Rumors of an Nvidia-branded tablet aren’t new but we now have some solid evidence that such a slate exists thanks to the FCC. A device dubbed the Tegra TAB (or Tegra NOTE) recently passed through the FCC with a 7-inch IPS display operating at 1,280 x 800 and either a 3,200 or 4,100mAh battery.
We are able to gather the system will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 4 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz alongside 2GB of RAM and will run a stock flavor of Android Jelly Bean. There’s a front-facing HD camera, 5-megapixel rear shooter and – borrowing a page from Samsung’s Note line – a stylus. Photos also indicate two front-facing speakers.
Current rumblings suggest the slate may be limited to China but with any luck, Nvidia will feel compelled to bring it stateside and elsewhere. It’s unclear if this is the same Nvidia tablet that previously surfaced or if we are looking at an entirely different device altogether but the specs do line up perfectly with what we heard about last month.
If true, this would be the first bit of branded tablet hardware from Nvidia. They’ve previously relied on partners like Asus and Microsoft to build devices around their Tegra processors but with the Shield now in production, they’ve proven they can manufacture their own hardware to go along with the internals.
Of course, we could simply be looking at a reference tablet designed to demonstrate what the Tegra 4 is capable of.