Nvidia’s Tegra 3 turned out to be quite the popular SoC, thanks in large part to the popularity of the original Nexus 7. The Tegra 4, however, has seen a much different fate. Due to poor Windows sales and a lost bid in the 2013 Nexus 7, the Tegra 4 has experienced weak sales with no real change in sight. So Nvidia is taking matters into its own hands.
What would the new Nexus 7 have been like if it was powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4, rather than a Qualcomm chip? Look to the Tegra Tab to find out. Leaked photos have hit the web depicting a tablet that looks very similar to the original Nexus 7, with a matte rubber driving glove like texture on the back, bearing the words Tegra Tab.
According to reports linked to the photos, the tablet will be manufactured by Shenzhen Homecare Technology. Shenzhen Homecare Technology recently announced they were building a Tegra 4 tablet, one that lines up well with the Tegra Tab. And the company recently revealed some insider photos of meetings with Nvidia, one that includes a picture of a white board with “Nexus 7″ written on it.
As for the Tegra Tab itself, all we can discern from the pictures is that it would come with a rear camera, micro-HDMI port, 7-inch display and stylus support. Stylus support lends credibility to the leaks, since Nvidia has ben advertising DirectTouch and DirectStylus advanced stylus support in their Tegra 3 and Tegra 4 devices for some time now.
With Nvidia filing a trademark for Tegra Tab in the US in April, we wouldn’t be surprised if the tablet eventually made its way here. If it did, would you have any interest in it?