    Huh!! what rhetoric? why get angry over truth, Nexus devices are sold at cost by Google, Nexus 4 costs $400-$500 in majority of the world when compared to few countries who got it for GOOGLE SUBSIDISED $200-$300.
  • Impulses - Thursday, September 19, 2013 - link

    I'm not angry, you're the one that seems angry Google doesn't sell the Nexus line in X or Y country, angry enough to remind us about it in multiple comments here... Hey, I'd be angry too! (Google does do a piss poor job of expanding many services globally, not just Nexus sales) I don't see how it's a negative that Google's pricing those devices aggressively tho, which is what the subsidy comments seem to imply (maybe I'm wildly misreading thetone). Most other similar devices fall in the opposite end of the spectrum and are wildly overpriced given the BoM and the mobile OS they run...
  • thesavvymage - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    They say google subsidized because in countries that dont have Google Play to buy it from it still costs $500+ instead of 2 or 300
  • Impulses - Thursday, September 19, 2013 - link

    So by that logic this is an NV subsidized tablet, they can't possibly be breaking even if they are putting their own chips in it and selling it for close to what a N7 sells for...

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