May 23 AT 11:27 AM Taylor Wimberly 36 Comments

NVIDIA’s Kai platform will deliver $199 quad-core tablets

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“At $199, you can just about buy a tablet at a 7-Eleven,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA CEO, when he was discussing the future of tablets powered by his company’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor. We have been discussing rumors of a $199 “Nexus tablet” for months and now it appears that could become a reality soon.

At NVIDIA’s annual meeting of stockholders the company revealed their new Kai platform, which will enable quad-core tablets running Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point.

ASUS previously announced their $249 MeMo 370T tablet at CES, which included a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, but that device never came to market. Rumors suggested that Google was collaborating with ASUS to lower the price to $199 and sell it in their Play Store, but we are still waiting on official confirmation.

Now that the Wall St. Journal is reporting that up to five OEM partners will sell devices through the new Google Play Store, it looks likely we will see the ASUS 7-inch tablet finally go on sale. We don’t know exactly when it will hit stores, but Google’s annual developer conference is scheduled to begin on June 27th and that is when most are expecting some kind of announcement.

Some of the details and specs could change, but it’s highly likely we will be able to purchase a $199 tablet with Android 4.x and a quad-core processor in the coming months. I tend to gravitate towards the larger 10-inch tablets, but this 7-inch, $199 tablet should be the best deal available when it arrives.

Anyone still saving up for this?

The ASUS MeMo 370T that never went on sale looks similar to NVIDIA's Kai platform.

Via: The Verge

Source: NVIDIA

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    VERY much looking forward to this – this is GREAT!

    Now I hope they have a $250 10″ version with keyboard dock soon! :-D

    • LukeT32

      Agreed. I have been waiting for this tablet since they first announced it.

  • http://willoughbyjunction.com Jayson Olson

    I am. After buying a refurbed Kindle Fire for around $139, I am really looking forward to a more robust and open market $199 tab since I miss some apps that Amazon doesn’t yet make available (if they ever will).

    The $199-249 is the sweet spot for me, so count me as one in line.

    • spazby

      why buy 2 lower end tablets? i am assuming from your comments they are both for you and if that’s the case, why not just buy a higher end one? Not knocking you down, just curious. Do you have prime membership and that’s why the need for kindle?

  • Noven

    I will be buying one of these to keep at my bedside.

    Would be nice to leave it there whenever I want to check something or read a few more chapters of a book. Then I can leave another tablet in my bag ready to go.

  • Chris Hall

    Definately. I hope this gets the Google Play Hardware Marketplace up and running in a big way. I’d much rather buy a stock or barely skinned Tablet through Google than having to hunt through physical retail stores for a particular tablet at a decent price or depend on shipping from Hong Kong or some other such nonsense as you see with some online retailers.

  • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

    I will believe it when I see it :) Google, you’re not listening, aren’t you? I would not buy an Android tablet like this ;;) :wink-wink:

    • HookedONTabs

      Dude,if that was hard to believe, this is really going to mess with your mind. It is not only possible but an Asus 7” tablet cleared FCC today so you will see it soon.
      Dude, this is where it started. Asus announces at CES Januray 2012, a new $249, 7” tablet called Memo 370T with Quad Core, Android, Big Camera, SD, HDMI, IPS display and a digitizer pen, and so on. That was the most talked about item at the entire show. SO WHEN GOOGLE OFFERED ASUS A CONTRACT ON DELIVERY FOR 600,000 UNITS TO START. Then it makes dollars and sense that Asus could market these to Google, at a lower price for a few simple reasons:1) They don’t have to pay Google for licensing or using the Google Market or Play Store as it is now called 2) They have NO advertising costs and they are taking ZERO market risks because they are selling pre-sold items. 3) Nvidia just announced the KAI PLATFORM (a lower priced Tegra 3, that sips battery) cutting processor costs. PLUS ASUS GETS CREDIT FOR BUILDING THIS UNIT. MOST LIKELY THEY CUT A DEAL WITH GOOGLE FOR CHEAPER LICENSING OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT FOR FUTURE UNITS THEREBY SHAVING A FEW BUCKS OFF FOR GOOGLE or BETTER YET ALLOWING ASUS 4.1 JELLY BEAN BEFOE ANYONE ELSE. So it is more then possible that Google could sell this unit for $200 . Keep in mind, that Kindle Fire was said to be sold at a $7 lose. Now consider this, Asus builds this tablet for Google and they leave off a feature of two and throw in a cheaper processor and then Google sells the tablet for $149. The $149 may not come about, but many think it will. But rest assured that the $199 price point is a SURE THING IF NOT LESS. Then Asus comes right back and sells the DELUXE VERSION MeMo370T for $250 and Asus has their cake and eats it too. Who Wins, Everybody, including consumers. Makes Total sense given all the business angles.

  • droilfade

    This could totally redefine the tablet market…or just fizz out like the ADAM. I hope it does really well. King Kai!

  • Jimmy13

    This is awesome! I cam only really afford an accessory android device in the 200 hundred dollar range. I have a nook color and and kindle fire rooted and running Gingerbread but they were never meant to be a full on android tablet and it shows. No volume rockers on the Fire etc. This would be great to see an affordable tablet meant to be a android tablet with some good specs.

  • honourbound68

    count me in for a 7″ and 10″ :) been holding off on buying the 7″ tab 2.0 from costco for $240 so this is great news

    • HookedONTabs

      Don’t waste your money on the Galaxy Tab 2 7. I had it and the GalaxyTab 10.1 from Costco. The 7″ was a TERRIBLE DISPLAY, 1024×600 with weak weak weak colors. The blacks are medium gray the whites are light gray. The pdf scrolling takes weeks to fill in. They are using the Kindle processor. The two good things about this table besides ICS, is the screen capture button on the home page with a very dumbed down version of the Galaxy Note write over capture screen, and the IR Blaster to run your TV systems. I really wanted to keep it, but the soft colors, slow speeds, and other things made me return it. I know I am spoiled by my Galaxy Note phone 1280×800 Super AMOLED HD, but it is (GN) too small to use as tablet after several thousand hours using a 10.1 IPS tablet. Check Amazon reviews, they have over 20% 1 star reviews out of 5 stars.

  • Pallen

    Oh yes, I have been waiting to see what 730T would finally end up being, hopefully it is close to the original specs as it was announced at CES. Perhaps this new Kai platform will allow it to be sold for $199 price point so many have been wanting to achieve. I just hope the specs are not scrimped on to much to achieve a lower price point. Personally I am wanting a higher end 7″ device with some good specs, the 730T tablet as announced at CES was just such a device to me, and well worth the $249 they were asking. But hey I’m not stupid, give me those same specs for $49 less I would be happy.

    • AmericanJedi001

      * 370T ;-)

      • Pallen

        Thank you :)

    • HookedONTabs

      you will wait a long time for the 730T, try the 370T, wink

  • Yonas

    I was waiting for the MeMo either way,but from the looks of it…..we won’t get our hands on it,so i guess another cheap quad-core 7′ incher won’t hurt,plus stock android,to me that’s an improvement on the boat.

  • @hmcmobile

    Promise is a comfort to a fool. Hopefully the move their raas.

  • redraider133

    This if it holds up could be great for android tablets. Not to mention hopefully drive the prices down.

  • SanzaBlancoAkA2C

    “Anyone still saving up for this?” You kidding me? The moment this becomes available I’m all over it. I currently have another 7″ tablet, the Acer Iconia A100 and because of its terrible battery life I’m dying to get my hands on one of these.

  • nivekkev

    I could see getting this, the price is right, hope everything else is too, and if that is the case, I will get this and put off getting a new phone just a wee bit longer

  • jamal adam

    Take my money!!

  • uknowme

    That sounds awesome! I’ll be waiting for more info. I’m still waiting for the upgraded Transformer Prime too.

  • prakreet

    Tablets for the masses.. Yippee.. It will be a smash hit..

  • Laurel laurel25

    I will definitely be buying one of these!

  • alan

    Hopefully they will make some for launch day. Asus was terrible at releasing the OG transformer and the prime. If its a hot tablet it will be even worse

  • cwjones4

    strange. I keep throwing money at my computer screen and nothing happens…

    but in all seriousness, i would buy one of these in a heartbeat. It would be great it it came with decent front/back cameras, but even with a VGA front I wouldn’t hesitate.

    • EdgarEvans

      Have you considered the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0? It has decent specs, two cameras (VGA front-facing) and runs Android ICS. I haven’t bought it yet, but I’ve tried it out at the store and it seems like a nice tablet. Seems to be getting pretty solid reviews too.

      • HookedONTabs

        Sorry to repeat myself, but you need to know this:
        Don’t waste your money on the Galaxy Tab 2 7. I had it and the GalaxyTab 10.1 from Costco. The 7″ was a TERRIBLE DISPLAY, 1024×600 with weak weak weak colors. The blacks are medium gray the whites are light gray. The pdf scrolling takes weeks to fill in. They are using the Kindle processor. The two good things about this table besides ICS, is the screen capture button on the home page with a very dumbed down version of the Galaxy Note write over capture screen, and the IR Blaster to run your TV systems. I really wanted to keep it, but the soft colors, slow speeds, and other things made me return it. I know I am spoiled by my Galaxy Note phone 1280×800 Super AMOLED HD, but it is (GN) too small to use as tablet after several thousand hours using a 10.1 IPS tablet. Check Amazon reviews, they have over 20% 1 star reviews out of 5 stars.

  • bellken

    I hope this one makes it to market, the MeMo 370T would have been pretty sweet, even at $249.

  • inviolable

    If its only 7 inches, don’t care.

  • masterpfa

    Google IO will be the event to watch out for.

    Rumours have the tendency of inflating expectations and resulting to a degree in disappointment, take the Galaxy SIII for example, an awesome phone, but didn’t match up to the 14MP, 2GB RAM etc that had been rumoured for months.

    I await developments on this front as a Nexus Tablet I would welcome

  • Mix

    A $199 quad-core tablet means I buy an impulse tablet, especially at the 7″ marker as I find the the 10″ tablets are too bulky.

    It’s ok, you like 10″ tablets better and hate 7″ ones so voting this comment down is only natural.

  • Jack

    I don’t spend $199 at 7-Eleven, and don’t know anyone who ever has.
    Anyway, looks like a great tablet.

  • n25philly

    I need more details. I’d be more excited with a 10″ 2560 x 1600 resolution (cough, cough, Samsung get your asses in gear, cough, cough) even if it costs more. This will certainly get consideration if it happens.

    • HookedONTabs

      Galaxy Note 10 coming soon, with S Pen and Super PLS display (I use a PLS Samsung Monitor, I have the cheap $1200 one not the $5000 one, but it is might nice with the right graphics card) The Galaxy Note has the fastest quad core of any tablet on the market as of this second. It even runs a split screen so you can multi-task. Just hope it is not Windows 8 price point, then that would be a downer. Windows 8 will give a full functional tablet with disk burning and will do anything you PC can do. So far tablets are toys, the Metro will change all of that forever. But Samsung, when not trying to hit a price point like on the Tab 2 junk, makes some impressive displays.