NVIDIA to Launch Jelly Bean "Tegra TAB" Tablet
September 10, 2013 10:44 AM
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Tegra 4 drives NVIDIA's upcoming first party hardware
NVIDIA Corp. (
) -- a graphics card and mobile system
on-a-chip (SoC) maker -- will be releasing a new tablet of its own, according to a filing with the
U.S. Federal Communications Commission
I. NVIDIA Preps a Tablet of its Own
U.S. laws require device makers to submit paperwork for their upcoming wireless devices to the FCC. As much of these submissions are publicly available, the FCC has proved a
of device leaks
NVIDIA's upcoming tablet
the latest leak. Documents reveal it is named (or codenamed?) the "Tegra TAB", with the former part of its name coming from
NVIDIA's Tegra SoC line
for smartphones and tablets. An attached manual reveals that the tablet will run Google Inc.'s (
Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean"
A purported leaked image of the NVIDIA P1640/Tegra TAB tablet [Image Source: Engadget]
The tablet appears to have been floating around previously under the codename "P1640".
The new NVIDIA device will likely feature
NVIDIA's upcoming Tegra 4i (
, which is vying with Qualcomm, Inc.'s (
) Snapdragon 800 for dominance in the mobile market.
The Surface RT 2
from Microsoft -- which may launch this holiday season -- is also rumored to feature a Tegra 4i chip.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and NVIDIA Tegra 4i are nearly identical on paper -- both are clocked at up to 2.3 GHz, both feature four primary CPU cores, both feature an on-die LTE modem
II. Mediocre Hardware
Otherwise the hardware in NVIDIA's Android tablet is unremarkable, suggesting the tablet may be aimed at budget buyers. The device features a 7-inch display with a mediocre 1280x720 pixel resolution (720p) (
Google'.s Nexus 7
packs a 1920x1200 pixel screen). The battery on board will be a 3200 or 4100mAh (Google's Nexus 7, for comparison, has a 3,950 mAh battery in its latest variant).
NVIDIA has established itself as a power player in the mobile SoC market.
At last check Google sells the Nexus 7 at
(32 GB), so NVIDIA's tablet will need to be aggressively priced to sell well.
Android tablets are booming; in Q2 2013, they
outsold Apple's iPad 2-to-1
, seizing a commanding lead, according to statistics from the International Data Corp. (
). Many mobile-centric firms are looking to delve into the tablet market -- a market that continues to show healthy growth. In addition to NVIDIA, Nokia Oyj. (
), a veteran smartphone maker, is rumored to be
prepping its first large-size tablet device
. Nokia was
acquired by Microsoft
earlier this month.
In recent years NVIDIA has often launched developer hardware platforms, but these designs were never consumer-targeted. Tegra TAB, along with NVDIA's
Android-based "Shield" console
, represents a new era for NVIDIA as a first-party consumer gadget-maker. Qualcomm similarly turned heads last week when it
announced the "Toq"
, a smartwatch competitor to Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (
Apple's upcoming iWatch
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9/10/2013 12:01:01 PM
The big OEM's dont want to deal with Nvidia (the company or their chips) so they have to make their own branded tablet.
9/10/2013 1:07:28 PM
9/11/2013 2:04:49 AM
Translation of the translation:
Nvidia is making their own devices because nobody wants to buy Tegra.
9/11/2013 8:51:41 AM
Nvidia had a real tough time getting any big OEM's to buy into the Tegra4. No major design wins. For a variety of reasons, Nvidia is a pain in the ass to deal with. Their chips arent worth it when Qualcomm can do better, perform better, and be on schedule and not be a pain.
I might be interested
9/10/2013 12:34:05 PM
The one thing that might make me interested in this would be nvidia game streaming. I've all but given up on gaming on Android due to the micro transaction infestation and the fact that every time I get a new device about 25-30% of the applications I own don't work.
“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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