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Nvidia Thunders Into Tablet Zone with Tegra Note
Nvidia Thunders Into Tablet Zone with Tegra Note

By Nancy Owano
September 18, 2013 12:02PM

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The seven-inch Tegra Note tablets will be available next month. The key draw is the Tegra Note's stylus feature. And the Nvidia-suggested price of $199 will help many more people experience the new technologies going into Tegra Note, including its 100 percent Android OS, said Matt Wuebbling, director of Nvidia's product marketing.
 



Taking to its company blog, Nvidia announced on Wednesday that it was taking the wraps off its new tablet platform called Tegra Note, powered by its Tegra 4 reference design.

Doing so creates plenty of tablet-watching talking points, including its suggested price and feature set. Earlier this year, there was a lot of talk about a forthcoming Tegra Tab, now known as Tegra Note -- a platform that will be translated into real-life tablets by Nvidia's partners.

The seven-inch Tegra Note tablets will be available next month with a Nvidia-suggested price of $199. That price, said Matt Wuebbling, director of Nvidia's product marketing, "will help many more people experience the new technologies going into Tegra Note, including its 100 percent Android OS."

Following Nvidia's Tegra 3 reference design, the Tegra 4 design will translate into a quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU, and 72-core GeForce GPU, rear and front cameras, advanced imaging features, microSD card slot, and a micro HDMI port.

Nvidia says the Tegra Note should be able to deliver 10 hours of battery life while playing video. Features also call for a slide cover that allows a tablet to be set up in three distinct positions using built-in magnets for flexibility.

The key draw is the Tegra Note's stylus feature. The stylus takes advantage of Nvidia's DirectStylus technology. Tablet users can expect pressure-sensitive input from the passive stylus, which can be used to draw lines of different widths through varied applied pressure.

Supported by the image-processing power of Tegra 4's GPU, DirectStylus recognizes the difference between fine-tip stylus, finger, eraser and palm. This next-level stylus allows the user to apply both finer point and broader stroke control. What's more, users can write on the screen using the stylus as a pen and its opposite end can be used as an eraser.

A workforce ranging from architects to engineers to delivery fleet operators, if the tablet is marketed well, can easily appreciate these advantages.

Lineup of Partners

The platform, once realized into products, could cut into sales of Samsung and Apple tablets. A seven-inch Tegra 4-powered tablet for as little as $199 with advanced stylus input and new multimedia features, could put Nvidia, best known today for graphics chips for PCs, on the tablet map.

Nvidia's tablet lineup of partners include EVGA and PNY Technologies, Zotac, and Xolo. "In the next few months, our partners will be bringing Tegra Note to market worldwide with features that speak to local consumers," said Wuebbling. "They join other partners, he added, including HP, ASUS, Toshiba, Kobo and Xiaomi, that have already announced Tegra 4-based products."

Depending on which partners, the Tegra Note tablets will show up in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and India. Tablet accessories will include a special pack that has interchangeable stylus tips.
 

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Another series of Android tablets to launch this week that use Intel’s new processor offer impressive performance for mid-range devices that outperform many tablets with quad core processors.

Ramos Technology has partnered with Intel to introduce the i-Series with 8″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ models -- all with very competitive pricing ($199-$299) and all featuring HD displays and GPS –

Intel’s processor with Hyper-Threading technology runs four threads simultaneously and outscores many mainstream quad-core tablets in benchmark testing...

The most compact model is the Ramos i-8 ($199) and is the world’s thinnest 8″ tablet -- featuring a 7.9-inch HD screen and aluminum-nickel frame for a sleek design; similar in size to the mini iPad… and is easy to carry and almost as compact as a 7″ tablet, but with 40% more screen space, which makes viewing tablet content much easier –- and the new Ramos i-8 matches most features of the Nexus 7, including GPS – plus MicroSD storage.

One of the first U.S. sources to feature the Ramos i-Series is --TabletSprint



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