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NVIDIA says $199 Tegra 3 tablets might arrive this summer

NVidia’s new Tegra 3 tablets will be a high competition for all other low-cost tablets.

NVidia Corporation and Asustek computers have already uncovered one of their media tablets, which features a Tegra 3-based media tablet accompanied by a 7 inch screen. This Tegra 3 tablet is expected to cost the users somewhere around $249.

Following the words of NVidia’s chief executive, the Tegra-3 based tablets will be launched this summer, with the starting as $199.

The competitors selling their respective 7-inched slates for $199 are Amazon, Barnes and Noble. But the tablets from these companies feature proprietary operating systems due to which the users need to buy additional content or programs, which allow the tablet companies to compensate with the low cost of the devices. The Kindle Fire and Nook tablet are quite running on outdated platforms already which are not even quite cost effective, but with the introduction of Tegra 3 in the market everything seems to be different especially the high level of integration. 

In an interview to the New York Times Jen-Hsun Huang, the CEO of NVidia calculated the price to be very justified as $150 were reportedly used to build materials like some expensive memory. And at 199$, a tablet of 7-inches is quite easily available.

With the Windows 8 media tablets due later this year, NVidia’s chief executive is putting in lots of hopes into Windows 8 powered tabs. But, the Google Android has not been gaining any constant traction so far on the no. of slates and also for this reason Windows 8 seems to be a better platform than the Android or iOS. Mr. Huang continued, saying that Android has not been developed as estimated. For the majority of the people, work is the main reason lying behind the reasons to actually have a computer. For all these working guys, the hopes gained towards the good functioning of Windows 8 or Outlook. And here a tablet with Windows 8 and Tegra would be just perfect.

The NVidia Tegra 3 “Kal-El” SoC (system-on-chip) runs about on four high-performance Cortex A9 general purpose cores accompanied with Neon accelerators (1.4GHz single-core or 1.30GHz quad-core mode) and also a highly power-optimized Cortex-A9 core (up to 500MHz)

The Tegra 3 Tab has its graphics processing in the hands of a GeForce unit with twelve stream processors, well taken care by a new display and video engines capable of supportive Blu-ray disc video playback and stereo-3D graphics output. The new Tegra 3 slate now integrates a single channeled DDR3L-1500/LPDDR2-1066 memory controller, e.MMC 4.41, SD 3.0, SATA II, 7.1-channel audio controller, faster image signal processor and what not...

Following the figures from NVidia’s performance benchmarks, Tegra 3 will come out to be 50% - 200%+ faster than Tegra 2 in its varied uses and applications.

The Asus ME370T which is making it to the news due to it running an NVidia Tegra 3 SoC and even a 7-inch screen through a 1280*800 resolution. This device – Asus ME370T is expected to sell for around $249. The tablet has featured Android version 4.0 – Ice cream Sandwich due to which it has an advantage over the other lower-cost tablets from other newly experimenting manufactures like Amazon and others namely Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet which cost in the same criteria of $199 to $249. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-03-30 (Update: 2012-05-26)