“We took out $150 in build materials, things like expensive memory,” he said. “At $199, you can just about buy a tablet at a 7-Eleven.”
The above quote comes from Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA CEO, in an interview with Quentin Hardy of the New York Times. We don’t know what product they were talking about, but the discussion surrounded a quad-core Tegra 3 powered tablet selling for $199 this summer.
Key NVIDIA partner ASUS already announced $249 MeMo 370T tablet with Tegra 3 at CES, but we have heard nothing about the device since then.
For awhile, the popular rumor was that Google had struck a deal with ASUS to lower the retail price of this 7-inch Tegra 3 tablet by $50 and turn it into a “Nexus tablet.” Based on everything we know, including the recent comments from Jen-Hsun, that sounded like a viable plan.
But then we were told the rumored $199 Tegra 3 product was canned in favor of a $149 Non-Tegra 3 version.
At this point everything surrounding a “Nexus tablet” is still rumor and speculation, but NVIDIA’s CEO seems pretty confident that their partners can deliver an amazing Tegra 3 product at the magical $199 price point.
Considering the recent Nexus debacle, maybe this $199 Tegra 3 tablet would be better off on its own with ASUS providing the software updates.