Nvidia has premiered two updated versions of its Tegra Note 7-inch tablet at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona: the Tegra Note 7 LTE that has the addition of the i500 modem for 4G LTE support, and the Tegra Note K1 that comes with the new Nvidia K1 processor.
Build and Design
Both devices come in an identical body which was designed to be held in the landscape position, and both the left and right rims include stereo speakers.
The LTE model comes with a 1280×800-pixel display, while the K1 processor tablet — still called a prototype by Nvidia — has a Full HD screen (1920×1200 pixels). Thus, imaging is significantly sharper and more pleasant for everyday use on the K1 platform prototype, compared to the LTE model. However, brightness, viewing angle, contrast sustainability, and color realism are of equal quality — average for more advanced 7-inch tablets and quite sufficient for those who need such a specific tablet, such as developers of mobile games.
The LTE model comes with an older Nvidia quad-core Tegra 4 chipset, based on 1.8GHz Cortex A15 cores. It also has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
The K1 model has a 2.3GHz quad-core chipset based on the Cortex A15 architecture, with 2GB of RAM. If the demo presented by an Nvidia head in Barcelona is anything to go by, this model will boast record scores on synthetic benchmarks.
To learn more about this chip, read:
64-Bit Tegra K1 Processor from Nvidia Will Bridge Gap Between Desktop and Mobile
In our preliminary tryout of the Tegra Note with the K1 processor, we played several games and each ran smoothly, just like fast animations and visual effects. All this looks extremely impressive in Full HD resolution, even with such a humble diagonal, due to great pixel density. This sharpness is why probably no one will mind that the quality of the remaining display features is only average.
The LTE model comes with an atypical smart stylus that uses the so-called DirectStylus technology. This means it isn’t sensitive to pressing power; rather the sensation of how deep a print is left has been resolved in a different way. The stylus comes with an asymmetrical top that simulates different levels of pressure depending on the angle that is used, which is more intuitive in practice than it seems and easy to get used to. The same effect can be achieved by writing, i.e. drawing on the screen with just a finger, but this does not come close to the level realized by the stylus, of course, because the finger is soft and round.
Nvidia says that its Tegra Note 7 LTE will cost $300 on the U.S. market, which is 100 dollars more than last year’s version without LTE support. A $100 difference in LTE vs. non-LTE versions is fairly normal for the market.
The Tegra Note 7 K1 is still without a defined price, which goes along with Nvidia still calling it a prototype.