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Nvidia Shows iPad-beating Foxconn Tegra 2 Tablet

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Nvidia Tegra 2 tablets could be the real deal.

While the Apple iPad may be the hot tablet on the market today (or at least headed soon to your market), it won't be the only game in town.

Engadget went hands on with a Foxconn-manufactured tablet that packs Nvidia Tegra 2, which means that its guts are already ahead of what's inside the iPad. The Tegra 2 uses a dual-core Cortex A9 chip running at 1GHz and the prototype packs 1GB of RAM, giving it four times the memory over Apple's device.

The tablet features an 8.9-inch capacitive touchscreen display and ran some form of Android. Demonstrations showed some rather impressive 3D graphics, which we can attribute to the Tegra 2 as well.

Right now this appears to be a prototype device showing off what Nvidia's hardware can offer in the tablet space, but hopefully an OEM will jump in soon to stir things up.

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    gayan , May 21, 2010 12:49 PM
    the title is really confusing. I thought that the iPad managed to beat the Tegra 2 device (which is totally opposite what happened)
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    miribus , May 21, 2010 1:07 PM
    But can it...


    ... be paid for in cash?
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    czar1020 , May 21, 2010 12:45 PM
    Not really, alot of crap like this has been done a looooong time ago the market just didn't want it at the time.
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    czar1020 , May 21, 2010 12:45 PM
    Not really, alot of crap like this has been done a looooong time ago the market just didn't want it at the time.
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    invlem , May 21, 2010 12:48 PM
    I'd agree with the comment above. Granted tablets are not new devices and have been around for years, but Apple did push the product into the limelight, until now tablets were a very niche market. Regardless of the pros/cons of the iPad, Apple's marketing team has helped the whole tablet market for all manufacturers.
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    brianmoz , May 21, 2010 12:48 PM
    awesome but i bet the ipad will have more badass apps. this will be the techie toy for those who know what ram and 1 ghz means.
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    gayan , May 21, 2010 12:49 PM
    the title is really confusing. I thought that the iPad managed to beat the Tegra 2 device (which is totally opposite what happened)
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    Ehsan w , May 21, 2010 12:49 PM
    Black edges......huuuuge.....
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    Anonymous , May 21, 2010 1:02 PM
    All tablets have to have a large bezel, otherwise you can't hold it, and the specs are great, but how is the battery life, and it will all come down to the apps in the end.
    Is the screen smaller than the iPad or does it just look it?
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    miribus , May 21, 2010 1:07 PM
    But can it...


    ... be paid for in cash?
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    Anonymous , May 21, 2010 1:21 PM
    There's still no killer app for tablet computers out there. Despite the technical merits of all the 'iPad killers' I reckon the whole tablet computer revolution will fall flat on its face this time around as well, regardless of manufacturer.
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    miribus , May 21, 2010 1:31 PM
    gayanthe title is really confusing. I thought that the iPad managed to beat the Tegra 2 device (which is totally opposite what happened)

    I can understand your confusion somewhat, but it's all about the well-placed hyphen.
    Ipad beating Tegra.
    and
    Ipad-beating Tegra.
    See the difference?


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    demosthenes81 , May 21, 2010 1:37 PM
    i kind of want one of those tegra 2 devices as long as it has full access to the android marketplace
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    tobyevers , May 21, 2010 1:58 PM
    regardless of Companies pushing them out, and all the interesting quirks and specs of the different unit, there still isnt a real market for tablet pc's, and probably never will be, so this new tablet is moot
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    dark_lord69 , May 21, 2010 2:00 PM
    The title is confusing and needs to be changed.
    I didn't understand at first.
    Why would nVidia show the iPad beating the Tegra 2?

    It should be titled:
    "nVidia Shows Tegra 2 beating the iPad"
    OR
    "nVidia beats the iPad with Tegra 2"
    OR
    "nVidia Tegra 2, Better than iPad?"
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    Camikazi , May 21, 2010 2:08 PM
    dark_lord69The title is confusing and needs to be changed.
    I didn't understand at first.
    Why would nVidia show the iPad beating the Tegra 2?

    It should be titled:
    "nVidia Shows Tegra 2 beating the iPad"
    OR
    "nVidia beats the iPad with Tegra 2"
    OR
    "nVidia Tegra 2, Better than iPad?"

    The title is fine, the hyphen changes the meaning of the title to mean that the Tegra 2 won. Punctuation marks are there for a reason :p 
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    miribus , May 21, 2010 2:09 PM
    So, I get a negative rating for explaining how hyphens work?
    The statement can be confusing on the typical quick read expected of an article, but the phrasing is technically correct, and says exactly what it's supposed to.
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    Usersname , May 21, 2010 2:13 PM
    tobyeversregardless of Companies pushing them out, and all the interesting quirks and specs of the different unit, there still isnt a real market for tablet pc's, and probably never will be, so this new tablet is moot
    There are reports* of Apple already selling 200000 iPads a week and they haven't yet tapped the international markets. So whilst still niche, this may be quite momentous for tablet devices.

    *Analyst Mike Abramsky / RBC Capital Markets
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    Anonymous , May 21, 2010 2:21 PM
    I see no problem with the title.
    "Ipad-beating": That beats the Ipad
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    Trueno07 , May 21, 2010 2:24 PM
    brianmozawesome but i bet the ipad will have more badass apps. this will be the techie toy for those who know what ram and 1 ghz means.


    Excatly, i can't wait.
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    WR , May 21, 2010 2:34 PM
    1) bezel is far too thick
    2) screen is the cheap kind that netbooks use

    Who cares if an ugly contraption is using a 30% faster A9 and plays 1080p HD? The A8 seems plenty fast in the iPad implementation. Would rather settle for 720p (on a 9 inch screen) and avoid the risk of a movie looking over/under exposed when placed on my lap. It's a big usability thing for a tablet compared to a notebook with a hinge.
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    dargon_supreme , May 21, 2010 2:37 PM
    Everybody is talking about how bad is the iPad, but everybody is trying to enter the market that Apple created by itself. It is very easy to copy or make some improvements over a product, but it is very hard to create a new market. I have to congratulate Apple, they are really good on creating new markets. That is the big difference.
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