Friday, March 30, 2012

Tegra 3 Android tablets for US$199?

Remember the 7-inch tablet that Nvidia teased at CES earlier this year? The Tegra 3-powered device that was supposed to cost US$249? It could turn out to be more affordable than we thought.

According to The New York Times, Nvidia's head honcho, Jen-Hsun Huang, indicated that the company is working on lowering the cost of its latest Tegra 3 processors. He also hinted that Android tablets will be going for US$199 by the second half of the year.

Although the quad-core Tegra 3 processor is currently found on the Asus Transformer Prime and will feature in a number of upcoming smartphones from LG and HTC, these devices are high-end products that cost much more than US$199.

However, there have been recent reports that Google is planning to launch a 7-inch tablet this year. It's said to be built by Asus and will cost between US$149 and US$199. If this device is indeed the same tablet shown at CES, it will certainly be an attractive proposition.

Amazon's Kindle Fire has shown that there is a market for inexpensive slates, but critics have contended that its budget-class hardware and customized Android-based OS doesn't give the best user experience. A Google Nexus tablet powered by the capable Tegra 3 processor would be a different story.

Via The New York Times

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Source From CNET

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