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Feb
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If an always-connected tablet is something your heart has always desired but your brain won't let you open your wallet long enough to pay what carriers are asking for their branded tablets, the heavens may have just opened up for you. NVIDIA is unleashing a mobile network-connected version of the the EVGA Tegra Note 7 on the world, which will be available sometime in Q2. And the timing couldn't be better – the Wi-Fi TN7 just got updated to Android 4.4.2 last night, which also brings NVIDIA's GamePad Mapper to the device. The LTE version will of course ship with KitKat.

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It features essentially the same specs as the current TN7, with the addition of NVIDIA's i500 LTE modem for mobile connectivity. Here's a quick rehash of the specs:

  • Display: 7-inch 1280x800 IPS with DirectStylus input
  • Processor: 1.8Ghz Quad-core Tegra 4
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Cameras: 5MP Rear shooter, 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Ports: MicroSD, headphone jack, microUSB
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
  • OS: Android 4.4.2  
  • Battery: 4,100mAh

As far as network support is concerned, here's a look at which bands the LTE TN7 will support out of the box:

  • LTE-US:
    • LTE: 700/850/1700/1900/2600 (Bands 2,4,5,17,7)
    • HSPA+: 850/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,5)
    • EDGE
  • LTE-EU:
    • LTE: 800/1800/2600 (Bands 3,7,20)
    • HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,5,8)
    • EDGE
  • 3G:
    • HSPA+: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 (Bands 1,2,5,8)
    • EDGE
    • +Voice

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So there you go – an always-connected LTE tablet with stylus support, good specs, and quick updates all for $300. There isn't a firm release date just yet, only that it will be available sometime in Q2. For more info, hit up NVIDIA's blog post.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    That screen is unforgiving if it's to launch in Q2 2014... hell it was unforgiving same time last year.

  • SkullOne

    That's a horrible resolution to launch with nowadays. 1GB RAM is also a crime. $50 bucks more gives you the LTE version of Nexus 7. A far better deal and tablet.

    • Adrian Meredith

      if it were the same price as the nexus with the k1 and 1080p it would have been a must buy

      • Nismo0715

        I really do want to like this tablet, I've always been a fan of Nvidia, but there are somethings I cant get around. 1GB of ram is pretty bad, even most budget tablets give you at least 2GB. What's with the 1280x800 screen? To be a budget gaming tablet and stay competitive, they need to at least have 1080p. These specs remind me of the Nexus 7 (2012).

        • renz

          RAM aside the choice to use lower resolution is the right choice for this tablet since the tablet was aiming for smooth gaming performance.

          • Nismo0715

            True, but I can essentially get the same performance, if not better, on many tablets in the same price range.

          • Jaime

            Name 1

          • Nismo0715

            Again, the Nexus 7 either year would give the same performance. This tablet is behind the power curve, and can't stay competitive with these specs. Battery life and SD slot are really the only thing that this table has going for it.

          • renz

            what kind of performance exactly you were referring to?

          • Nismo0715

            When I say performance I'm saying that Nvidia is pushing a product that has already been done. With the exception of the SD slot and battery life, this is nothing new. The newest N7, which has been out for close to a year, has close to the same specs and could potentially release a new tablet this year. With that being said, the price of the N7 (2013) will drop yet Nvidia is giving a product with dated specs. I can completely understand if they are not looking for the "wow factor", because in my opinion it isn't there.

          • renz

            that's why nvidia include stuff like direct stylus to the tablet. also for cpu/gpu performance TN7 is well ahead of Nexus 7 2013. even if the resolution is the same between the tablet TN7 will still come out ahead. tegra 4 only second in performance to snapdragon 800. and you won't find device with such performance for $200 unsubsidized

          • Jaime

            Behind the power curve... and yet you only name one tablet it competes against AND is the Nexus 7 which is subsidized by Google. You seem to forget this has a Tegra 4 SoC...

    • Jaime

      Direct stylus support. I would love to have more ram, but the resolution is enough for the size.Also please read the review. Nuff said lol

      • SkullOne

        Stylus on a 7 inch tablet that's underpowered compared to everything else out there. Might as well just get a Note 3 instead in that case.

        • Jaime

          $200 against $600+ doesn't make too much sense. Underpowered to everything else out there? Hardly. Again read the review. Also name one tablet of the same or similar price which gives you more (I like the Tegra Note from hp better, but is essentially the same tablet)

          • SkullOne

            I'd still take the Nexus 7 over this regardless of the Stylus. Nexus 7 is a far superior tablet for the price.

  • Muhamad Amru Eldan

    why also it's tegra 4 why not k1

    • renz

      nvidia just officially launch the tablet late last year. personally i don't expect TN7 with K1 going to replace current TN7 so soon. more likely were are going to see the successor towards the end of year. anyway instead of another 7 inch tablet maybe nvidia should making 10 inch tablet with K1

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    How exactly would GameMapper work on a device with no physical buttons?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Bluetooth controller.

      • Bryan Pizzuti

        Oh, as in MOGA? Hmmm, maybe this would be worthwhile all of a sudden...

  • Jaime

    Please make one with 2 gigs of RAM!!
    That's all I ask!

  • Jadephyre

    Resolution is still too low, and RAM as well. Heck, apart from the DirectStylus input and the SoC this is exactly the same as the Nexus 7 2012.