NVIDIA Hints of a $199 Android Tablet; Hopes for a Windows 8 Tablet with Tegra

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NVIDIA execs are talking tablets, and strongly hinting that the rumored Nexus Tablet, a $150 to $200 tablet made by ASUS with help from NVIDIA and Google, is a reality.

Windows 8 on ARMJen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA’s chief executive, thinks that the NVIDIA Tegra chip that is included in many Android tablets, incorporates enough cheap components that Android tablets may cost $199 or even less.

“We took out $150 in build materials, things like expensive memory,” he said. “At $199, you can just about buy a tablet at a 7-Eleven.”

The $199 Android tablet that Huang is hinting towards is similar to that of the rumored ASUS Google Nexus tablet. The ASUS tablet is rumored to sport a 7-inch display and feature either a Tegra 3 quad-core processor or dual-core Tegra 2. It may actually be the $250 Tegra 3 ASUS MeMO tablet that was unveiled at CES 2012.  

Huang isn’t putting all NVIDIA’s eggs in the Android basket however; he is also looking at Windows 8, which will support ARM chips when it is released later this year. Huang believes that a Windows 8 tablet powered by a Tegra 3 CPU could shift the balance of the tablet market fairly easily.

“Android hasn’t developed as I’d hoped,” he said. “For many people, though, work is still the primary reason to have a computer. They want Windows to work well, they want Outlook to work well. A tablet running Windows 8 with Tegra could be very nice.”

Source: New York Times

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