NVIDIA Reveals Tegra Note – Complete Tablet Platform, Powered by Tegra 4

by Matt Wuebbling

By now many of you may have heard of NVIDIA Tegra Note, but are still wondering what it is.

Back in June at Computex, we briefly demoed an early version of the device, when it was better known as Tegra Tab. One of the many innovations it introduced was NVIDIA DirectStylus technology, which significantly improves passive stylus performance.

So what’s Tegra Note?

It’s a complete tablet platform, designed by NVIDIA and brought to market by our partners.

It embodies the NVIDIA brand — from our hardware and software (right down to OTA updates), to our industrial design, accessories and network of partners in game development.

It elevates the abilities of our partners, so they can provide tablets packed with innovation and features at prices they may not have been able to deliver on their own. In turn, NVIDIA gains access to their deep sales and distribution expertise in regions worldwide.

And it starts at a suggested retail price of $199. That will help many more people experience the new technologies going into Tegra Note, including its 100 percent Android OS.


Tegra Note
Tegra Note — a complete tablet platform, powered by Tegra 4.

This isn’t a first for us. About a year ago, we announced Project KAI — a Tegra 3 reference design intended as a recipe to build low-cost, high-quality Tegra 3 tablets. Google’s Nexus 7 was one. Tegra Note takes this to the next level by delivering a complete platform, not just the hardware.

In the next few months, our partners will be bringing Tegra Note to market worldwide with features that speak to local consumers, among them are EVGA and PNY Technologies in North America; EVGA, Oysters and ZOTAC in Europe; Colorful, GIGABYTE, Shenzhen Homecare Technology and ZOTAC in Asia-Pacific; and XOLO in India. They join other partners, including HP, ASUS, Toshiba, Kobo and Xiaomi, that have already announced Tegra 4-based products.

To whet your appetite, here’s a rundown on some of the Tegra Note’s unique features:

  • Ultra-fast performance — Powered by Tegra 4 with a 72-core GeForce GPU and quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU with a fifth battery-saver core, making Tegra Note the world’s fastest 7-inch tablet.
  • Superb stylus — NVIDIA DirectStylus technology transforms a normal stylus into an incredibly responsive experience with finer point and broader stroke control. It also comes bundled with apps for convenient, stroke-based note taking.
  • Exceptional sound — NVIDIA PureAudio technology offers rich, deep audio — including the widest frequency range in a tablet — through front-facing stereo speakers with a bass-reflex port.
  • Groundbreaking camera — The camera uses Tegra 4’s processing power and Chimera computational photography architecture to deliver stunning new features. Tegra Note also brings SmugMug’s Camera Awesome app — one of the top camera apps on iOS — to Android. Camera Awesome delivers exclusive Tegra 4 features like tap-to-track and 100 fps video with slow-motion playback.
  • TegraZone gaming — Delivering unmatched gaming, NVIDIA TegraZone provides easy access to Tegra-optimized games with visual effects that aren’t available on other tablets. Tegra Note also supports a variety of game controllers for console-class gaming.
  • Great battery life — 10-plus hours of HD video playback.
  • Accessories galore — An intelligent slide cover flips and bends to support and cover the tablet. It also lets the tablet be set up in three distinct positions using built-in magnets for added flexibility. The DirectStylus Pro Pack enables a variety of writing styles with interchangeable tips. And Bluetooth capabilities turn the tablet into a game controller.

On top of that, users get over-the-air (OTA) software updates provided directly by NVIDIA. This will help ensure customers have current software, offering the richest experience with their devices.

Here’s a full set of the specs for quick reference:

Processor Tegra 4 mobile processor with quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 72-core GeForce GPU
Display 7-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 800)
Camera Rear 5MP and front VGA webcam
Storage 16GB storage with microSD expandable up to an additional 32GB
Audio Front-facing “HD Audio” stereo speakers with a unique bass-reflex port
Stylus Chisel and Brush tips for natural writing and broad strokes
Peripherals Micro HDMI connector to drive big screen TV videos and gaming
OS 100% Android with latest version of the OS
Software Updates Over-the-air software updates directly from NVIDIA
Battery Life 10 hours HD video playback


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  • Rachid Bekhechi

    Great specs except for the display resolution….very outdated!! Are we going to see a 10″ tablet..with an HD resolution?

  • Ray

    I want one.. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.odonnell.75 Charlie O’Donnell

    YES PLEASE :O Nice work Nvidia

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1187500258 Bryan Bagayas


  • Lazar Gruev

    iPad can suck it!

  • CX1


  • A_Noyd

    Agreed, this sounds awesome EXCEPT for the display resolution.

  • bm2i

    nice , when it will be available ?

  • A_Noyd

     Yes, it’s called an Asus Transformer TF701T Tegra 4 2560×1600 resolution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004951898087 Martin Cameron Maclean

    Can this tablet play steam games like the Shield does??? If so I’m sold.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaychew Jay Chew

    the camera is not making the tablet look good..nonetheless after seeing how badly Tegra 3 performed…i totally lost all confidence i had for nvidia when it comes to smartphone/tablet processor..nvidia graphic cards for pc still rocks tough

  • Robert Johnson

    Will this have GPS?

  • Baidik Chatterjee

    Please try to launch it in India

  • Korn Bred

    Can I dual-boot it with a Linux OS like Ubuntu?

  • Enrico Conca

    How about RAM? Size and frequency are missing!

  • E. Tasche

    Clearly intended to compete at the Nexus 7 level.. But at the Nexus 7 2012 model level.  Must not have known about the 2013 model (which was still in development probably when this one was).

    Has some great things about it, but I’d opt for the higher resolution display just for the sake of having a much easier time reading the fine print.. as well as the whole I know it is unlockable, has the absolute best software update times, and is supported by Ubuntu Touch and will be supported by many things to come to a degree that few other non-nexus devices will.

    But until I saw the screen resolution, I was in.  I love that the HDMI connector is not left out, and the forward facing speakers.. I’m sure this will sell well – just not my pick at the moment.  I am still very excited to see Nvidia jumping in like this.  Make a phone next please, but no capacitive buttons, a bloody huge battery, and stick with the 4.5-4.7″ range for the display, and 720p (no sense using more battery life than necessary if the screen isn’t big enough for it to make a real difference). — Might want to wait for VoLTE though to put it into production, just to bypass some of the carrier nonsense.

  • Adam92Wilkins

    So is it an active stylus? Or just a more finely tuned digitizer?

  • ZeeLobby

    With stylus?

  • http://danielwaltz.me/ TheDark

    Looks good! Hope to see 802.11ac wireless on this like the Shield!

  • Nicholas Turco


  • IDontKnowMyName

    i like the price. but the resolution would have been better at what the nexus 7 2013 is at. none the less it’s a great slate

  • Izzuddin Helmi

    if only can expand the microsd to 64gb that’ll be delicious.

  • Kyle Tuck

    A tablet with a stylus has a lot of potential in the classroom. Too bad nvidia’s focus seems to be gaming. Schools are buying iPads like crazy for the classroom. Imagine if nvidia worked with more devs to bring some classroom-focused apps/capabilities to the table. A class set of these would be far cheaper than a class set of iPads.

  • AriyanHaghgoo

    When will it come to London?

  • MABManZ

    Toshiba Excite Write

    don’t you just love choices? 🙂

  • Linker

    That stylus is amazing. Shut up and take my money (from Canada) please!

  • Umar Khan

    DUDE i mean, in 7 inch screen even a 720p view would give you awesome clearity, do you even know that HD is only good for at least 15 inch and above screens cuz you dont notice any difference between a qHD and Full HD if you have a screen less then 10inch. I on the other hand love the specs and the price its awesome plus you can do some serious gaming with Tegra 4 GPU

  • Umar Khan

    lol you wont be able to notice the difference even if it was Full HD, the screen is only 7 inch

  • ZeeLobby

    The are nice :D. But I’ve heard the write is pretty piss-poor, and I think it actually uses a real digitizer, not Nvidia’s newer tech.

  • Elena Rico

    I like the idea of the stylus, the Note tablet is too expensive for me, the bad news is that I already have the eye on a tablet and the case is suppose to be here today 🙁

  • M1kkko

    Can’t wait to use this with (non-Android) Linux.

  • M1kkko

    The shield does *not* play PC games. It is capable of streaming content from your PC though.

  • 3ll

    They’ve mentioned that it’s gonna be by “Xolo” in India! 

  • Fertilized Smang Eggs

    I can see the difference between 720p on a Nexus 7 (2012) and 1080p on a Nexus 7 (2013). Get your eyes checked.

  • Hohenheimsenberg

     Why would you want hight resolution in such small screen?

  • Tim Droz

    How many USB ports?

  • Cecilia Carrillo

    When does it go on sale?

  • Cecilia Carrillo

    When does it go on sale?

  • Christian

    If this had a 1920×1200 screen, I would seriously considering getting one, but if not Ill just wait for the Nexus 7 (2014), which will hopefully have front-facing speakers!

  • Christian

    Actually… Nexus 10 🙂

  • Christian


  • Christian

    So we can play full Linux games on it lol

  • Christian

    And KitKat will make it even more delicious

  • Christian

    I can clearly see the difference between my old Nexus 7 and the new one…so…

  • Christian

    No need to start cursing at people.

  • Michael Tefft

    Display resolution is a big disappointment. As everyone probably knows by now the Google Nexus 7 2013 boasts a 1920×1200 HD display (323 ppi) But other than that it sounds great.

  • Raven

    I wonder what NVidia’s stand on rooting is going to be.  I would love to be able to buy a tablet that I can root out of the box without completely reROMing and be allowed to keep root through OTA updates.  I frequently use Titanium Backup to backup my games so that I won’t lose their progress and can sync the progress across different devices. Give me an unlocked tablet and I will give you my money.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/4KAYxm9snp7n9zT3dUS6UljVIMEz#5245c CapnJackD

    Man that sounds *almost* exactly like what I’ve been looking ALL year for! All except that weak screen. a true 1080P screen really should be an entry level requirement. That could not have added much. Might have wanted to try to do some marketing research before you settled on that screen. Anyway to order an upgrade on the screen? It’d be worth maybe $30 to $50 premium to me. Sure, your Tegra 4 is going to smoke that 800pixel screen, but pushing just enough more to get 1080, wouldn’t have harmed any. That said, this will be a great gaming tablet. Not so much for HD video.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1342102872 Dub Seth Edwards

    *ahem* “It also comes bundled with apps for convenient, stroke-based note taking.” Not to mention how many different Android apps are available in the Google Play store. I fail to see your point here.

  • Umar Khan

    wow really then i should get my eyes checked, I mean i have been gaming and watching 720p and 1080p movies on my laptop which is 15 inch, i rarely notice a difference between those, I used to use Xperia SL(720p) and now using Xperia Z(1080p) and never even got the idea that they look different. The difference occurs when I do do gaming on my Z as it has Adreno 320 Gpu compared to the SL which has 220. Everyone is making a huge fuss out of the fact that screen is not Full HD, when the tablet is only $199, i mean thats the thing to care less for as compared to the spec sheet and horse power under the hood. If they bring something like that at that price i wont think twice before i buy it. You guys can go buy your Nexus and Ipads and all those expensive crap just cuz they are Full HD, get a TV if you care so much for HD, small screens dont need them on priority basis. Dont get me wrong I would want that to be HD but I would pay less price and get 720 on a 7 inch screen rather then payy more just for HD

  • Umar Khan

    my bad i didnt mean it in that way, just in a fun way.

  • Kyle Tuck

    Simply putting in an app that does stroke-based note taking does not make it suitable for the classroom. There are not as many educational apps in the Play Store, and the ones that are there are generally of poorer quality than those in iTunes.  Even just looking at “stroke-based note taking”, there isn’t a single Android app that comes close to Notability for iOS.

    I assure you that I am not an “iOS fanboy”. My personal devices are all Android-based.

    Going beyond “educational apps”, apps and features that enable classroom management, collaboration, and sharing are critical. Samsung recognizes this (look up Samsung School). Unfortunately, the Samsung tablets are significantly more expensive than $200.

  • http://danielwaltz.me/ TheDark

    The difference is huge. High PPI screens are absolutely gorgeous.

  • http://attack.io Jason Mulligan

    Why would you release a tablet today with that ppi? It’s super powerful, but will be limited to a res most phones support?

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.w.goetz James William Goetz

     Its a 7″ screen who cares about HD video?

  • guest1110

    Needs minimum of 1080P!!!!!!  what are you guys thinking???  where’s GPS?  maybe another GB of ram (2GB pls!)

  • follow @muvee360

    what OS would this tablet run

  • JT


  • E. Tasche

    +Christian has it right.

    As well as can I.  Just went and put my 2012 N7 next to a 2013 N7.  Very clear difference, and it makes a HUGE difference when reading.

    The 15″ and above bit you mentioned only applies at a certain distance from the screen.  Phones and tablets are held closer.

    I can still see pixels in the 720p 4.7″ displays even.

    Perhaps you need glasses?

    — as for gaming, it would make a big difference in terms of FPS (less pixels is easier on the GPU), but a higher DPI means a lot more detail can be packed in (which is also very good).

  • E. Tasche

    My 2012 Nexus 7 seems to consistently kick-ass.

    The only problem is that they can’t slam the right radios together for it so I could have one of those awesome processors in my phone too.

    Not seeing where your getting the “nonetheless after seeing how badly Tegra 3 performed” bit from.  Just never saw anything that demonstrated that as true.  Did I miss something?

  • E. Tasche

    Please do get your eyes checked.

    No joke, improperly cared for vision can create a number of life-long issues.

  • Alexander Sok

    its stock android so it seems “easy” to Root

  • Samuel Liu

    I can’t blame them though, SOMETHING needs to be sacrificed to keep the price down.

  • Alexander Sok

    as awesome as this is I want nVidia to make a tablet running x86 architecture I don’t care what they do with it Gaming or Consumer use it would be super cool

  • Fred Rogers

    this beyond good and awesome, but what happened to shadow play? was it cancelled or something?

  • Spinner

    yes yeeeess..finally no HD res, only kids who knew nothing about display will scream for HD

  • Per

    Just buy the Note 10.1 2013 model

  • VicMatson

    Any news about Lte support?

  • Michael Caputo

    If this tablet had direct streaming of GTX graphics data (ala Shield) this would be a must-buy. Or BETTER YET would be that feature in a set-top box!

  • Andre Prasetya

    how about the modem ? will it have the superb acera i500 ? or just plain plain plain wifi just like SHIELD ?

  • https://medium.com/@giannii ジョヴァンニ


  • Knersis

    +1, how much RAM? Nothing short of 2Gb will do

  • ZeeLobby

    Everywhere says it’s Wacom… So yeah. Dunno what your so vehement about.

  • Fino

    la verdad es que hay un poco de saturación en el mercado ya, de todos motos os dejo la noticia en español, Saludos


  • fm123

    I agree, and it definitely depends on the software.  I was at Safelite (windshield repair) and they now use Samsung Note to write up the work order as they walk around the car, then you sign on the tablet to approve the work.  Exactly the type of diverse usage this could see.  Note taking and any form filling would be far easier than the touchscreen keyboard.  In the future all students will have something like this, since you can write equations and draw sketches unlike anything else today (besides expensive digitizers).

  • fm123

    This is the first model to be revealed, and priced appropriately for holiday shopping, hence the “1” at the start of the price, not “2.”  I would say good sales of this leads to more models afterwards.

    Directouch may indeed be able to save $100 or so for stylus support that the Toshiba and others have.

  • amar pathare

    Pls make ur own tablets nvidia of ur own brand ….dont give any other companies to put their brand logo on u like xolo in india …its because of brand

  • Samuel Verhaest

    if this only has 1gb of RAM its a no sale for me.

  • Rob

    Will this tablet allow for steam streaming ala Nvidia shield? Or is this purely a traditional tablet akin to the nexus 7

  • renz

    the problem is nvidia does not have access to x86 and they never will 

  • renz

    stock android for sure. 

  • follow @muvee360


  • A_Noyd

     Nope, sorry.

  • A_Noyd

     Samsung’s latest tablets suck. They are taking too many shortcuts.

  • A_Noyd

     In another article on this tablet, HP is making one, and the stated RAM is only 1 gig. 🙁 the new transformer will have 2 gigs though.

  • A_Noyd

     Not so much on videos, but it is noticeable on text. Even I can see the difference there, and I have lousy eyesight.

  • Zack

    Yes we can! Unless the pixels is reach 3++ppi and above! In this case i doubt it.

  • Zack

    FYI, 720 it is an HD display. IMO, 720 is good enough for smartphone display, 4++ppi and above is beyond than the human eyes can see, but for tablet i prefer 1080 Full HD display, it’s all about pixels density of the screen.

  • gunnerliao

    Nexus 7 (2th generation), I guess, is still the most worth-buying tablet.

  • gunnerliao

    Samsung’s tablets really sucks…

  • gunnerliao

    Samsung’s tablets really sucks


    Nvidia needs to focus on the physical differences ala Stylus between
    Tegra Note and the other budget tablets and then on Performances, camera
    etc.  9 of 10 consumers have never heard or used HDR etc – spending to
    educate them on HDR is a lost battle – YOU don’t have time on your side.

    People like to be able to touch and feel – software is free and
    is thought of as an app – something you can get somewhere eventually
    and not urgent whether true or not. Gaming is also not very convincing –
    all tablets plays games – yea a little better here and there. If you
    have to get people to SQUINT to see the differences – it’s a secondary
    selling point – besides you have to first get their trust that you are
    not pulling a visual trick on them – how would they know FOR SURE they
    can trust what you just showed as real especially software stuff.

    the $1000 GPU card is to a very specific expert user – selling a $199
    tablet is a hand to hand combat with a thousand others for joe six pack
    and their kids.

    STYLUS IN TOW NEXT TO THE TNOTE. Some older folks has arthritis on their
    index fingers, a stylus helps too if it can be used in lieu of your

  • Zack Castro

    Is the stylus pressure sensitive, and how well would this tablet run programs like photoshop? been looking for a tablet to be used as a digital sketch pad for a while now, but most of them don’t have pressure sensitive styluses, and the ones that do are usually too weak to run proper art software. 

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  • Dragos Ioan Coste

    1 GB – http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/18/nvidia-outs-new-tegra-note-design-for-low-cost-tablets/

  • Dragos Ioan Coste

    “You guys can go buy your Nexus and Ipads and all those expensive crap just cuz they are Full HD”

    Nexus is the cheapest tablet around. In fact it has the same price as the Tegra Note and it already has a HD screen.

  • guest1110

    how about bluetooth?

  • GreenPower
  • GreenPower

    I wish it has 1920×1080 display :/ Then I would definitely choose tegra note over google nexus 2 7.

  • GreenPower

    I am courious, can it streams games trough WIFI from your PC like Nvidia Shield?

  • ckavvouras@gmail.com

    I was thinking about getting the note 10.1 2014 but now that I hear about this and especially at this price and running mostly stock Android out of the box I say fuck samsung.

  • MarcoLorenzo

    It’s a 7 inch tablet, what do you expect? The DPI is more than enough. At this size, there’s really no point going for anything higher especially when you consider the added advantage lower resolutions provide like performance and battery life.

  • MarcoLorenzo

    But at this size it won’t make any difference since your eyes won’t be able to discern the difference anymore.

  • Georgi Yordanoff

    If it comes to Bulgaria i will take one, like the designe and the price, its perfect for me! And stylus, that is what im missing with ipad… Bought several, but they not fill like to work better with it.

  • Brian Farid Morales Hernández


  • Brian Farid Morales Hernández

    Consider something, I think most of us use to screen more than 40 cm from the eyes, and considering that we have a 7-inch screen, the maximum resolution that the human eye with perfect vision can see is about 1230×820, only ‘ll capture higher resolution screen if you get too close to your eyes, and if you do you are very sick of the eyes and ophthalmologist prescribes need to go to a higher resolution I think the screens should be more than 7 inches. This was done with calculations that include variables such as distance between the eyes cones etc..

  • E. Tasche

    Most people actually hold smaller tablets and phones closer to 20-25cm from the eyes during activities like gaming.

    There is a lot of existing research out there by people who are qualified to do that sort of thing, ya know?

  • Isano

    Is this going to be available in the Philippines?

  • Doug Dale

    The Nexus 7 2nd generation is using a cortex A8 CPU which is nowhere near the power of the Tegra 4 which is based on A15 cores, also I’ve found that the 1280×800 resolution to be plenty acceptable on a 7″ tablet. Pushing ultra resolutions has it’s drawbacks when it comes to performance. 

  • Sadeep

    Awesome concept and the wide range masses would love that.,…But if only we have bigger screen with similar or around the price tag…would bring more people in

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001042267120 Dimension I-x

    will tablet have cellular facility ? , because it will be usefull in social network outside home .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001042267120 Dimension I-x

    android tablets need to be cellular no funwith such good hardware

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001042267120 Dimension I-x

    yeah lets see power of tegra4

  • Frank Bales

    Google’s eventually going to have to set some standards for apps. Like if you make an app you have to make it for phones AND tablets. And really, I can’t believe Google hasn’t done more to promote using Android in the classroom. Many manufactures, but Google is the driving force.

  • http://www.commander3d.com/ 3D Tablet

    Great specs except for the display resolution…and How about RAM? 

  • Bill Brasky

    This quite possibly could be my first tablet.

  • NEXUS7

     The learning curve of Android is too much for the mindless cookie-cutters we have in today’s public school system

  • Sadeep

    The concept of tegra reference plat form is awesome….But i wish there are reference platforms for 8inch and 10inch too

  • Max Buschkopf

    I have to disagree with you there the new note is a beast by any measure. I’m writing this with the stylus right now and it is just so nice fluid and fast.

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  • D4RK_4NG3L

    I disagree there are plenty educational apps on the play store, this device is great for school. I use evernote, and and a few others, I also have a graphing calc app, and a few other apps great for school. I think its just a matter of if you have the will you will find the way. looks like this new tablet will be great for school.

  • Neelav Barai

    What about Frequencies, Connectivity Options ??

  • Harvey Baxter

    Am i the only one wanting to run ubuntu on this ?

  • Esteban Vallejo

    When this tablet Tegra note are available

  • Dana W

    I’ll take an expansion slot and better hardware over a bigger screen any day.

  • Dana W

    I have both. I must be a mutant.

  • Jan

    I have heard that it is going to have HDMI. Will it support input and output or only output?
    If both than it will be a huge adventage.

  • Oleg Kucherenko

    Some from Nvidia staff, pls, contact me about Tegra Note project partner@eldigroup.com

  • Oleg Kucherenko

    Hi! Someone from Tegra staff, pls, contact me regarding Tegra Note project. partner@eldigroup.com

  • Oleg Kucherenko

    As I understand, it is reference design for OEM orders. Someone from Tegra staff, pls, contact me regarding this question. partner@eldigroup.com

  • fsalese

    If I’m not mistaken you can emulate most ios on android. Or am I wrong? The tegra 4 could emulate windows xp let alone a mobile UI.

  • Stéphane C Desjardins

    Why the heck would you cripple such an otherwise beefy piece of tech with such paltry RAM? I would have been interested otherwise, now it just seems outdated and overpriced.

  • Lc Zai

    when can i get it in Malaysia?

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  • e8hffff call

    We need Tegra Note unbricking support.

  • Alexandre Maranhao

    Please launch a 10′ tablet, it would be awesome

  • David Ellison

    Is android 4.4 gonna be available