Google reveals Tegra K1-powered Project Tango tablet

This past winter, Google let us know about one of its latest advanced Android experiments, the reality-mapping Project Tango. Using some Kinect-like sensors, the handset’s designed to be able to scan its surroundings and create 3D maps. Google’s already made that hardware available to developers, but more recently we heard about a new spin on Project Tango, with word that Google was working on a seven-inch Tango tablet that would be released sometime this month. Well, we’re still not sure just when it might ship, but Google has gone ahead and announced its Project Tango Tablet Development Kit.

Here’s what we know so far: it’s a seven-incher, just as rumored (no word on resolution), and packs the same kind of scanning hardware as we see on the Tango smartphone. But even if we were to ignore that aspect of the tablet (the very stuff that makes it part of Project Tango in the first place), it still offers some very high-end components. Those include a hefty 4GB of RAM, 128GB internal storage, and an NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC. That’s the beast of a chip we saw NVIDIA debut back at CES, and the one that’s been making a name for itself in benchmarks since.

Considering we’d heard mention of NVIDIA chips when discussing leaks connected to Flounder, a possible codename for the Nexus 8, we wonder if it might not have been this Tango tablet responsible for those findings, instead.

Google’s taking sign-ups right now for devs interested in the tablet when it becomes available “later this year,” but we don’t know if that’s weeks or months away. And when it does get here, those devs are going to have to pay a hefty $1024 to get their hands on the tablet; all that high-end hardware doesn’t come cheap.

Source: Google
Via: Android Police

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