NVIDIA Unveils the Tegra Note; 7-Inch Android Tablet Powered by Tegra 4
Last month there were rumors about an NVIDIA Tegra Tab, a 7" tablet from the company, and now it looks like those were mostly true. NVIDIA recently unveiled the Tegra Note, which is designed by NVIDIA but brought to stores by its various partners. In North America, EVGA and PNY are among the partners listed; EVGA, ZOTAC, and Oysters in Europe; ZOTAC, Colorful, and Shenzhen Homecare Technology in Asia; and XOLO in India. It means the individual markets can have tablets tailored to them, though what exactly that entails isn't exactly known yet.
What we do know about the Tegra Note is mighty impressive, as it's a 7", Android tablet with a Tegra 4 processor at its core, plus 16GB of built-in storage that can be expanded with a microSD card. Audio is handled by front-facing speakers and NVIDIA PureAudio technology to deliver some of the best sound found on a tablet. The 7" touchscreen is an IPS panel with a 1280x800 resolution, and if that isn't big enough for you then just use the micro HDMI port to connect it to your TV for some big screen action. NVIDIA is including a stylus with both Brush and Chisel tips for writing and painting, with DirectStylus technology for a more responsive experience. There are also some included apps for easy note taking.
A five megapixel camera on the rear and a VGA camera on the front sound fairly normal, but the Tegra Note's camera is really something else. NVIDIA's Tegra 4 helps deliver the processing power to the camera, while Chimera computational photography architecture brings some new features to the mix. There's also SmugMug's Camera Awesome app (one of iOS' best camera apps) with exclusive Tegra 4 features, like "tap-to-track" and 100fps video recording for slow-mo playback. If you want some gaming, well there's NVIDIA TegraZone to take full advantage of that Tegra 4 processor. Battery life on the Tegra Note is promised at 10 hours for video playback.
There are going to be various accessories for the Tegra Note, like a slide cover to protect the screen as well as doubling as a stand, and a DirectStylus Pro Pack with even more tips for different writing styles. Plus the Tegra Note's Bluetooth capabilities open up the potential for an assortment of game controllers and other devices to be used with the tablet.
The NVIDIA Tegra Note will be launching worldwide, through the partners mentioned earlier, over the next months. Retail pricing on it is an affordable $199.