05
Jun
tango

Google has just announced the official Project Tango tablet development kit, an insanely powerful slate powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor. This thing is beastly - 7" display (unknown type / resolution), 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, Tegra K1 quad-core processor (not the dual-core 64-bit Denver), motion-tracking cameras, integrated depth sensing, Android KitKat, and LTE. The big catch? It's only for developers, and it will cost $1024. Yikes. Granted, this is a high-tech, cutting-edge experimental product designed as a reference and development tool, not something to check your Gmail on while browsing Reddit. Take a look at the video.

The front-facing camera has a 120-degree viewing angle, there's a 4MP rear camera with 2 micrometer pixels (the same pixel size as HTC's UltraPixel sensor, probably the same camera), a motion-tracking rear camera, and an integrated depth sensor - all the tools you'll need to do the kinds of crazy stuff Google will want you to with this thing.

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You can sign up to learn more about the Tango Tablet at the link below, but you'll have to be a developer (or claim to be) in order to buy one in the first place. You can see an exclusive hands-on with the tablet with Engadget right here, too. Oh, and this news comes rather well-timed considering an earlier rumor of a Tango-based tablet with a 4000-unit run.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Julio M

    Beastly indeed! Even for $1K price.

    • Joe S

      Love how they made the price so geeky too! $1024...
      1 Gigabit = 1024 Megabits
      1 Megabit = 1024 Kilobit
      and so on and so on...

      Classic Google and their geeky ways!

      • http://minnecapture.smugmug.com/ beans28

        Good observation! Man, I love those guys.

      • Steve Freeman

        I'm so glad I wasn't the only one who noticed that.

      • 2thunder

        $1k and Nvidia K1 xD

      • Laurentiu

        Just a joke :)

        Son: I need $1000 for ***
        Father: Take $1024 to be a round sum.

      • abqnm

        Hate to be this guy, but...

        1 Gigabit = 1000 Megabits
        1 Megabit = 1000 Kilobits

        This is a way to describe capacity in human readable numbers.

        However, this is what you are looking for:

        1 Gibibit = 1024 Mebibits
        1 Mebibits =1024 Kibibits

        This is a way to describe capacity in multiples of binary bits, which binary bits are what is actually stored.

        • Joe S

          Umm... I hate to be this guy, but your numbers are wrong... Check this link out and it will give you the proper conversion:
          https://www.google.ca/search?q=megabits+to+kilobits&oq=megabits+to+kilobits&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.803j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8

          • descendency
          • Joe S

            Okay, well Google's wrong too. lol
            Oh well I guess it doesn't really matter. Its still a smart little joke Google is making with the pricing.

          • abqnm

            It has just become so common to use it incorrectly, that most sites will handle the incorrect units. Even JEDEC adopted these names because they were so commonly misused. IEC, the true standard, still uses the terms properly.

        • Oobiewan

          In case of Bytes they never or almost never use mebi or kibi, but they always mean 1024

          • abqnm

            They don't always mean 1024. If you buy a 500 Gigabyte hard drive, they are selling you a drive with 500,000 Megabytes or 500,000,000 Kilobytes. Windows computers, however, call 1024 Megabytes 1 Gigabyte. *nix systems report it correctly, however. So it isn't standard. It is all over the place, hence why it is so confusing.

          • fonix232

            Yes, that is one of the typical rip-offs of the IT market. Because the official IEC standard says mega, giga, kilo, etc., are powers of 10 and not 2, they can say it's a 500GB disk, which is it.

            Windows, by the way, does correctly recognize the disk size, and calculates it from the block size and number. It was Windows XP which took the drive size rounding as is from the manufacturer.

            So back on topic. You buy the on-paper 500GB disk, plug it in, and wonder why is it only 465GB (actually, a bit less - partitioning, etc, takes away some percentage of the partition, but in general, it shouldn't be less than 460GB at the end). There were actually lawsuits against WD and (I think) Seagate, from which the former was won (since, WD indicated the size in both GB and GiB sizes).

          • abqnm

            I guess I was a bit unclear about my Windows reference. Windows identifies GiB, but refers to them as GB instead. So while it does report correctly, it uses the wrong unit.

          • fonix232

            Indeed, that's correct. The reason behind this was stated multiple times by Microsoft - nobody, not even professionals, use PiB/TiB/GiB/MiB/KiB, but on paper. If you ask a regular guy on the street to tell how many Kilobytes are in a Megabyte, he'll say 1024. It is the common knowledge now, and Microsoft tries to make it easier for users (given that a huge majority of computers run Windows, it's understandable). So by IEC, they use the wrong standard, yes. However, real-life applications ALWAYS refer to the i counterpart as the no-i one (my mother once asked me what the hell is a gibibyte. Apparently she watched some TV show on Discovery channel about it and had a completely mixed up understanding of it. Pretty much how people used to the metric system get mixed up when they're presented with a recipe using cups of flour, fingers of butter, quarts of milk, etc.)

        • didibus

          Damn, thanks man, never learned that in school or at work. It does explain why I sometimes saw GiB and GB.

          That standard is actually quite nice. It's annoying to not know between 1024 and 1000. So having KiB as 1024 and KB as 1000 makes the distinction clear.

          It sucks though, that JEDEC uses another standard, which is the "common" way, which makes KB 1024.

          I think I will personally start following IEC standard, JEDEC will continue to make memory more confusing, but oh well, such is life.

      • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

        I suspected the 1024 pricing was intentional as well. Pretty awesome and geeky.

  • Kylecore

    I'm in love...

  • Jeremiah Hawkins

    $1024? Tegra K1 was supposed to be affordable I thought, around the $400 Mark

    • Tom

      That's why it's a dev kit..

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

      lol, the price isn't based solely on the processor. You think all the sensors and other additional hardware is cheap? C'now now.

      • Jeremiah Hawkins

        Fixed it. A little while back Nvidia had a mock up tablet that cost around 350 for components, so tablet I was hoping would be maybe 500

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      This is a low-volume development device not intended for sale to consumers and that number likely reflects the cost of sensors, a specialized display, other components, and development, and is in no way related to the Tegra chip.

    • mustbepbs

      Can you even read?

    • AOSPrevails

      This is a low-volume dev device like Google Glass. K1 is found in the $240 7.9" Mi-Pad announced by Xiami recently so it is very affordable.

      • Jeremiah Hawkins

        Cool. And I know it is Project Tango so calm down people

    • renz
  • hurrpancakes

    something something 1024 bytes to a megabyte, etc

    • Simon Belmont

      Oh. You meant 1024 kilobytes to a megabyte.

      Sorry. I'm just a sucker for correcting that sort of thing.

      • hurrpancakes

        I can't believe I made that mistake. I bring shame upon my family

        • Simon Belmont

          Hahaha. Don't fret, man.

          Happens to the best of us. Cheers.

      • abqnm

        Kibibits and Mebibits. Kilobytes and Megabytes are multiples of 1000, not 1024.

        • Simon Belmont

          Haha. I knew someone would bring this up. :)

          While you're correct, most people just use bytes when referring to that. But, yeah, you IZ RIGHT. :P

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Didn't nVidia announce they were leaving the mobile chipset business? I'd be reluctant to spend that much on hardware that might not have any support in a year?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Phones. Not mobile. And they said they'd focus on phones less, not abandon them altogether.

    • Nathan Borup

      They only said they would do mobile chipsets if their chip was the ferrari of chipsets... apparently the k1 is

    • KojiroAK

      mobile as in mobile phone.
      And yes, there are native english speaker to call it a mobile.
      "I call you from my mobile"

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        Of course some of us who speak English, also know that something that is mobile is portable - which makes more than just mobile phones classifiable under the broad category of mobile. If you are going to spout term examples at me - then "mobile home, mobile TV, mobile broadcast van, the suspect is mobile" A tablet is a mobile computing device, regardless of whether it has the necessary guts to connect to a cellular network (which by the way makes it a cellular device too)

        • KojiroAK

          And for some, it's just the short form of mobile phone, so they think it's not necessary to clarify, while some other don't clarify that they use mobile not as a word for mobile phone.

          And that's the reason why people should ask that, if it's not clear which English the writer uses or if it isn't clear from context.
          And no, there is not just one English, though, the funniest thing is, that specially English native speaker aren't aware of that.

    • renz

      nvidia never make such announcement to my knowledge. in their latest earnings nvidia mention that tegra focus will be automotive, android gaming and product differentiation. all i know there are interview with CNET where Huang says that they are not going after mainstream device much more. then as usual there will be reports from various sites and and then people start talking about nvidia leaving mobile. in some cases there are sites that quoting only portion of the interview and then concludes that nvidia will stop making tegra altogether like this one:

      http://megagames.com/news/nvidia-gives-tegra

      looking at project tango that fits about what nvidia said about product differentiation. and for nvidia themselves they are most likely like to see their tegra chip to pioneer stuff like what project tango is doing. the same reason why nvidia came up with Jetson TK1

    • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

      They don't need to leave the business to abandon support, anyway... why did Google choose them? I can't understand these guys.

  • gdsgs

    GOOGLE VOICE INTEGRATION FOR HANGOUTS

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Go away.

      • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

        Perfect reply! :D

    • Nathan Borup

      wow really?

  • AOSPrevails

    Interesting appearance of K1, maybe it will show up in New Nexus tablets?

  • Corey Watford

    Get rid of some of the sensor, give me 32gbs of storage, and an 8in screen-And there u got the Nexus 8, for 399

    • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

      -_-

      • Corey Watford

        I totally understand DKits, but is there anything wrong in hoping some of these components make there way to a Nexus 8 this I/O as a consumer product?

        • Guest

          There is when you don't word your reply correctly.

          You could have said the following: If they removed some of the sensors, lowered the storage to 32 GBs and made the screen 8 inches then that would be an amazing potential Nexus 8. If they marketed and sold it for around $399 I'd definitely pick one up.

          The way you worded it leads one to infer that you're telling them what to do with this Development Kit device and what you want it to cost. It gives the implication that you don't get what this device is and why it cost what it does.

          Or to put it simply, word things better!

          • Nathan Borup

            and you're one to word things better Mr "GOOGLE VOICE INTEGRATION FOR HANGOUTS" on this same thread?

          • Guest

            That wasn't me artard. But I guess the username being Guest for me and the other one being gdsgs didn't clue you in. Also the fact that I don't type in all caps or digress from a given point/topic.

            But right on Nathan Borup, today you have proven to me that human stupidity knows no bounds. Reading comprehension though has its limits.

          • Nathan Borup

            your username is showing as gdsgs for me... So something must be broken lol

          • Guest

            Ah. In that case apologies for the artard remark. My bad. Hug?

            Totally not that jerk.

          • Nathan Borup

            lol same. sorry dude. Refreshed the page and now it shows you as guest

          • Guest

            No harm, no foul.

            And holy schnikeys! Did two people just knock each other and apologize after realizing their errors on the internet? [hides under desk cause clearly the end is nigh]

          • Nathan Borup

            ha ha that just made my day

          • What the…you didn’t…

            That's it!

            Both of you!

            You're outta here! We can't be behaving like this on the Interwebz! You should both know better! For shame!

            Now call each other names and rage-quit like good Interwebz-dwellers.

    • KilpiBan

      You seem to have some difficulties understanding what a development kit is.

      • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

        Haha! Ikr? :D

      • Syukri Lajin

        i thought development kit is supposed to be a baseline / reference of the consumer product for the developers and manufacturers?

        • Reid Knight

          Not typically. This particular tablet will most likely never be a consumer device (some components or aspects may be ported, but not the entire device). It's designed to do rather in-depth spacial recognition / room-awareness sorts of calculations and visualizations. Look a bit into Project Tango. It's actually a bit amazing what it aims to accomplish.

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

    Google is clearly testing grounds with game console hardware there.
    Maybe this "tablet format" is just a deception to make more people adopt and test the more popular tablet format while, in fact, test a game console hardware and technology which later may have a very different hardware format.

    • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

      One thing you are right about is them testing the waters. They are doing that, that's why its a development kit. About the other part of your post, I highly doubt that happening.

      • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

        Actually, my point is that Google is not testing a Tablet, but a video game console. Maybe gaming it's not Google main focus right now, but certainly is for NVidia is.

  • Eddie Ringle

    "... Tegra K1 quad-core processor ..."

    Where is the source saying that this is the quad-core Cortex-A15 variant of the K1? Neither the video nor a first glance at the site says anything specific. Also, since it includes 4GB of RAM and is due to release later in the year I'd wager this might actually be a Project Denver device.

    • Matthew Fry

      It's in the Engadget article.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It is absolutely a quad-core 32 bit, I have it on the record with NVIDIA. No Denver.

  • werwer

    everything expensive from google sucks, isn't it ?

  • Simon Belmont

    Some folks don't seem to get that this is a low-volume seller. It's meant for serious developers and not mainstream consumers (hence the high price).

    What's cool for us enthusiasts is that it shows us hardware that Google may be pushing for in future devices. In other words, interesting times for Android.

  • lnfected

    ...I bought s5 32 GB for $1000 too here in singapore.

  • br_hermon

    Android Platinum???

  • SVem26

    Will we see a high end 10inch tablet or is Google no more interested in that size range.. Was really looking forward to a next gen nexus 10

    • Matthew Fry

      My guess is no. The 1 year anniversary came and went and now they're taking down the Nexus program.

  • br_hermon

    On another note, when is Android Police going to get an exclusive hands-on huh Google? I think it's time!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      The fifth of never in the year of our lord Duarte.

  • Tom Harman

    WOW, they just out did Apple on pricing, damn now i have to go buy a Ipad cause it's a low budget device, lol. ok maybe i wouldn't go that far.

    • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

      It is not a consumer device. Please read the article (and the attached link) again.

      • Tom Harman

        i know, but doesn't mean i can't poke fun right.

        • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

          Ok. But you could have put it in a more funny way.

          • Tom Harman

            LOL, i thought it was, i was obviously joking in that post.

          • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

            Haha, ok. :)

    • Frank Lopez

      You failed. Take the L like a MAN and just leave it alone.

    • renz

      this is meant for developer not for consumer. this is the same as Qualcomm MDP tablet.

      http://www.nextpowerup.com/news/8176/snapdragon-805-powered-developer-tablet-costs-usd-800-shipping-this-april.html

      • Tom Harman

        Yes, I am well aware as I have already stated, just trying to have a little fun, as I also already stated.

  • Nick Cannon

    You had me at 4mp camera

  • Syukri Lajin

    4GB of RAM? i think that says something about the next version of android. 64 bit support is coming?

    • Simon Belmont

      Ha. Well, we already knew that it's coming with all the 64-bit commits to Android's development.

      But, yes. It's looking likely soon, but this isn't the 64-bit K1.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Not really. This has a 32-bit proc.

      • Syukri Lajin

        are you sure it's the quadcore(32bit) processor? the video never actually showed that it's quad core, and there are two announced version of k1, 32bit quad core and 64 bit dual core.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Yes.

          • Syukri Lajin

            that is disappointing :(

      • Eddie Ringle

        Again, where's the source for this? Neither Google nor Nvidia states specifically which K1 variant it is. And Engadget may have been making the same assumptions you are.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          I have information on the record from NVIDIA that it's 32-bit quad.

        • joser116

          The K1 is 64-bit and the Denver one is 64 bit dual.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            No. Quad-core K1 is 32.

          • joser116

            Oh yeah, sorry, I meant to type 32-bit.

      • Adrian Meredith

        So i guess it must be using PAE otherwise it wouldn't be able to make use of the last GB

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          I thought 32-bit capped at 4GB of memory addressing? Unless something is different on Android/ARM procs? (I admit to being totally out of my league on this issue)

          • Syukri Lajin

            k1 supports 40bit memory addressing(pae), said so on tegra's processor specification(http://www.nvidia.com/object/tegra-k1-processor.html). android(dalvik and all) will still be limited to 3gb+ similar to windows/linux i guess.

          • joser116

            You are correct, 32-bit can still use 4 GB.

          • Steve Freeman

            32-bit caps around 3.5 GB. Though that INCLUDES GPU memory, which I don't think is relevant on tablets/smartphones, but is relevant on PC's.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3_GB_barrier Right, so it looks like K1 even in this 32-bit variant has 40-bit PAE so it can go beyond that number, assuming Android itself supports PAE.

          • Steve Freeman

            As long as the kernel supports it. But yeah, it's definitely possible. And I'm sure kernel support wouldn't be hard for the devs to add once they get their hands on everything, if it's not already included.

          • Barnassey

            If it runs 4.3 and above the kernel would support PAE. Lunix kernel 2.6.13 added support for it natively if the cpu supports it.

  • Nick Cannon

    It takes two to Tango

    • Simon Belmont

      It takes three to Half-Life 3: Confirmed.

      Oh, snap. Wow.

  • TSK

    Wonder if this may be a sign of things to come with Google using NVIDIA chips? K1 in Android TV might make it the best gaming/media device out there, aside from Xbox One and PS4. An aggressive price point could make it sell in bunches.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Could be! Let's hope so.

    • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

      Please NO

  • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

    Those specs...

    *heavy breathing*

  • Cesar

    Dat price.

  • kepley

    this'll be the Google I/O giveaway. calling it now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      The WSJ article said the first run was 4000 units. Not enough to give to all attendees. They may give out some, but I highly doubt it will be one of the general gifts for all ticketholders.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS
  • Shalom Mathews

    Shut up and take my kidney.

  • vbman213

    Dat bezel though. Easily a 10" housing with a 7" display...

    • every bleeding article…

      What we need is to get all the people who's first reaction on looking at virtually any device is, "dat bezel" and put them in a room.

      With no air.

      Vacuum sealed.

      So no-one can hear them scream.

  • deltatux

    Sounds like this might be the flounder tablet that was "leaked" through the AOSP code. We'll see once people get their hands on these to confirm if this is flounder or not.

  • Lucas Laws

    Heh, 1024.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    If you are for example an architect, and will use this device as your professional tool, to create 3D models of building interior etc, $1000 is in no way expensive.

    • GraveUypo

      yeah no, i don't know why anyone would buy a tablet to do 3D modelling.

      • Sergii Pylypenko

        You don't do 3D modelling, you point that depth sensor onto some building and get it's 3D photo, then import it into Archicad on PC.
        Granted, you probably can do the same with laptop and Kinekt camera, but it does not have gyroscope, so you cannot do 3D panorama photos, as with this tablet.

  • Matt

    Bezel. No no no.

  • AOSPrevails

    If I can get those Front facing speakers and the K1 on a 1600p 8-8.4" screen, I am totally sold on 32gb Nexus 8 for about $350

  • RSA

    This is why i love Google! They really interested in trying new!

  • Sophia Bennit

    Android Police going to get an exclusive hands-on huh Google? Project Tango tablet - http://tiny.cc/hzuzgx

  • Badouken

    How the back is shaped kinda reminds me of the Wii U gamepad (which is actually super comfortable to hold). I hope Google announces a consumer tablet that is similar at Google I/O but you know without the project tango stuff.

  • Davendra Kissoon

    Anyone notice them dual front facing speakers????
    this tablet is a dream!!!

  • iandouglas

    dat bezel...

  • http://tech.gtaero.net/ Navarr Barnier

    Cheaper than the Glass devkit.

    • GUEST

      Yes, cheaper than the Glass devkit, but now the same screw-the-little-developer attitude, plus they ask No personal emails (e.g. no Gmail... in others words ORGANIZATIONAL-MAN need only apply!

  • Abbas Mustafa Bhaiji

    BECHMARK! BECHMARK! BECHMARK!