2013 was the year when NVIDIA’s efforts to remain relevant in the always-changing smartphone and tablet industry hit a brick wall: OEM interest in the Tegra 4 seemed practically nonexistent, and it wasn’t until NVIDIA started designing hardware of its own (incorporating its SoCs, naturally), that many consumers even saw Tegra 4-running devices become available. First it revealed the NVIDIA Shield gaming system, followed late last summer by the Tegra Note tablet. The latter was an interesting concept, with NVIDIA providing the silicon and the basic design, but letting other companies manufacture and sell the device. Still, we haven’t exactly heard about it flying off the shelves. Could a little cellular connectivity be just what the doctor ordered? NVIDIA sure seems to think so, and today announced three such new versions of the Tegra Note 7.
That means one edition with US-friendly LTE bands, another with EU LTE support, and a third that’s 3G only. Look for cellular connectivity to add about $100 on to the base Tegra Note 7 price, meaning that these new versions should start right around the $300 mark.
It’s nice to have the option available, but this feels a smidge “too little, too late” to really help Tegra Note sales any. Sure, it will be a bit cheaper than the 32GB LTE Nexus 7, but that 1280 x 800 display can’t hold a candle to the 1080p panel on the Nexus tablet.