updated 05:32 am EDT, Fri August 9, 2013
Nvidia prepping 7-inch Tegra Tab, likely Tegra 4-powered
Nvidia looks to be branching out further into the mobile hardware space with reports and photos coming out of China showing a 7-inch tablet branded the 'Tegra Tab.' The GPU and mobile SOC maker has recently released the Tegra 4-powered Shield handheld gaming console, so it is familiar with bringing hardware to the market. However, while the Shield is powered by Android, the operating system on the Tegra Tab is yet to be revealed -- though it seems that Android would be the logical format given its popularity and market penetration.
Nvidia was the SoC supplier for the first-generation Google Nexus 7, however, it lost its place on the new Nexus 7, even though that device continues to be made by Asus, as was the first. Instead, Asus and Google have teamed with Qualcomm to supply them with the same Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core chip already utilized in the LG-manufactured Google Nexus 4. With Qualcomm winning numerous contracts across multiple OEM's to power their next-generation devices, and the Tegra 4 arriving late to market, it appears that Nvidia might be taking matters into its own hands with regard to pushing out hardware running its Tegra 4 SoC.
Few other details are known about the Tegra Tab at this stage, although the company did file for the Tegra Tab trademark in the US in April. From the photos, it can be discerned that device has a slot for a stylus, which is a technology that Nvidia has previously demonstrated working on the Tegra 4 SoC tablet prototype. If it is to be a success, it will need to be priced in the same region as the new Nexus 7, which starts from $229. However, the inclusion of a stylus could suggest that it has its sights set on the more expensive Samsung Galaxy Note 8. At this time, there is no indication where it will be priced, or when it might ship, although the photos suggest it could be close to a formal reveal. [via The Verge]