NVIDIA Releases Tegra Note – A $199 Powerful Android Tablet With Stylus

Mihir Patkar 20-09-2013

We have previously said that Tegra 4 is among the best technologies that will drive tablets in 2013 The Best Technologies That Will Drive Your Tablet In 2013 This year, the tablet market will become saturated with a variety of CPUs designed specifically for tablets. Many major computer manufacturers unveiled all manner of touchscreen devices sporting such chips, with dramatic increases in performance... Read More and NVIDIA wants to make sure it doesn’t become too high a price for most users. To that end, the chip-maker has launched the NVIDIA Tegra Note, a hardware and software platform for tablet manufacturers to come up with great quality tablets at a low price. In fact, NVIDIA expects the price to be as low as $199.


Two salient features include a built-in stylus, specifically using NVIDIA’s DirectStylus technology for finer point and broader stroke control, coupled with specialized apps. The Tegra Note also brings SmugMug’s iOS-exclusive Camera Awesome app to the 5-megapixel camera, with features like tap-to-track and 100 fps video with slow-motion playback.

One of the best parts is that NVIDIA itself will be responsible for OTA (Over The Air) firmware updates for the Android OS experience, ensuring updates will be faster and smoother.


The reference design is for a 7-inch tablet with an HD IPS (1280×800 pixels) display. It leverages some of NVIDIA’s core technologies, such as the powerful Tegra 4 processor (quad-core Cortex A15 with fifth battery-saver core), NVIDIA PureAudio for enhanced sound through front speakers and the TegraZone gaming add-on, which we already saw in our NVIDIA Shield review NVIDIA Shield Review And Giveaway Recently, we reviewed the Wikipad, which managed to make its way to market before NVIDIA's highly anticipated Shield. Ever since NVIDIA showcased the Shield at CES, I've found myself more and more fascinated by it. After... Read More . There’s 16GB of built-in memory, with a microSD slot for more. The tablet is expected to have a battery life of up to 10 hours of continuous HD video playback.

NVIDIA has tied up with several partners across the world to roll out tablets based on this platform in the next few months, including EVGA and PNY Technologies in North America; EVGA, Oysters and ZOTAC in Europe; Colorful, Shenzhen Homecare Technology and ZOTAC in Asia-Pacific; and XOLO in India.


Source: NVIDIA Blog

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  1. deppman
    September 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm


    1. The resolution is a tradeoff. That resolution at 7" on a quality IPS can look great, and result in much higher graphical performance.

    2. The CPU crushes the s4 pro used in n7v2 (about 150%; on screen frame rates should be est. 300% - there's a benefit to fewer pixels + a faster gpu).

    3. The stylus is superior to the one on the n7v2 (ie, it has one, and it looks compelling).

    4. The computational camera capabilities (eg HDR) are superior to the n7v2.

    5. It has a better price.

    I am awaiting the reviews, but this looks compelling!

  2. Lance Sun
    September 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

    One other series of Android tablets to launch this week feature Intel’s new processor and offer impressive performance for a mid-range device.

    Ramos Technology has partnered with Intel to introduce the i-Series with 8", 9", 10" and 12" models-- ranging from ($199-$299) and all models feature HD displays.

    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 traditional 7" tablet, but with 40% more screen space... which makes viewing everything much easier compared to a 7" size -- and the new Ramos i-8 matches most features of the Nexus 7 – plus MicroSD storage.

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

  3. Masterclass
    September 21, 2013 at 6:35 am

    And how could this compete with the Nexus FHD? the screen alone is lacking, CPU is on par, tsk come on NVIDIA step your game up! I'm using you guys as tri-SLI for christ sake!

    • Christopher W
      September 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      The lower resolution is the trade off for a lower price. And remember, this is a reference unit.

      This also brings some new players into the tablet market, ones that I wouldn't have expected, like EVGA. So there's lots of room, and some different angles and thinking about tablets.