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November 13, 2013

NVIDIA Tegra Note Now Official

NVIDIA gave wings to its official Tegra Note project. The 7-inch tablet, which NVIDIA wants to pit against the Nexus 7 (to avenge Google's dumping of Tegra for Snapdragon in its second-generation), was launched through various NVIDIA partner-brands, a majority of which also sell the company's GeForce graphics cards.

Tegra Note, like the Nexus 7, is a 7-inch class Android tablet. NVIDIA's tablet comes with a stylus, and stereo front-facing speakers backed by audio-enhancing DSPs, which give them the edge over Google's contraption. The Tegra Note is also competitively priced, starting at $199, a wee bit cheaper than the Nexus 7 (2013).

Where Tegra Note lags behind the Nexus 7 is display resolution. It features a 16:10 aspect-ratio display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution (215 ppi). The tablet features front-facing stereo speakers, and PureAudio, a DSP by NVIDIA that enhances audio output. In the imaging department, you get a 5-megapixel primary camera, with native HDR processing, and a 2-megapixel front-facing one.

Under the hood, the Tegra Note features a Tegra 4 SoC, which combines a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU clocked at 1.90 GHz, with a 72-core GeForce ULV GPU. The GPU, sadly, caps out at OpenGL ES 2.0. Support for OpenGL ES 3.0 is lacking, since it doesn't support all the API features. It's probably for this reason, that NVIDIA launched the tablet with Android 4.2.2, and not Android 4.3 or later (which come with the newer API).

The Tegra 4 chip is backed by 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage (options). Connectivity includes 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0 (with OTG suport), and micro-HDMI (supports 1080p). The tablet comes with a yet unrated battery that promises 10-hours of use on a full charge.

NVIDIA didn't give the Tegra Note extra-virgin Android, and instead added a software selection of its own, such as Camera Awesome, Stylus Labs Write, Tegra Note Draw, Adobe Reader, Lasso, TegraZone marketplace, and Eden to Green.

Measuring 120 mm x 190 mm x 9.4 mm (HxWxD), the Tegra Note weighs about 320 g. Backed by a 1-year warranty, it starts at $199, and it launched through the following partners, specific to their regions:

EVGA and PNY Technologies in North America; ADVENT, EVGA, Oysters and ZOTAC in Europe; Gigabyte, Shenzhen Homecare Technology and ZOTAC in Asia-Pacific; and XOLO in India.