Tegra Note revealed: a Tegra 4-powered reference tablet for $199

by: Bogdan PetrovanSeptember 18, 2013

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It looks that Russian tech blogger Eldar Murtazin was spot on when he reported back in January that Nvidia would offer white label services to small partners in the tablet market.

The first result of the program is the Nvidia Tegra Note: a 7-inch reference tablet powered by Tegra 4, that Nvidia will sell through its partners at prices starting from $199. But before we discuss the relatively peculiar way Nvidia is going to market the Tegra Note, let’s cover the basics.

Tegra Note specs and features

  • Dimensions: 199 x 119 x 9.6 mm, 320g
  • SoC: Tegra 4, quad-core Cortex-A15 @1.8GHz, GeForce 72-core GPU
  • Display: 7-inch IPS LCD, HD (1280 x 800), 215 ppi
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB, microSD card slot, up to 32GB
  • Battery: 4100 mAh, 10 hours of HD video playback promised
  • Cameras: 5MP rear, VGA front
  • Micro HDMI
  • Operating system: “latest Android OS”, OTAs to be provided by Nvidia directly

The spec sheet above paints the picture of a reasonably capable device, especially for the $199 price tag touted by Nvidia. In addition, Nvidia baked a few interesting features inside the Tegra Note:

  • Nvidia DirectStylus – DirectStylus is a passive stylus technology, that detects various types of stylus tips based on their shape and allows user to change the width of the stroke by varying the pressure. Nvidia claims DirectStylus should deliver the same results as a $20 active input stylus. Some partner versions of Nvidia may offer the Tegra Note bundled with brush and chisel stylus tips.
  • Chimera camera technology – Nvidia bills Chimera as the “world’s first mobile computational photography architecture”, which simply means that the Tegra 4 processor is able to process the image from the camera in real time, to achieve effects such as always on HDR photography, 100fps slow-motion, and HD panoramas. The Note exclusively packs the Camera Awesome app, which was iOS-only until now.
  • PureAudio – Nvidia claims that the Tegra Note delivers the “widest frequency range in a tablet” through the front-facing stereo speakers with bass-reflex.
  • TegraZone gaming and Bluetooth-enabled game controller mode – unsurprisingly, the Tegra Note is Tegra Zone ready; the device can be used as a game controller via Bluetooth, similarly to the Shield.

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Tegra Note price, availability, and partners

Nvidia will have a contract manufacturer build the Tegra Note and offer smaller partners around the world the possibility to simply put their name on the Note and sell it as their own device. This model, commonly known as white label service, means that Nvidia will not sell the Tegra Note itself.

To avoid having multiple partners compete against each other with the same device, Nvidia selected a limited number of companies that will sell their Note variant. These are:

The Tegra Note-based devices will sell starting from $199 and partners will get to make small changes to its hardware, meaning that the final price may differ from Nvidia’s recommendation.

The first tablets based on the Tegra Note reference device should start hitting the market this October.

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    • MasterMuffin

      How? The only thing that’s bad is the resolution, but that gives the tablet the possibility to be super extra mega fast and probably the fastest tablet at its price category

      • Paul

        1GB RAM?

        • MasterMuffin

          Oh I misred that. Well “fudge” that :D

          • Ivan Myring

            Well, as they said at android police, because it isn’t a single tablet, but a platform, that is probably just for the most basic one. For $299 you probably get 2GB &FHD

          • MasterMuffin

            True dat, though I’d be fine with a 1600×900 screen if it cuts the price to 249 or less

          • OMGgary

            Yeah but for that kind of money ($299) I would probably be inclined to go for a Nexus 7 2013. 30 quid less, and with the Nexus there is a greater certainty of regular updates to the latest and greatest version till at least mid-2015.

  • Kevin

    Everything is perfect except the RAM.

    • Obed David Perez Uri

      Ram seems fine for me :P

  • D. Sharer

    Im sorry but 2GB of RAM is a requirement for any new Android devices, 1GB just doesnt cut it anymore. The first GB on my GS3 and N7 Flo is almost always in use with just my always-on apps. Cant believe they would make the mistake of cutting corners on RAM, that is the one aspect of a device you should not do that with.

  • Sadman Hossain

    I think its a great device. I mean you cant be expecting too much from a $199 tablet. Despite the low Ram and Resolution(although we’ve used 1280×800 resolution devices more, people are still going to complain) the specs are pretty decent. Good Going from Nvidia!

    • renz

      for 7 inch tablet the res are still good enough. i was just hoping they at least pack 2GB of RAM with the device.

  • Luka Mlinar

    I wonder how this is gonna compare to the Nexus 7.

    • Chris Martinelli

      My bet – It will be faster, but run hot. We know it has less RAM and much lower resolution… So it depends on what is most important to you.

  • vaghoust

    they try to sell out their unpolpular project with outdated hardware and software exclusives,they mentioned the OTAs because they know why they failed this year

  • Enrico Conca

    Hope some partner will go for 2GB of RAM.

  • Kevin

    Everywhere else, including Nvidia’s Tegra blog is reporting this without listing the clock speed or the RAM. They also indicate that their partners will be able to customize the tablet somewhat. To me, this implies that the partners will set the clock speed, decide on how much RAM to include, and set the price.
    Hoping whoever sells this in the USA goes with a higher clock speed and 2GB of RAM. If so, then this is pretty much an ideal tablet. The resolution is a little low, but that is barely noticable on a 7 inch screen.

  • Collin dubya

    1gb ram?? no thanks.

    • K.

      Nvidia never gave the quantity of ram of the tablet. Look at the source. Since the partners can make small modifications to the hardware it will be up to them to decide how much ram to put.

  • Owen Lednor

    Hopefully those in the Asia-Pacific Market will choose to put 2gb of RAM in, this looks good and has some decent specs… A definite buy :)