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Nvidia Tegra Note Official: Sold By EVGA, PNY at $199

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Nvidia has finally come clean with the Tegra Note.

Nvidia finally came clean with the Tegra Note tablet despite saying earlier this year that the company wouldn't produce a product already on the market. We first spotted the device during Computex in June as the CEO demonstrated Tegra 4's DirectStylus technology. Since then the device has appeared on benchmarks, reports of leaked specs and most recently, the FCC.

The company officially revealed the tablet on Wednesday, reporting that the Tegra Note is a complete tablet platform that will be brought to market by its hardware partners, not Nvidia itself. Here in the States, the tablet will be provided by EVGA and PYN Technologies and will have features that "speak to local consumers." On a global scale, Oysters and ZOTAC will sell the tablet in Europe; Colorful, Shenzhen Homecare Technology and ZOTAC in Asia-Pacific; and XOLO in India.

Instead of distributing its own device much like it did with the Shield handheld, Nvidia is allowing hardware partners to distribute the tablet so that they can pack the Tegra Note with "innovation and features" at prices they may not have been able to deliver on their own. However, in return, Nvidia gains "deep" access to partner sales and distribution expertise on a global scale.

"This isn’t a first for us. About a year ago, we announced Project KAI — a Tegra 3 reference design intended as a recipe to build low-cost, high-quality Tegra 3 tablets. Google’s Nexus 7 was one," said Nvidia's Matt Wuebbling. "Tegra Note takes this to the next level by delivering a complete platform, not just the hardware."

So what are the official specs? The Tegra 4 SoC of course, powering a 7 inch IPS LCD display with a 1280 x 800 resolution. The tablet also features a 5MP camera on the back, a VGA camera on the front, 16 GB of internal storage expandable up to 32 GB (microSD), microHDMI output, and a battery promising up to 10 hours of HD video playback. There are also front-facing "HD Audio" stereo speakers with a unique bass-reflex port, powered by Nvidia's PureAudio technology.

As we've seen since Computex, the tablet also sports Nvidia's DirectStylus technology. The stylus will come with chisel and brush tips for natural writing and broad strokes, and Nvidia has even provided bundled apps for convenient, stroke-based note taking. Backing all of this is a pure install of the Android OS, just like Shield – no bloatware or custom launchers here, and OTA updates provided by Nvidia.

"The camera uses Tegra 4's processing power and Chimera computational photography architecture to deliver stunning new features," Wuebbling said. "Tegra Note also brings SmugMug's Camera Awesome app — one of the top camera apps on iOS — to Android. Camera Awesome delivers exclusive Tegra 4 features like tap-to-track and 100 fps video with slow-motion playback."

The Nvidia Tegra Note will have a starting price of $199. The first wave is expected to hit store shelves in October along with a number of accessories like an "intelligent" slide cover that flips and bends to support and cover the tablet, and a DirectStylus Pro Pack.

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    rualexru , September 18, 2013 8:53 AM
    make it 8''-10'' and 2560 x 1440 or so and price it at $250
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    stevejnb , September 18, 2013 8:55 AM
    I like the clean install of Android on it, but, what version are we talking about here? Though I find the changes between all of the 4.x versions to be incremental, still would be nice to know.
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    InvalidError , September 18, 2013 8:58 AM
    After going through three somewhat troublesome N7-2013s, I'm almost tempted to try this one.
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    dosdecarnitas , September 18, 2013 9:03 AM
    as long as its bezel is ultra thin, 7, 8 or 10 inches doesnt matter, sounds a good tablet and im in for buying one, make it with vanilla android please
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    tomsreader , September 18, 2013 9:22 AM
    It's "PNY" not "PYN"
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    sasikanth8 , September 18, 2013 9:28 AM
    @Tomshardware
    Correct "PYN" technologies to "PNY"
    lol
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    dosdecarnitas , September 18, 2013 9:47 AM
    as long as its bezel is ultra thin, 7, 8 or 10 inches doesnt matter, sounds a good tablet and im in for buying one, make it with vanilla android please
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    RooD , September 18, 2013 9:50 AM
    Game Newell must use PYN parts and stuff... come on toms you are dropping the ball today.
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    KelvinTy , September 18, 2013 9:52 AM
    If this has the fancy "2048" pressure point screen, it will definitely make a dent in the current graphical tablet market. The current stuffs cost like 1000... but you do trade the "professionalism" for all those fancy pants tablet features.
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    bustapr , September 18, 2013 10:09 AM
    seems like a really good tablet for its price. but whats really eye catching is the 16gb internal storage +32gb expandable microsd slot. if this is well built, its a no brainer for me to choose this over the new nexus 7.
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    iam2thecrowe , September 18, 2013 2:09 PM
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    as long as its bezel is ultra thin, 7, 8 or 10 inches doesnt matter, sounds a good tablet and im in for buying one, make it with vanilla android please


    i prefer tablets to actually have a good size bezel, makes them easy to hold without touching the screen. thin bezel on a tablet is unusable, for what reason do you want a thin bezel? just to say that you have one?
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    InvalidError , September 18, 2013 2:36 PM
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    i prefer tablets to actually have a good size bezel, makes them easy to hold without touching the screen. thin bezel on a tablet is unusable, for what reason do you want a thin bezel? just to say that you have one?

    Everyone has their preferences.

    I prefer thinner bezels too: I usually hold my phones and tablet by either grabbing the edges between my fingertips and thumb or resting one edge on my palm with fingers supporting it so I rarely have fingers on the glass while holding my N7 v1/v2 in either orientation. With minimalist bezels, they could have fit a 8" screen in the N7v1's footprint.
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    LordConrad , September 18, 2013 3:39 PM
    I'll stick with my 32GB Nexus 7 v2, the specs are much better (including the screen, which is the best of any Android device according to Anandtech).
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    InvalidError , September 18, 2013 4:32 PM
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    I'll stick with my 32GB Nexus 7 v2, the specs are much better (including the screen, which is the best of any Android device according to Anandtech).

    I like my N7v2 too... apart from the fact that I'm on my 3rd one and I will be returning it for refund tomorrow because of flaky USB connector, quirky touch screen (sometimes it fails to detect touches, sometimes it has "sticky" touches and when warm, it has trouble tracking two fingers correctly, either losing track of one/both fingers or getting phantom 3rd and 4th touches), locks up for several seconds (30+) every now and then, GPS takes forever to lock on satellites and probably one or two more issues I have forgotten - basically just about every single issue I had on my second v2 was on my third one too and I purchased those two nearly a month apart, one from Staples and the other from BestBuy.

    Experiences seem to vary wildly with the v2. I have had no luck with mine so far.
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    teh_chem , September 18, 2013 8:55 PM
    1GB of RAM? Scoff. Next.
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    m32 , September 18, 2013 11:14 PM
    It has some great features (micro sd and hdmi) but the cost saving measures killed it for me.
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    grebgonebad , October 7, 2013 12:38 PM
    Come on Nvidia, at least give us a 1080p screen to use with that Tegra 4!