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Nvidia Unveils Its Own 7" Tegra Note Tablet 56

crookedvulture writes "Nvidia has already produced a gaming handheld based on its quad-core Tegra 4 SoC. Today, the company announced plans to build a 7" Tegra Note tablet that uses the same chip. Rather than selling the tablet itself, Nvidia will make the device available through parters like EVGA and PNY. Asking price: $199. That seems a little steep given the Tegra Note's 1280x800 display resolution, which delivers a much lower PPI than the 1080p panel in the latest Nexus 7. But the Tegra Note does have some perks, including front-facing speakers, Micro HDMI output, microSD expansion, and an optional stylus. The tablet also boasts a fancy camera that taps into the Tegra chip's photography engine. Nvidia promises to keep the device updated with the latest versions of Android, too. You can expect to see the Tegra Note for sale worldwide in the next few months."
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Nvidia Unveils Its Own 7" Tegra Note Tablet

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  • Nexus has no stylus either... Wacom pen perhaps? Too bad its not 8", if so id buy it in a heartbeat when it came out.

    • At the risk of opening myself up for all kinds of internet snark ... does that 1" really make much of a difference?

      Is an 8" tablet that much better than a 7" tablet?

      • by nurb432 ( 527695 )

        If you want to read on it, yes it makes a lot of difference. Not talking theory here as I do have both sizes, and its a world of difference in usability.

        If you just want to play angry birds or something, then no, it don't matter much.

        • Difference of opinion I guess ... I've got a 7" and a 10" tablet, and I find the 7" one is just as usable/readable as the larger one.

          Haven't done extensive testing or reading for hours, but I barely notice the screen difference -- the difference in weight yes, but the screen not so much.

        • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

          I've only used the tablet I got my daughter for her birthday this summer but I don't get it. You have trouble reading a standard size paperback? Leila's little seven inch tablet is bigger.

          Is it a geezer thing? (yes, I'm a geezer but I had a lens replacement in my left eye and now see better than kids so I would no longer know)

      • I've had 10" tablets as well as 7" tablets. I think 7" is superior in almost every way, except for one. And that one happens to be one of the things I most enjoy using my tablet for: reading comic books in .cbr format. And for that 7" is too small for my taste. But it's *almost* enough. So maybe 8" would be sufficient (although I suspect you really do want that 10" screen for easy reading without a lot of panning).

      • by wmac1 ( 2478314 )

        I have a Nexus 7. On nexus 7 it is painful to read books and academic paper at least for my 40 yo eyes. I previously had a 8.9" tablet and it was quite ok.

        On 10" W510 tablet things are ideal but it is a bit heavy and carrying it around is less comfortable (it is like you always have a book with you).

    • The low quality screen will likely hinder the acceptance. Because it has a Tegra 3 matters not if others offer comparable units with better screens. I've seen some cheesy screens at that resolution. At least the Nexus 7 has an awesome screen. That entices a lot of people to buy it.

  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Wednesday September 18, 2013 @12:49PM (#44884977)

    >> fancy camera that taps into the Tegra chip's photography engine

    Careful - you don't want to overwhelm us with too many technical details.

  • displays use different tech and numbers don't tell the whole story. if you want the best display for your eyes go to the store and look at them

    hyping the resolution numbers is about as big a scam as megapixels on digital cameras

  • by erroneus ( 253617 ) on Wednesday September 18, 2013 @12:52PM (#44885005) Homepage

    On a 7" display, I don't see the benefit. Seriously, and I mean this sincerely. I am a high-resolution junkie in so many ways. If I can see the pixels, I am annoyed. And I threw a fit when Dell went from 1920x1200 to 1920x1080 for their best laptops. And so when the new Google Nexus 7 came out, I was there to get one. But now that I have one, I am not displeased with it, but I am also not "impressed" with it either. I mean I can tell the difference to be sure, but the difference just isn't huge. And that may actually be the fault of the applications themselves... the games I play. Video plays back fine though .. and it is very clear. But the 1280x800 was fine... and still is. And while I am not sure it's worth the full $199, it's not bad and does enable useful features. I guess I'll look it over when I can.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It's just specmanship unfortunately. Once there are devices of a certain size out there that can do 1080p, anything with a lower resolution and people will be all like "ooh, that's so lame, it can't do 1080p, 2012 wants its 1280x800 displays back, blah blah blah". People are saying that about 5" phones, FFS. I don't need a 1080p display on my phone, sucking up battery. Even 720p is overkill on a phone. But that's how it is, if you want to sell your product, you can't have reviewers saying its lame, so you'v

      • I agree. 1280x800 is twice the PPI of a laptop, more than twice the PPI of a 2560 display too so surely it would be nice enough, and a ton better than the typical 7" tablet resolution : 800x480.
        For now I've seen a high PPI display once : Galaxy Note, 1280x800 on 5.3". I thought WTF? this looks like paper.

        What's awesome is too read the summary when it says on the plus side it has a SD slot and video output. WTF? The typical tablet ONLY has a SD slot and a HDMI output (and a slave USB port, and a 3.5mm jack).

        • by hattig ( 47930 )

          800x480 hasn't been a typical 7" tablet resolution since ... ever. Maybe the original EeePC?

          Most 7" tablets are 1024x600 or 1280x720 (or 800). But in the past year there has been a move to high DPI, even at relatively low price points, so 1920x1080 in a 7" device, like the current Nexus 7 tablet.

      • by Pascoea ( 968200 )

        ...people will be all like "ooh, that's so lame, it can't do 1080p, 2012 wants its 1280x800 displays back, blah blah blah".

        I just talked to 2012, they said they don't really want their 1280x800 displays back, in fact they asked if I could send something 1920x1080 back instead.

    • by TheSkepticalOptimist ( 898384 ) on Wednesday September 18, 2013 @01:53PM (#44885745)

      I have to agree.

      However first, I don't buy the "I can't see the pixels so its not worth it" argument. I mean when I see a screen with high pixel density vs one that doesn't, it just looks fucking better, period. I may not be able to differentiate individual fucking pixels, but a lot of stuff looks crisper, and more importantly, you can fit more content on the screen because it remains clear and readable even if its smaller. Try to render 8pt text on a VGA display, you are not going to read the bits and blogs of characters struggling to display on low res shitvision. Games are more detailed with the higher resolution than on a screen with less pixel density.

      But where I DO agree, especially on the Android platform, NOBODY authors content for these high pixel density displays. I mean I have the Nexus 10 which has higher pixel density then this thing, and yet 90% of the content I use on it is simply authored for less pixel density and scaled up. Games look like crap because they simply double or quadruple the scaling, turning shitty low res graphics into even shittier high resolution garbage.

      This is part of the problem with Android as a platform because there is no consistency across all the devices for screen size and pixel density. When Apple comes out with "Retina" for the iPad or iPhone, everybody authors content to look good on the Retina display. When even Google comes out with a high pixel density device, people just author content for some shitty cheap Android phone released 5 years ago.

      So while I don't buy the whole theory behind not seeing individual pixels bullshit, for the most part most Android shit is going to still look like shit regardless of how many pixels you throw at it.

      Hopefully because this is a tablet inspired by a graphic's card company they might also be rolling out a development platform that allows Android game designers to actually author quality content that takes advantage of high pixel density. But from what I have seen from other nVidia device's released recently, I just don't think they bothered with much more then putting their name on some OEM commissioned product.

    • You're looking at the wrong content. When viewing full desktop websites with small text, or PDF files, the high resolution really comes in handy, because you can view the thing in "fit-to-screen" portrait mode without compromising legibility. Try that on the 1280x800 version and you'll be squinting like crazy because there's only something like 5x3 pixels available to render each letter. No amount of crazy-good antialiasing can fix that.

      That said, I bought my girlfriend a Nexus 7 when it first came out and

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Comfortably warm, or blistering performance to the point of hardware failure?

  • Yet another half-assed, get to market quick, abandoned by its own makers before the next year is out Android tablet that will be so unsatisfying to use, it should be labled as landfillware.
  • > Nvidia promises to keep the device updated with the latest versions of Android, too.

    Years ago I picked up an eMagin head mounted display for about a grand, which was pretty spectacular until Nvidia dropped support for the product with their next driver release, making it totally useless for any game that came out after the HMD was released. Nvidia had made a deal with the people who make the Trimon 3D monitors, and as part of that, they had dropped support for prior 3D products. Do not trust Nvidi
    • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Wednesday September 18, 2013 @01:49PM (#44885693) Homepage

      You know, you can probably safely generalize that to 'never trust any tech company to not screw its customers'.

      Sooner or later they all can (and will) leave you holding the bag.

      Which is precisely I never want to be an early adopter of technology, because you never really know how long it will last.

      • A) It sounds like he was a late adopter of the tech, having purchased it just prior to NVIDIA EOLing it.
        B) I am unaware of any requirement that forces you to use the latest release of a driver. He could have simply stuck with the driver that worked.
      • >You know, you can probably safely generalize that to 'never trust any tech company to not screw its customers'.

        Probably true, but no other company has screwed me like Nvidia did. I'm sure others have stories of other companies doing similar things to them, but for me Nvidia is the only company that obsoleted a very fun $1K product with a software update.

        eMagin is also to blame of course for not creating their own software to drive the device, and they never managed to get their head-tracking work
      • yeah but the statement is not worth much without the anecdote
    • I'm surprised there wasn't a class action lawsuit over that. That's fraud, like a store selling gift cards before Christmas then going out of business after and not honoring them at the going out of business sale.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Nvidia is shovelling out this tablet via its GPU partners. However, Nvidia was too stupid or malicious to even give a nod to gaming on this tablet. No joypad controls, either built in or as an optional clip-on. No streaming of PC games to the tablet, unlike the PS4, Xbone, Wii U, or Nvidia's own 'shield' portable gaming device.

    Where's the hires display? Where's the 2GB of RAM? Nvidia's Tegra 4 merely draws equal in performance with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon parts (as found in Google's latest Nexus 7 and

    • nvidia released a Windows 8 driver for the geforce 6/7 (including geforce 6100/7025 chipsets), they have a history of being the vendor which provides longest support for GPUs. It's true the Tegra 5 will be much better though in allowing e.g. running real linux (so that you can run grand stuff like blender and, er, openarena)

  • Does it count as a 'design win' or a 'design award for participation' when you award it to yourself?
  • if you plug it into a tv its a pretty good drawing pad
  • Ok what games are available for Android that would tax this? Stuff like Pocket Legends and Idiot Running Thru Temples or whatever doesn't cut it.

    • In no particular order:
      Dangerous HD
      Galaxy on Fire 2 HD
      Dead on Arrival 2
      Dead Trigger 2
      Shadowgun HD
      Shadowgun: DeadZone
      Avengers Initiative
      Blood Sword: Sword of Ruin HD
      Ravensword: Shadowlands
      The Conduit HD
      Asphalt 8

  • Does this thing have USB host?, so you can plug in USB peripherals. That would be nice to have on such a powerful computer.

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