Is the Tegra Tab Nvidia’s first Android tablet?

August 9, 2013
Rumors are swirling around Nvidia’s plans to enter the tablet market. The chipmaker might launch an entry-level 7-inch tablet called Tegra Tab, as well as a Tegra 5-powered model in 2014.

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The Shield, Nvidia’s Android-powered handheld gaming console, has just hit the stores to good reviews, and it looks that more consumer devices are coming from the Santa Clara chipmaker.

Seemingly out of the blue, a couple of unrelated reports that emerged in the last few days claim that Nvidia is working on its own tablet devices.

First, these two pictures emerged on Chinese language websites, along with speculation that Nvidia has teamed up with a company called Shenzhen Homecare Technology to manufacture the device.

From the two pics, we can tell that the “Tegra Tab” is a 7-inch device that supports stylus input, a micro-HDMI port, and features the distinctive dotted finish of the Nexus 7 (2012). According to Chinese sources, Shenzhen Homecare Technology has at least discussed a partnership with Nvidia, as proven by the recent appearance of an Nvidia China executive at a company event.

The Verge noted that Tegra Tab is a trademark that Nvidia filed for back in April.

The second source supporting the theory of an Nvidia tablet is Fudzilla, which claims it received news about the availability of such a device. Specifically, Nvidia is going to launch the device in the US and Canada first, with plans for a later expansion in Western Europe.

Sources also told Fudzilla that Nvidia is working on a higher end device equipped with a Tegra 5/Logan SoC, that could possibly launch in the first quarter of 2014. Considering that the Shield was unveiled at CES this year, it’s reasonable to believe that CES 2014 will host the launch of Nvidia’s Logan-powered tablet.

Nvidia can’t handle the heat in the mobile SoC business

So, what’s with this sudden interest in consumer electronics, from a company that was, for years, content with a behind the scenes role? Put simply, Nvidia can’t handle the heat in the mobile SoC business. Qualcomm is simply too strong right now, and other players are vying for second place, while Nvidia’s has been facing big issues in bringing competitive products to market.

Nvidia needs to find new and creative ways to promote and sell its silicon products, which explains why it put out the Shield and opened up its extensive GPU IP trove for licensing.

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    I wouldn’t get any kind of Tegra device, because there are so many compatibility issues and problems I’ve heard people complaining about.

    • Anders CT

      Well, I’m typing this on a HP Slatebook and it is an awesome device with Tegra 4. NVIDIA may be hitting a rough stretch, but it’s good to see that at least they are not quitters :)

      • renz

        so you already got one? i heard that they got intel HD4000 graphic under the hood. is it true?

        • MasterMuffin

          Tegra 4 with Intel HD4000?

          • renz

            that was i heard. somehow no changes to the tegra 4 inside. they just add intel hd4k graphic to work with it.

          • MasterMuffin

            I visited their official page and no mention about that in specs. They’d advertise that if it were so

        • K.

          Nvidia uses its one graphic solutions for the Tegra Soc. It would have been absurd for a GPU company like Nvidia to use someone else GPU! They even started to License their GPU IP to 3rd parties.

      • MasterMuffin

        Awesome maybe, but stuff like Gameloft’s top games not working like they should and Screencast not working (for example) makes me not want to have anything to do with nVidia (on the mobile phone side). Or at least those things were true with Tegra 3, don’t know about Tegra 4 yet, but we’ll see

        • mikegonzalez2k

          Gameloft is a joke, most of their games aren’t even compatible with Android 4.0. Nvidia isn’t to blame on that one.

      • Seth Forbus

        People like me who dump shiploads of money into new desktop graphic cards every year will keep them afloat. Putting 2X 770′s into your desktop isn’t cheap after all.

      • mikegonzalez2k

        Nvidia is not hitting a rough stretch. If you did your research you’d see they are doing fine. The US government gave them over $32 million last year alone for funding to improve embedded technology.
        I don’t see AMD being given these contracts.

        $20 million DARPA Contract
        http://www.zdnet.com/nvidia-inks-20-million-darpa-contract-7000008815/

        $12 million Exascale Research Contract
        http://hothardware.com/News/NVIDIA-Lands-12million-Contract-For-Exascale-Research/

    • mikegonzalez2k

      I have a Transformer Prime, I don’t have compatibility issues.
      That’s not the way it works. Either the developer makes the game specifically enhanced with Tegra or it runs it normal.
      Either way the game works fine.

      • MasterMuffin

        That’s just what I’ve heard :)

  • LOL

    Problably made to get rid of Tegra stocks which manufacturers don’t use

  • Yeahba

    with Crap Audio Chip. Recommended for gamers though.

  • mikegonzalez2k

    This is why a Tegra5 tablet would kick ass. No tablet on the planet is capable of this level of detail except Nvdia’s Project Logan (Tegra5)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx0t-WJFXzo