Nov 19 AT 12:41 AM Anthony Domanico 15 Comments

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang: Tegra 3 tablets will be $299 in a few quarters

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As new technology is perfected and the cost of producing component parts decreases, the amount we pay for the latest and greatest technologies tends to decrease as well. You can get a new TV for a few hundred dollars, when people were lining up to pay $5,000+ for the first generation of flat-panels. Similarly, as newer and newer technology begins to emerge, the old is sold at a heavy discount to make way for the latest and greatest.

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was talking to a few tech journalists over lunch today, where he indicated that we would likely see the price of Tegra 3 tablets drop to below $300 in just a few quarters. This is striking to hear when one realizes that the first Tegra 3 tablet, the Asus Transformer Prime, has not yet hit store shelves, and will debut at the base price of $499 for 32 GB of storage. According to Mr. Huang, we will soon see tablets that can do much more than the recently released Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet for only $50 Р$100 more.

This could be related to NVIDIA’s projected rate of development of systems on a chip, which would see Tegra 3+ devices hitting the market in mid-2012, followed by Project Wayne (With 10-20 times the performance of Tegra 2) in early 2013. In short, competition in the mobile chipset market is intensifying, with the rate of innovation growing at an exponential rate. We are getting to the point where new chipsets are being released every 6 months, which Mr. Huang argues should help drive prices of Android tablets and smartphones down into the $300 range.

What do you guys think? Will we soon see killer tablets hitting the affordable $300 price point? For those of you who haven’t yet purchased a tablet, are you more likely to buy one at that price point?

Source: Engadget

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  • AsakuraZero

    with the rate of development of tecnology and Moore’s law, the 100 usd price drop its … something that every techie should know its going to happen and more with the high improvement rate of the ARM and mobile technology but im not cancelling my Prime pre-order thats a tablet that i should have waited when the first transformer came out.

    more optomizations and every t3 tablet are going to be Ipad killers

    • murderer anders breivik

      Look at the pic, the white punk is threatening the asian moron! lol great

  • Les

    I had already decided to wait for my birthday in May.
    before deciding on a tablet.

    meantime I have my SGSII.


    • nate

      Good for you then….sgs2 is the trex of today

  • charliethesuperturtle

    Awesome this is exciting

  • rantmo

    $299 is pretty much my ceiling for a tablet at this point. I really, really want one but I can’t justify the cost of the really nice ones and the ones that *are* in my range have catches that hold me back. In any event, I don’t plan on a tablet this year, my hope is that there’ll be some serious downward pressure on the pricing this holiday season. That, combined with the technology advances should hopefully make for a more reasonable entry point into tablets.

  • Nathan

    This is nice to know.

  • EwanRGR

    I’m just worried that the fellow may rediscover the “Osborne Effect” (computer company not the singer) where announcing something six months off kills sales of the current generation as folks decide they are happy enough with what they have to wait. For myself, I was prepared to go the Prime route ASAP, but I have to say that hearing this makes me think getting something like a Streak 7 on sale now, and then getting a Quad Core next summer is starting to make a lot of sense.

  • Jason Rex

    I personally don’t think that price is the main point. I will not buy a tablet until one comes out that will have at least 6 years of useful life to it. I don’t see adding to toxic landfills every 12 months because companies are not willing to build items with a useful life and a replaceable battery. I would pay $1000 for such a tablet, where I won’t even pay $150 for one that will not last me more than 18 months.

    • Anthony Domanico

      If modern computers have less than 6 years of useful life, how are tablets going to get there?

    • dogcatfriend

      I completely agree. The ‘Walmart effect’ is giving us cheap, disposable ‘everything’ – clothes, chairs, food, appliances. We need to go back to durable, long-term products. It will save us all money in the end.

  • Perry

    I agree with the durability argument; IP67 certification solves that IMO. Haven’t seen that on tablets, though, just Android phones (Samsung Galaxy Xcover, Motorola Defy(+) and Sony Ericsson Xperia Active).

    I don’t have a tablet right now, and I’m waiting for a “laptop killer” tablet – like the Asus Slider; lightweight, but with laptop grade performance (preferably with virtualization hardware support such as VT-X). Then I could get the best of both worlds – entertainment and work laptop in one cool, lightweight gadget.

    I actually prefer the Slider style over the Transformer, as the Slider doesn’t require a bag for bringing the keyboard along. The added weight is a phone-type problem, not a tablet problem (a “laptop killer tablet” that weighs less than 1 kg is NOT heavy).

  • Bryan Stoner

    I love the thought of 300$ Tegra 3 tablets. Now let’s talk Project Wayne!

  • wild

    I am planning to wait Cortex A15 based tablets , I think they will be much more interesting.

  • gherea

    This is nice to know.