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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  • BMNify - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    Google subsidised Nexus 7 is not available outside 5-6 countries, so this a much better option for the majority of the world.
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    And let's not forget the microSD slot -- something you'll never see on a Nexus.
  • sherlockwing - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    Nexus 7 2013 Wifi/LTE is available in 10 countries, not 5-6: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
  • BMNify - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    10 out of 249 countries is still leaving the majority of world market which makes much more sense for Tegra note.
  • nerd1 - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    digitizer alone justifies $100 (or MORE, considering pen options for iDevices)
  • Impulses - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    Passive stylus = digitizer?
  • ruzveh - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    There is also no mention of Bluetooth? Battery is very less and also there is requirement of better front camera on tablets then rear one as it will help other people to see a better face when doing skype. I see other people with such a bad video when u do skype with them coz that VGA suc
  • HighTech4US - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    The rest of the specs and features include 802.11bgn WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS and Wireless Display, bucnh of sensors and micro USB port.

    Quote: "Battery is very less"

    10 hours isn't enough for you?
  • Hector2 - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    I'm waiting for the new, cheaper pre-Xmas tablets to come out --- especially to see how new Intel-based tablets look. It'll be interesting to see if vendors actually do come out with $100 tablets like Intel has predicted. Since I have a 6-core desktop and a dual core laptop, I don't need a tablet, but I'll bite if they're cheap enough with the right features
  • HighTech4US - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - link

    $100 tablets will just be toys for children, maybe okay for ebook readers and casual browsing but not for much else.

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