For the past several weeks, we’ve been seeing more and more signs of NVIDIA’s work towards an Android tablet. That’s included benchmarks, a number of leaked pics, and even the device’s regulatory certification; by all accounts, the tablet seemed nearly ready to go. As it turns out, that wasn’t far from the truth, and today NVIDIA formally announced the Tegra Note.
The big news concerns how the tablet will be sold. NVIDIA isn’t just going to release the Tegra Note itself, and instead a number of different partners will introduce the tablet to markets in regions around the world: EVGA, PNY, Oysters, XOLO and more are set to be involved. While the hardware is NVIDIA’s design, we’ll be seeing these companies actually selling the tablets, and talk of “features that speak to local consumers” make it sound like some may add their own twists – maybe software enhancements?
As to that hardware, the Tegra Note will obviously run a Tegra 4 SoC and support a stylus, as has been suggested by many of those earlier leaks. There’s dual front-facing speakers with what NVIDIA calls “the widest frequency range in a tablet,” a seven-inch 1280 x 800 display, 16GB of storage with micro SD expansion, and a rear five megapixel camera NVIDIA says is “groundbreaking” thanks to the Tegra 4’s processing abilities.
Some of that sounds really nice – the stylus could be great if implemented correctly, and we’re optimistic about performance. Then there are things like that display that just seem out-of-date when compared to devices like the new Nexus 7.
NVIDIA says that the Tegra Note should sell for about $200. Look for some of those partner companies to start releasing the tablet in the next few months.