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It's been just over two months since NVIDIA announced its white box platform to promote the Tegra architecture, and now EVGA is demonstrating the value of that particular strategy. Newegg is selling the EVGA Tegra Note 7 for $199.99, and as far as we can tell, it's the only place that you can get one. The Tegra 4-powered tablet is shipping out now after a week delay.

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The obvious star here is NVIDIA's Tegra 4 SoC, the same screaming fast processor and GPU combo found in the NVIDIA Shield. But to get the rest of the tablet below that magic $200 threshold, NVIIDA had to cut some corners on the rest of the design, namely in the screen (7" 720p) and RAM (1GB). The rest of the specs are pretty typical: 16GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot, a 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing cam, and Android 4.2.2 at launch. The design is unique and mixes the dimpled back of the Nexus 7 with some flair that reminds me of a desktop graphics card, which is fitting considering the designer and manufacturer. An integrated stylus, dual front-facing speakers, and a MicroHDMI port round out the package.

The Tegra Note 7 is obviously aimed at gamers: with its SoC it gains access to at least some titles that are off limits to the rest of the Android world. But it's also got some software chops that other tablets don't, at least in this price range, thanks to NVIDIA's DirectStylus software. And one of the advantages of NVIDIA designing the hardware is that they'll be providing the software support. An Android 4.3 update is already scheduled for next month, and considering how well they've supported the SHIELD, I'd expect 4.4 to follow soon enough.

If you're tempted by the Tegra Note 7, check out our comprehensive review of the hardware.

Source: Newegg

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Michael Pahl

    This is great to see... I just can't pull the trigger on something with only 1GB of RAM

    • Christopher Bement

      This is my only problem with it. 4.2.2 will eat that shit up. :(

      • Davis Hernandez

        well nvidia said the updates for it would come "as fast as a week later than a nexus device or even less"

      • renz

        Nvidia already mention that android 4.3 updates will coming in december with the support to enanble always on HDR for the camera. Regardless of what OEM selling the device nvidia will handle the updates themselves whichare stong indication that nvidia are really serious about bringing the latest android as soon as possible for their device. From what i heard nvidia already start working with kit kat

  • J3R3MY_H

    An update to the review with battery life experience would be nice.

    • David Hart

      I'm interested in that too, the Nvidia Shield had amazing battery life.
      But maybe that wasn't all because of the Tegra 4.

      • renz

        Nvidia shield got big battery. In the range of 7000 mAh+

    • ins0mn1a

      check the anandtech review. they thoroughly benchmarked everything, including battery life.
      http://www.anandtech.com/show/7508/nvidia-tegra-note-7-review

  • Taufiq Rahman

    They could have skipped the camera for an extra 1gb ram...

    • renz

      nvidia wants to show all the tech they have with tegra 4 hence the camera inclusion for the device. most OEM that use Tegra 4 did not use the tech nvidia introduce with Tegra 4. (in this case Direct Stylus and Computational Photography Architecture (Chimera) that comes built in into all T4 SoC)

  • Jadephyre

    Just 1GB RAM and a measly 1280x800 pixel resolution screen... i'm sorry, but i'd rather buy a new N7 and get twice the RAM and FullHD res. Apart from the processor there is virtually no difference to my N7 2012.

    • Joe

      Apart from having passive stylus, micro SD card slot and back camera. Which can be some killer features to some people.

      • renz

        i just hope nvidia could bring APP2SD with future updates to the units so you can move both apk and data to the SD card

      • Jadephyre

        True, but if you try to aim a tablet at gamers, which is a weird idea as it's neither a PC nor a console, then don't skimp on the RAM and the display.
        300 bucks would seem a fair price for 32GB internal memory and a fullHD Display. At the moment the tablet, at least to me, seems like a cheap way to get the Tegra 4 out there.

        I hope that chip fares better than the Tegra 3, whose performance is less than stellar.

        • Michael Pahl

          What are you basing the Tegra 3's "less than stellar" performance one? The first gen Nexus 7? With its basically faulty NAND? come on.

        • renz

          Maybe we can complain the lack of RAM but the decision to use lower resolution is wiser if you want maintain smooth frame rates even on graphically demanding games. On 7inch display 720p is still quite good. Apart from N7 the 720p res is still considered as acceptable than most 7 inch out there which usually opting for 1024*600 screen

          • Ramster

            AMAZON KINDLE FIRE HDX 7.
            It has a snapdragon 800, 2 gigs of RAM, 1080p display...
            it's virtually the best of both worlds. I'm probably buying one and flashing stock 4.4.

          • renz

            personally i don't mind the resolution. my original N7 with it's 720p res are fine with me. personally i'm the type that prefer performance over resolution. the combination of T4 with 720p will no doubt offer best performance even for graphically demanding games. well that is if you prefer gaming with your tablet

          • Ramster

            i would go with the TN because of that, but the thing is that the Adreno 330 is slightly faster than that of the TN's tegra 4. Meaning that they will match in graphical performance regardless of the resolution differential. If the performance is really superior on the TN, however, i will def buy the tegra note.

          • playingwithplato

            720p on a 7 inch screen is more than enough at standard distance of use. I had the 1st generation N7 and now the 2013 generation and I you can't determine a difference in sharpness without bringing the screen very close to your nose.

    • Himmat Singh

      Indeed. Considering we already have devices with 3GB RAM in the market, selling a gaming tablet with just 1GB RAM is crazy.

  • mustbepbs

    I love how the listing says "Always up to date", yet it's releasing with 4.2.2.

  • A_Noyd

    Still waiting to see if it has GPS.

    • renz

      according to Anandtech review the unit does have GPS inside

      http://www.anandtech.com/show/7508/nvidia-tegra-note-7-review/6

    • ins0mn1a

      if you look at the newegg screenshot included in the post, it says gps/glonass.

      • A_Noyd

        Yeah, I see that. Odd that in the review the never mention it, other than that screenshot.

  • A_Noyd

    Even if the screen is only 1280x800 I could live with it if it is the same quality as the Nexus 7 2012. Also from what I am hearing, 1 gig, ir no, it is a screamingly fast.

  • Himmat Singh

    Screaming fast eh? Already gaming benchmarks show the Tegra 4 to only be able to play games at 72% the performance of the Samsung processor in the S4 and Note 3. A few months time everyone will be complaining how Tegra4 performs poorer than other same-gen processors.

    • Michael Pahl

      What are you talking about? The Shield is faster than the N5...

      http://community.futuremark.com/hardware/mobile

    • renz

      Tegra 4 as a whole are pretty much comparable to snapdragon 800. The snapdragon 800 gpu indeed faster than ULP geforce inside tegra 4 but as i aware of there is almost no game out there able to make tegra 4 down to it's knee aside from syntetic benchmark maybe. Game developer like Vector Unit (beach buggy blitz, moto gp) did say that tegra 3 was dissapointing but the performance of tegra 4 really fly. And surprisingly they say coding for tegra gpu are much easier than power vr gpu. The only downside of tegra 4 was it does not support opengl es 3.0.

  • x3haloed

    I'd love to see you guys compare this to the HP Slate 7 Extreme. They are basically the same tablet, but I want to know what the differences are. Most importantly, I'd like to know if the HP tablet is getting updates directly from Nvidia as well. I doubt it, but I'm hoping!

    • The Unwired Medic

      Looks like the color and logos, plus HP is offering 25GB for life with Box. Otherwise, they're identical.

  • Geremy Roque

    Saving up to get this. The reason why i'm getting this over the Nexus 7, is not the price, but because i'm more interested in actual horsepower than resolution. Plus all the cool features it includes. At first i hesitated a little because of the RAM, but then i thought "heck, this will get Android 4.4 Soon enough.". And we all know what that means. plus, being bare android, it won't have a skin eating up the RAM. So this won't affect performance unless it were for a heavy multi-tasker, which in my case, I'm not. plus I use Greenify all the way.
    Resolution won't matter to me, because in my book it's not worth missing such features and SoC just because of some extra pixels. I'm sure it'll be able to output 1080p via HDMI Anyways.
    Design, I don't mind. Front facing speakers is a plus. I really do like the features, though. To me, the most impressive is the Stylus tech it has, which i won't use much, but should be fun to play with. I'm eager to try the camera, and i'm happy it has a micro sd slot.

    What i'm trying to say is that for some people (like me), the features it includes make up for what it's missing. Main reason I'm getting this, though, is because of the emulators. i wanna see how good PPSSPP performs on this thing. For people who are all about resolution, or just the average user, the Nexus 7 is the best choice.

    To me, this is like the parallel version of the Nexus 7.
    it's great this way because that means there's actually a second choice now.

    i'm just gonna hope they also release a Tegra Note 10 or just Nvidia Tegra 10 or something like that in the future, and sell it for $300. It would also be cool to see something like, say, a Tegra Phone 5, 5.5 or 6. but that's dreaming too high lol

    • renz

      Build quality might not up to par with nexus 7 yet but unlike google nvidia only making profit solely from the unit. But this is nvidia first attempt to making tablet future version could be better while maintaining the low price. Anyway i do heard about nvidia making white box for 10 inch tablet but it will only come out next year with tegra 5 inside.

    • Ramster

      What about the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7?
      Snapdragon 800 + 2 gigs of RAM + 1080p display. And we already know that the Adreno 330 in the S800 benchmarks 10 fps higher on average than the Tegra 4's 72 core GPU. Meaning, they're both gonna get the same performance in most real world situations... and the HDX is $230. Just no rear camera and stylus.

      • Geremy Roque

        Its certainly a great alternative. In terms of performance at least, its the way to go for those who do need the 2 gigs of ram and 1080p while conserving the perfomance. But while performance is similar, features, updates, and maybe price would be the decisive point. So the right choice will vary. At least in my case I'll still go for the Tegra Note just because I couldn't care less about 1080p and I really wanna try its features. In a N7 vs HDX situation, I'd Pick N7 because of the pure android experience and the updates. Even though I'm more interested in performance, the lack of features would probably make me loose interest in said performance. Unless we were talking about an overwhelmingly huge difference in power, that is.

        • Ramster

          Hm, so would you say a performance difference between the HDX and the Tegra Note is minimal? What allots the HDX to a better battery life by over 2 hours even with the higher resolution display/more power hungry SoC? Lastly, do you think the Tegra Note serves as a better productivity tablet? I tied between these two since I need a tablet for note taking in school, emulation, developing kernels/ROMs, and overall productivity/studying.

          • Geremy Roque

            Its not minimal, after all, they are two different SoC. If battery is "that" important to you, then you should probably go for the HDX unless you were to have an external battery laying around (Which with the $30 price difference you could get if you want). Because even though note taking can be handy, one could just hook up keyboard over USB/BT. I'm actually gonna give this tab the same use you will. So I'd say that to make the choice, you should think wether the Stylus would increase your productivity (it may), if the battery difference will really affect you (time you will use it vs battery life), and well, the slight difference in specs and maybe think which one would be easier to develop for (I'd say HDX). I'm picking the TN over the HDX because of the possibility of increased productivity, and slightly lower price tag. But that's ignoring the differences which could end up being a deal breaker for some. Pick whichever you feel like will accomplish all you want it to do.

          • Ramster

            thanks for the tips, bud! :D

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    NVIIDA

  • Matthew Merrick

    Damn, sold out already.

  • The Unwired Medic

    I have seen that Newegg is out of stock and has been for many days. @TEAMEVGA on Twitter was kind enough to let me know that more will be available in "early December". https://twitter.com/TEAMEVGA/status/405413211232423936

    • renz

      just a few days ago they were back in stock and now they were sold out again!

      • The Unwired Medic

        Got mine delivered two weeks ago. Snuck in on Black Friday when they were showing in stock and it shipped on Cyber Monday. I was floored. I expected it would be mid-to-late December before I'd see it. I did buy the "rush" processing for an extra $3 though. It's pretty nice. I can see how up'ing the RAM to 2GB would be better, but I don't have a problem with the display quality and it runs nearly everything I open quite smoothly. Wouldn't recognize my microSD until I rebooted. Video camera is nothing to write home about, but that isn't why I bought it. Now I need a screen protector and a good sleeve case.

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