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EVGA Tegra Note 7 Review: Nvidia's Tegra 4 For $200
By , Dorian Black

Test System Specs

Today we're comparing the Tegra Note 7 to an odd assortment of devices. As the only other Tegra 4-based Android device, we include the Shield. Because the Note is an entry-level seven-inch tablet, we also have the current Nexus 7 from Google, which retails for just $30 more. The new Nexus also introduces Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 into the discussion. We're adding last year's Nexus 7 in order to present a very clean comparison between Tegra 4 and Tegra 3.

Moving up the size ladder, the 10.1" Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 Edition is here to represent the company's Exynos Octa 5 SoC along with a Mali GPU. Moving down in size we have two smartphones: Apple's iPhone 5s with the A7 SoC and the flagship PowerVR graphics core, and the Sony Xperia Z1 with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon/Adreno combo.

Device
SoC
CPU Core
GPU Core
Memory
Display
Nvidia Tegra Note
Nvidia Tegra 4
T114 ARM Cortex-A15 (quad-core) @ 1.7 GHz
GeForce ULP
1 GB DDR3
7" IPS @ 1280x800
Nvidia Shield
Nvidia Tegra 4
T114 ARM Cortex-A15 (quad-core) @ 1.8 GHz
GeForce ULP
2 GB DDR3
5" IPS @ 1280x800
Google Nexus 7 (2012)
Nvidia Tegra 3
T30L ARM Cortex-A9 (quad-core) @ 1.2 GHz
GeForce ULP (12-core) @ 416 MHz
1 GB DDR3L
7" IPS @ 1280x800
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Krait 300 (quad-core) @ 1.5 GHz
Adreno 320 (quad-core) @ 400 MHz
2 GB DDR3L
7" IPS @ 1920x1200
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" (2014)
Samsung Exynos Octa 5
Exynos 5420 (octa-core) @ 1.9 GHzARM Mali T628 MP6 (hexa-core) @ 600 MHz
3 GB DDR3
10" TFT @ 2560x1600
Sony Xperia Z1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Krait 400 (quad-core) @ 2.2 GHzAdreno 330 (quad-core) @ 450 GHz
2 GB DDR3
5" TFT @ 1920x1080
Apple iPhone 5s
Apple A7
ARM v8 (dual-core) @ 1.3 GHz
PowerVR G6430 (four-cluster) @ 300 MHz
1 GB DDR3
4" IPS @ 1136x640

Benchmark Suite

Our gadget test suite consists of five major sections: CPU, GPU, Web, Display, And Battery.

CPU Benchmarks
AnTuTu v4
CF-Bench Pro
Primate Labs Geekbench 3
Principled Technologies MobileXPRT 2013
GPU Benchmarks
Futuremark 3DMark
Rightware Basemark GUI Free
Rightware Basemark X
Epic Citadel
Kishonti GFXBench v2.7.2
Silicon Studios Mobile GPUMark v2.0
Web Benchmarks
Rightware Browsermark v2.0
JSBench
Futuremark Peacekeeper v2.0
Impact HTML5 Benchmark
Principled Technologies WebXPRT 2013
Display Measurments
Brightness (Minimum and Maximum)
Calibrated Black Level
Calibrated Contrast Ratio
Calibrated Gamma
Calibrated Color Temperature
Color Gamut Volume (sRGB and AdobeRGB)
Battery Tests
Gaming (Mobile GPUMark - Loop)

Let's begin with our CPU testing and see how the Tegra Note 7, with its Tegra 4 SoC, stacks up in computational performance.

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  • 14 Hide
    Lessthannil , November 12, 2013 3:17 PM
    Why does everyone complain about no 1080p? The difference between 1280x800 to 1920X1080p on a 7" screen is minimal while it requires signifigantly more performance and power. Also, its a $199 tablet, what where you expecting?
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    MasterMace , November 12, 2013 11:33 AM
    It lacks a 1080 screen - deal killer for me.
  • 0 Hide
    DelightfulDucklings , November 12, 2013 11:39 AM
    Performance wise it is very good for the price seemingly but I just hate the design, to me it just looks plain ugly
  • 2 Hide
    JD88 , November 12, 2013 11:41 AM
    Front facing speakers are really nice. One of the very few complaints I have about my Nexus 7 is volume.

    This thing is a powerhouse for the money.
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    ananke , November 12, 2013 12:21 PM
    No 1080p, no sales. Otherwise great device, and good price, but DOA because of the screen. The Chinese knock offs will outsell it.
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    TheSchmed , November 12, 2013 2:27 PM
    I am considering buying this tablet, but I'm weighing it against the less-expensive Dell Venue 7 and 8 (Android, not W8). I hope Tom's will review the Dell tablets and evaluate Intel processor performance and battery life!
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    johnjohn67 , November 12, 2013 2:33 PM
    Pretty good deal and it has a micro sd slot.
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    somebodyspecial , November 12, 2013 3:00 PM
    CF BENCH:
    "Sony has been optimising for Snapdragon-based devices since the Xperia range took on the Krait core, and its experience shows as the Xperia Z1 comfortably leads the Tegra Note and Galaxy Note 10.1 in both Managed and Native."

    xperia java=32352
    Tegra Note7=32648.5

    Unless I'm not understanding what is going on here, 32648 is the longer bar/better score right? So while it lost NATIVE, it did not lose Java Managed right? It seems Sony won NATIVE and TEGRA note 7 won Java Managed. You need to fix the text.
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    Lessthannil , November 12, 2013 3:17 PM
    Why does everyone complain about no 1080p? The difference between 1280x800 to 1920X1080p on a 7" screen is minimal while it requires signifigantly more performance and power. Also, its a $199 tablet, what where you expecting?
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    JeanLuc , November 12, 2013 3:31 PM
    While benchmarking did you check to see if the any of the devices you were testing were boosting the SOC clock rates beyond the advertised clock speeds in certain benchmarks? Anandtech looked at this issue a while ago, it would be good to see publications like Toms testing for this sorting of thing and name and shame culprits.
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    somebodyspecial , November 12, 2013 3:32 PM
    Shows the power of the T4, I just wish they'd put it in something I want. And I agree 1080p min on anything that is above a phone' 5in size. But I also understand some just don't care so really a personally complaint about that. I'll wait for T5 and hope they get it into 1080/1200p on 13in or 20in ;)  I have no use for 10 or below after using nexus10. Print etc, stuff is just too dang small. Maybe spoiled by 24in/22in dual monitors. I just can do squat on something that small and enjoy it other than some games and I'm not even sure about that. I hope they make a 7in shield 2 :)  (maybe a 10in?...LOL).

    Smaller and THINNER (you took how much of my batter for thinner?) are USELESS to me. Give me back that larger and FAT model please, so I can run with more power or longer life (or some combo of both). As soon as I see "THINNER" in any description I just put my wallet back and shake my head :(  Did I want thinner 10-15 years ago, yeah...Now that party ended ages ago for me.
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    knowom , November 12, 2013 7:42 PM
    "Why does everyone complain about no 1080p? The difference between 1280x800 to 1920X1080p on a 7" screen is minimal while it requires signifigantly more performance and power. Also, its a $199 tablet, what where you expecting?"

    I agree completely do you really need the screen to be 1080p on a 7" tablet screen.

    There are people that strain their eyes reading 1080p on a standard 21.5" computer monitor.

    The other thing is that the HDMI will still output to 1080p when connected to a proper display.

    Also as mentioned having a more reasonable resolution size on the tablet screen reduces both power and performance requirements for standard tablet use.
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    knowom , November 12, 2013 7:53 PM
    Only thing I disliked with the review is using chrome for the android browser last I knew Dolphin is the best rated browser for Android.
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    monsta , November 12, 2013 10:32 PM
    Looks impressive for it price, not a bad little tablet , I do prefer a 10 incher , so I hope they consider making a larger one
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    renz496 , November 13, 2013 7:16 AM
    Quote:
    "Why does everyone complain about no 1080p? The difference between 1280x800 to 1920X1080p on a 7" screen is minimal while it requires signifigantly more performance and power. Also, its a $199 tablet, what where you expecting?"

    I agree completely do you really need the screen to be 1080p on a 7" tablet screen.

    There are people that strain their eyes reading 1080p on a standard 21.5" computer monitor.

    The other thing is that the HDMI will still output to 1080p when connected to a proper display.

    Also as mentioned having a more reasonable resolution size on the tablet screen reduces both power and performance requirements for standard tablet use.


    personally i prefer better performance over higher resolution as well. as an owner to the original N7 i'm perfectly fine with it's 720p resolution.
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    renz496 , November 13, 2013 7:18 AM
    Quote:
    Looks impressive for it price, not a bad little tablet , I do prefer a 10 incher , so I hope they consider making a larger one


    i do heard some rumor about nvidia making 10 inch tablet in similar fashion they did with Tegra Note 7 (the white box thing) but it will be based on T5 instead of T4.
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    renz496 , November 13, 2013 7:19 AM
    Quote:
    Looks impressive for it price, not a bad little tablet , I do prefer a 10 incher , so I hope they consider making a larger one


    i do heard some rumor about nvidia making 10 inch tablet in similar fashion they did with Tegra Note 7 (the white box thing) but it will be based on T5 instead of T4.
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    ottoman2 , November 13, 2013 9:10 AM
    Next time you do a graphic quality comparison with the Nexus 5, turn on HIGH graphic settings, not LOW. Here is the same scene on my Nexus 5 with high settings: http://i.cubeupload.com/Dz74jF.png
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    ottoman2 , November 13, 2013 11:14 AM
    Next time you do a graphic quality comparison with the Nexus 5, turn on HIGH graphic settings, not LOW. Here is the same scene on my Nexus 5 with high settings: http://i.cubeupload.com/Dz74jF.png
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    ottoman2 , November 13, 2013 1:19 PM
    Next time you do a graphic quality comparison with the Nexus 5, turn on HIGH graphic settings, not LOW. Here is the same scene on my Nexus 5 with high settings: http://i.cubeupload.com/Dz74jF.png
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    ottoman2 , November 13, 2013 2:50 PM
    Next time you do a graphic quality comparison with the Nexus 5, turn on HIGH graphic settings, not LOW. Here is the same scene on my Nexus 5 with high settings: http://i.cubeupload.com/Dz74jF.png
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