NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 with LTE to launch in Q2 for $299, Wi-Fi model now updating to Android 4.4.2Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Last year, NVIDIA teamed up with EVGA to launch the Tegra Note 7, a 7-inch Android tablet with a quad-core Tegra 4 chip and stylus. The only connectivity option that the Tegra Note 7 offers is Wi-Fi, meaning that anyone interested in taking their Tegra tablet online while on the go is out of luck. NVIDIA today announced that that'll soon change, though, as the company is prepping a 4G LTE version of its 7-inch slate.
The Tegra Note 7 with cellular connectivity will begin rolling out around the globe, including regions like North America and Japan, starting in the second quarter. The slate will be priced at $299.99, a $100 premium over the Wi-Fi-only model. The list of specs that buyers will be getting in exchange for their three Benjamins is as follows:
- 7-inch 1280x800 display
- Quad-core Tegra 4 processor
- NVIDIA i500 modem
- 5-megapixel rear, VGA front camera
- 16GB storage with microSD slot
- Front-facing "HD Audio" speakers
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- 4G LTE, HSPA+ connectivity
- LTE - U.S.: LTE 700/850/1700/1900/2600MHz (Bands 2, 4, 5, 17, 7), HSPA+: 850/1900/2100 (Bands 1, 2, 5), EDGE
- LTE - EU: LTE: 800/1800/2600MHz (Bands 3, 7, 20), HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100 (Bands 1, 2, 5, 8), EDGE
- 3G (non-LTE markets): HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100MHZ (Bands 1, 2, 5, 8), EDGE+Voice
NVIDIA also announced today that its original, Wi-Fi-only Tegra Note 7 is now receiving an update to Android 4.4.2. Along with the usual goodies that come along with a bump to KitKat, NVIDIA has thrown in Gamepad Mapper support, which enables touch-only Android games to work with a physical Bluetooth controller.
While it's always technically been possible to get the Wi-Fi-only Tegra Note 7 online while out and about using a mobile hotspot, some folks prefer the convenience of having a tablet with built-in cellular connectivity, so it's nice to see NVIDIA offering that option with its Tegra Note 7. It's also great that the company is loading the latest version of Android onto both the Wi-Fi and LTE models of the Tegra Note 7 tablet. After all, who wants stale KitKats?