Sep 18 AT 8:00 AM Sean Riley 25 Comments

NVIDIA unveils Tegra Note platform; 7-inch Tegra 4 tablets coming in Q4 for around $199


NVIDIA has taken the wraps off what we once knew as the Tegra Tab this morning and has rechristened it the Tegra Note. Tegra Note is not a device, however; it is a platform.

NVIDIA has chosen not to go with the SHIELD model for the Tegra Note and instead has partnered with companies around the world to sell branded versions of the Tegra Note.

In North America the platform will be brought to you by EVGA and PNY. Europe will have EVGA, Oysters and ZOTAC. The Asia-Pacific region is covered by Colorful, Shenzhen Homecare Technology and ZOTAC. Finally India will see Tegra Note hardware from XOLO.

While a variety of manufacturers will be producing Tegra Notes, the software and the OTA updates will come directly from NVIDIA. Like SHIELD the Tegra Note will feature a basically stock install of Android. NVIDIA claims it will be running the latest version of Android at launch.

As the Note name suggests, the stylus input is an important part of the platform. But unlike Samsung’s Note tablets and smartphones, the Tegra Note doesn’t rely on an active stylus. Typically, using a passive stylus has made for a fairly questionable handwriting experience, but one of the features of Tegra 4 is their DirectStylus technology. DirectStylus is designed to bring pressure sensitivity to a passive stylus along with the ability to detect a writing tip versus an eraser.

The specs for the Tegra Note platform are as follows:

  • Tegra 4
  • 7-inch IPS LCD display at 1280 x 800
  • 5 MP rear facing camera and VGA front-facing camera
  • 16GB storage with microSD slot for expansion
  • Front facing “HD audio” speakers
  • Micro HDMI out

NVIDIA is claiming that Tegra Note devices should be capable of at least 10 hours of HD video playback, but no specifics on the battery size yet.

NVIDIA has touted the photo processing of the Tegra 4 since it was first announced, and the company is hoping to show that off on the Tegra Note with SmugMug’s Camera Awesome app. The app will have some Tegra 4 exclusive features, such as “tap-to-track and 100 frames per second video with slow motion playback.”

Gaming, as always, is a big selling point for NVIDIA. These tablets will, of course, have access to Tegra Zone and all of the enhanced features that Tegra 4 brings to those games.

NVIDIA will also be bringing multiple accessories to market for the Tegra Notes. These include a smart case with magnets that will allow for multiple stand configurations for the tablet and a DirectStylus Pro Pack, which will offer interchangeable stylus tips.

The pricing should be a big selling feature for the Tegra Note; NVIDIA says the suggested retail price will be $199. For those who find a stylus to be an interesting addition for a tablet, this is a huge savings versus the Samsung Note 8.0, which can be found for $359.

We should start seeing the Tegra Note based tablets as early as next month.

The idea of a less expensive tablet that puts a priority on the stylus input is interesting to me as the owner of a Galaxy Note II and a fan of pen input. Are any of you interested in picking up a Tegra Note tablet when they hit the market?

Source: NVIDIA Blog

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • tmihai20

    It was about time. This is another thing Google has done it first and it won’t get credit for it :)

    • renz

      ‘google has done it first’ – no offense but care to explain what is it?

  • pekosROB

    Just got a Nexus 7 for work but this would be nice with the stylus and microSD.

  • nivekkev

    Everything sounded really nice up until the 16gb part. That is not enough onboard memory especially for a system geared towards gaming, Needs at least 32gb.

    • Ryan

      16GB with microSD slot. Expandable memory=more than 16GB

      • thel0nerang3r

        As long as they allow apps to be moved to SD. Most devices can’t, they keep apps on internal storage.

        • Prashant

          I guess using something like app2sd; shouldnt be a problem. Same for Nv shield

    • renz

      well it is the base platform spec. manufacturer like EVGA or PNY can add more if they see there is a need to

  • Co1e

    Sounds pretty good for the price. I might just pick one up later, but for now my spare cash is on hold for the next nexus phone.

    A giveaway mayhaps? (wink wink)

  • Note 3
    • Co1e

      That phone is totes a squashbuckler!!

    • Sean Riley

      I would have flagged this comment and deleted it as spam, but I enjoy Co1e’s response too much.

    • Larne

      The typo became an attractive prospect! :D

  • Roel

    Is it the Tegra 4i or Tegra 4 soc?
    Could mean a huge difference

    • Sean Riley

      It’s the Tegra 4.

    • renz

      tegra 4. nvidia already mention that device based on T4i won’t come until early next year.

  • NamelessTed

    So I think I found my tablet. I have been considering getting thew new Nexus 7, that display resolution is extremely tempting. But, I think a lower resolution is worth the rest of these features. Tegra, front facing speakers, stylus, and expandable storage. All of this sounds awesome.

    • Dana W

      I’m with you on this one. I have an iPad, but I love gaming on my Shield this is the tablet I’ve been waiting for. Soon as it hits the shops, its mine.

  • Andy_jr

    Yes, this is very interesting! I will be waiting for the first reviews after release.

  • renz

    about the battery will be 4100mAh

  • donger

    Not bad.

  • TexasGator

    I absolutely will be buying one the second it comes out. Wish we had a where & when date?!

  • TexasGator

    Does anyone know when Shield will work w/ gaming notebooks? And a few recs would be appreciated w respect to what gaming notebook manufacturer & model/specs to buy. Thanks ladies & gents

  • Old Fogey

    With the DirectStylus, this looks to be almost the perfect device for me. “Almost” is because of the screen size …. think I have seen reference to 8-inch and may-be 10 inch devices. Would be very grateful for any pointers for those …. then “I’m in”!

  • David

    It’d be nice if they made a 250-300 $ version with a 1080p display. That’d make it mine for sure