The UK's budget tablet market is burgeoning and joining the fray this week with the Advent Vega Tegra Note, a re-branded version of the Tegra Note from Nvidia. Announced back in mid-September, Nvidia described the Tegra Note as 'a complete tablet platform' and said it would allow hardware partners to distribute the tablet with their own features.
Engadget reports that Advent, a brand owned by UK retailer Dixons, is bringing its own version of the note to market for £180. Given this is nothing more than a re-branding of the Tegra Note, the specs should already be familiar to you. The Advent Vega packs a Tegra 4 SoC (of course), a 7-inch IPS LCD display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, a 5MP camera on the back, a VGA camera on the front, 16 GB of internal storage expandable up to 32 GB (via 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. The release date is set for November 15, but pre-orders kick off on Thursday, November 7.
The Advent Vega is now priced right in line with Google's Nexus 7, which enjoyed a price cut last week (dropping from £199 to £179). Still, tablets can be bought for much less. Between Tesco, Argos, and Carphone Warehouse, folks can easily get their hands on a tablet for £100 or less, which means options like the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD are no longer the most economical offerings. Tesco's Hudle retails for £120, while Argos' MySlate Tablet is priced at £100. Carphone Warehouse made headlines recently with its decision to cut the price of the Avoca 7 to just £49.