Nvidia's Tegra Note Platform Is The Shield Without All The Shield Bits

Nvidia's Tegra Note Platform Is The Shield Without All The Shield Bits

Nvidia's portable gaming system is neat, but there are several things it does — playing media, running games in portrait mode — that could be handled better by a similarly-powered tablet. The Tegra Note platform is that tablet.

Technically tablets, plural, the Tegra Note isn't a single tablet, but a complete tablet platform, coming to the market next month from several of Nvidia's mobile partners. Units belonging to the platform contain the Tegra 4 chip, which made its debut in the Shield, feature a slightly different screen resolution, (1280x800 instead of 1280x720), and must include high-quality, front facing speakers with a bass reflex port, much like the one that makes the Shield sound so good.

Here's the full set of specs for Tegra Note devices:

  • Processor
  • Tegra 4 mobile processor with quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 72-core GeForce GPU
  • Display
  • 7-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 800)
  • Camera
  • Rear 5MP and front VGA webcam
  • Storage
  • 16GB storage with microSD expandable up to an additional 32GB
  • Audio
  • Front-facing "HD Audio" stereo speakers with a unique bass-reflex port
  • Stylus
  • Chisel and Brush tips for natural writing and broad strokes
  • Peripherals
  • Micro HDMI connector to drive big screen TV videos and gaming
  • OS
  • 100% Android with latest version of the OS
  • Software Updates
  • Over-the-air software updates directly from NVIDIA
  • Battery Life
  • 10 hours HD video playback

These tablets will be just as powerful as the Shield and sound just as good, plus they'll have a stylus for some strange reason. The only thing keeping Tegra Note tablets from streaming PC games is a controller, and there are plenty of options where that's concerned. And since devices on the platform start at $US199, these tablets will be a bargain, certainly easier to justify than the Shield portable.

EVGA and PNY are bringing the platform to North America later this year, mingling with the non-Tegra Note Tegra 4 devices already released/announced. Read all about Nvidia's diabolical plan to take-over the touchscreen market here.


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