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Nvidia to release a premium tablet powered by Tegra 5 SoC, working on 2nd-gen Surface
Word on the street says Nvidia is developing one or maybe even two tablets that will be released early next year. At least one of the slates is rumored to be a high-end unit powered by the company’s own Tegra 5 SoC codenamed Logan.
Update: Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has confirmed they are working together with Microsoft to develop second-generation Surface tablets. Microsoft has declined to comment, but we now know they are coming for sure.
Nvidia’s Tegra 5 is said to the first mobile chip based on the company’s Kepler architecture. This is the same architecture that powers Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 600 and 700-series graphics cards for desktops. A version of Kepler, albeit much less powerful than a desktop card, could certainly boost mobile graphics performance to levels we have yet to see.
A self-branded tablet would certainly be a change of pace for Nvidia as they have relied on partners like Asus and Microsoft to build devices around their Tegra processors thus far. It’s not entirely out of the question, however, as evident by Nvidia’s recent experiment with the Shield portable gaming console.
In a related bit of news, another site believes Nvidia may be preparing to release a 7-inch tablet sooner than next year. Tabtech.de points to a results listing from a graphics benchmarking website for a device labeled the Nvidia Tegra Note Premium. It’s said to use a 1,280 x 800 resolution display powered by a Tegra 4 processor, all running Android 4.2.2.
Rumors aside, it’s a bit surprising that Nvidia hasn’t released any branded hardware to date. It’s already a crowded market but the company likely has the talent and resources to produce a solid product.
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 has a 10.1-inch LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) ISP screen with scratch-resistant glass, a 178° viewing angle, and 10-finger multitouch support. Wireless connectivity includes email@example.comGHz and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. The TF300 uses a 22Wh Li-polymer battery that is said to provide 10 hours of operating time. It also carries various sensors including a G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, and GPS.
The Microsoft Surface Pro offers the flexibility of a Windows 8-based tablet as well as an ultrabook-like computer. The Surface Pro is powered by a Core i5 with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, and a miniDisplayPort. It also comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus with palm-rejection technology that magnetically clips to the charging port, and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display instead of the 1366 x 768 variety on the ARM-based model.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
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