Nvidia to release a premium tablet powered by Tegra 5 SoC, working on 2nd-gen Surface

By on August 8, 2013, 4:15 PM

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.

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tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Typo there it's The operating system is the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version is used. Not Android 2.2.2 Froyo is older. These faster tablets they have now come with hefty price tag as well Nothing wrong with Tegra2 with 1GB of RAM I still using my 2x Toshiba Thrive Tablets both with 16GB of IS (internal storage) and 16GB Class 10 for ES (external storage) which is max out at 32GB. hefty enough if I need to go that high. Most of what I do is on my NAS and Box.com enough storage on both.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

And just how much power will such solution consume? NVidia is known for hungry products, which isn't welcome in the mobile market.

Last I saw them flogging Tegra 4 and then going quiet for a while - either busy counting the money from sales or because it didn't sell at all,...I didn't care much which it was. But something tells me they are not doing well in that segment, hence the quick jumps to the next generation.

How long before they get it right though? Remains to be seen...

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

You got software and hardware glitches. Might never get it right in the end. But they'll give it a try though.

JC713 JC713 said:

It stinks that nVidias mobile chip division took a hit this quarter. They have to gain the edge over Snapdragon.

MrAnderson said:

My concern with tablets these days is being able to get the latest upgrade in Android. This kind of is the part that sucks as we are at the mercy of the manufacturers to update the software. I'm used to having that control and I still don't like giving it up. There is one main positive owning an Apple device; you know you are going to get the latest version of iOS until the bottom is falling out of your old ares hardware.

Nevertheless, I would look forward to more options. Nvidia does have the software engineering prowess to keep the OS up-to-date too.

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