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Leaked Photos Hit the Web of NVIDIA’s Tegra Tab

Tegra Tab

Recently, a device branded the Tegra Tab was pictured and thrown onto the web, but there has been no word from NVIDIA that they are working on such a device. It has been reported for some time that NVIDIA would be looking into contracting out hardware (tablets included) to make sure that their new Tegra processors were hitting the market, but nothing official ever came from that. NVIDIA lost the bid to have their Tegra 4 processor power the new Nexus 7, which instead features a chipset made by Qualcomm. Unfortunately, that has been a sad move by Google, as Qualcomm has been very stingy about releasing factory images for the device. 

Tegra Tab

No exact specs are currently known for the Tegra Tab, but we would say it is safe to assume it will feature a Tegra chip, most likely the Tegra 4. The Tegra 4 has yet to hit the market in a major way, and currently only a handful of tablets and the SHIELD portable gaming console feature the processor. From the photos, we can see that the tablet does feature a back-facing camera, and even a slot for a possible stylus in the top left corner.

But will it ever hit the States? Recently, NVIDIA filed for the trademark, Tegra Tab, so it is possible that we could see this in America sometime in the future. We will keep you posted.

Via: The Verge

  • WickedToby741

    Ok, take a look at the Otterbox case for the original Nexus 7 and then take a look at this.

  • James Hill

    They should have released this instead of SHIELD.

    • WickedToby741

      Looks like they’re releasing this in addition to Shield. Shield is no doubt a niche product, but targeting the dedicated gamers is not a bad idea. This is most definitely a more mass market effort though.

      While I like the performance we’re seeing from Snapdragon as of recent, it is disappointing that Nvidia hasn’t gotten any big design wins this year. They didn’t get the design win for the new Nexus 7 and Qualcomm looks likely to replace TI in the Kindles. Surface RT might as well not even exist.

      Nvidia needed a big design win to bring in more revenue and more widespread recognition so they could continue to invest and develop their lineup. Guess developing their own tablet is their solution to that problem. I think what has hurt Nvidia and Intel most is the lack of a good LTE solution. They need to both get it together. Competition is good.

      • renz

        the very reason why tegra 4 was late to the market was nvidia decision to speed up the integration of soft based modem into tegra. they know it is hard to compete with qualcomm because of lack of modem inside their chip. the next tegra should have integrated modem in it. to me it seems nvidia purposely sacrifice tegra 4.

  • Windows?

    Stylus storage spot?
    Oh please oh please, dual boot Windows and Android so I can use OneNote with the pen for work then switch to Android for entertainment.

  • Finire

    Hmm… I’m interested. Almost enough to consider leaving the transformer line from ASUS…. But I do like my ASUS products….

    • WickedToby741

      I think if Nvidia sold this as a Google experience device like the GPE phones it would be awesome, although I don’t know if stock Android has the required stylus support but it wouldn’t be absurd to say that Nvidia could add that in and still sell it as a Google experience device. To me that just makes the most sense with updates anyways, i.e. working directly with Google to deliver the updates.

  • starnovsky

    I think it’s a great idea for Nvidia to build it’s own tablet. Maybe we’ll be able to show Tegra 4 full potential. Because recent Toshiba’s Tegra 4 tablet is … underwhelming.

    • guest1110

      alotta these OEMs make SoC’s look bad with poor release products. Toshiba is one…

      • xpyroxcorex

        i honestly think it is the oems being lazy and not optimizing software for hardware, but if nvidia makes it, i feel they will optimize it like it should be. ive heard terrible things about tegra 4 tablets but amazing things about the shield.

    • michael arazan

      I hope the build a controller that is set up and dedicated for the tablet, I would love OEM’s to start making controllers for their tablets with software that is optimized to run with the games.


    I see a stylus hole :O

  • Tyler Durden

    Qualcomm is the leader now. Hope we don’t see any tegra anytime soon.

    • starnovsky

      I hope we’ll see many amazing CPUs from many many vendors anytime soon

    • mostKnownUnknown

      Intel has been the leader on the desktop/laptop side since the Conroe/Core2 days and got really ahead of AMD with the Sandy Bridge arc. And what happens? Intel makes small incremental updates (Ivy Bridge and Haswell) and never drops prices.

      I want Nvidia to do respectably well, if for anything to drive competition to the space. So I’m glad to see that they are still trying to make compelling chips instead of bowing out like Texas Instruments. Competition at least pressures innovation, lower prices and open systems. Otherwise, Qualcomm and sit on their lead, due small incremental updates and do things like not release their factory images. With AMD and Intel trying to drive the APU and Atom down to the less than 1 watt power area, I hope the next few years, we have solid options. And options are almost always good.

      • Asmodai

        You seem to forget that Samsung and Apple make SoCs as well. Even if nVidia dropped out (which I don’t want them to do either) it wouldn’t allow QualComm to relax. IBM just opened up the Power architecture to licensing, Imagination Technology (people behind PowerVR) just bought the MIPS CPU technology so they can make their own SoC’s. Intel is trying to get into the phone market with their upcoming Merrifield processors. There is plenty of competition even without Texas Instruments and nVidia.

        • mostKnownUnknown

          Except that both Samsung and Apple won’t license out their chip products to anyone else. There’s no real compelling high end cell phone chip option outside of Qualcomm for the HTC, Motorola and everyone else until Nvidia gets their act together with the Tegra lineup. If they can show of the Tegra 4 capabilities with their own product, that might change more OEMs minds.

          Personally, I’m more interested in who Nvidia plans to license Kepler out to. Samsung big-little with Kepler would be interesting. Hell I’ll take 1 watt Silvermont Atom with Kepler. The next few years will be quite interesting for us chip guys and I’m all for it.

          • Asmodai

            Apple won’t license out their chips, true. Samsung however, as of now, doesn’t have their own technology to license. The chips they make have ARM licensed reference designed CPUs which are open to others to license and the GPUs are either ARM licensed Mali or Imagination Technology licensed PowerVR (again, open for others to license). Intel is more likely to get it’s act together than nVidia, I see no signs currently that indicate Tegra will catch up.

            I agree however that nVidia licensing their GPU tech out is VERY interesting but my comment was about Tegra specifically not nVidia in general so it’s irrelevent. Tegra stinks, licensed Kepler does not but licensed Kepler is not Tegra. Heck maybe we’ll see people making IBM Power8 based SoC’s with nVidia Kepler GPUs, who knows. The next few years will indeed be quite interesting but it’s not because of the specific line of products known as Tegra.

    • kixofmyg0t

      I want AMD to enter the market.

      • WickedToby741

        We don’t really need another entrant to the market, we need Intel and Nvidia to get their act together with LTE. Qualcomm is able to secure all of these design wins because they’re the only one who has a decent solution for LTE.

  • Rob

    When you say top left I’m guessing you mean OUR top left when facing the rear of the tablet in the first picture? So it would be – top right of rear of the tablet when operating?

    Just wanted to make sure you were referring to that sliver of black in that corner, because the other corner is obvious it’s micro USB, HDMI, and headphone. Interesting if it does come with a Stylus and we’re not all being deceived (or over thinking what it could be).

    • Since the photo is obviously of that perspective, then it would make sense to describe it from that perspective (even if they fail to call it out). So yes, they obviously mean the notch that looks exactly like a stylus slot that’s in the top left corner of the photo.

      • Rob

        I only asked for a clarification because there is a close up of the OTHER corner showing the ports and when someone says the top left of a tablet I think of a tablet in my head FACING me with the screen towards me.

        Yes there is a photo with that perspective but that is assuming the author is using the same perspective that no one uses when describing a tablet in their hands (which in this case, I know it’s not in someone’s hands).

        • Right, but the perspective on the other corner makes a “top left” impossible to determine. My point was merely that the author was clearly looking at the top image while writing, and the top image very clearly shows what looks like a stylus slot, so there’s no way the author was confusing a microphone jack on the other side for one.

  • Joshua Bailey

    Not a fan of this.

  • Asmodai

    Not a fan of Tegra at all. They always seem to be one step behind. First they lacked NEON then no integrated radio option now the Tegra 4 doesn’t support OpenGL ES 3.0. By the time they get Tegra 5 “Logan” out with a great GPU everyone else will probably be launching their ARMv8 64bit SoCs. I’ll stick with QualComm, they seem to stay ahead of the curve.

    • Rob

      Gotta give them a tiny bit of credit, I mean they went from video cards to mobile processors just a couple years ago, right? Qualcomm has been doing this for a long, long, long time. I think nVidia will get it right… eventually. But I will say the Shield is a fantastic device.

      • Asmodai

        Well in their defense I think they’re doing much better than AMD. “Logan” does look very good but it looks good NOW and that’s the problem. They’re going in the right direction they just seem to get there a little later. By Q2 2014 when Logan comes out I think ARMv8 SoCs will start hitting the market and they’ll be behind again. They’ve got their own in the pipes with “Project Denver” and Parker but it’s not due out till 2015. I’ll be SHOCKED if QualComm, Apple, Samsung, etc. don’t get ARMv8 SoCs out by the end of 2014. Always one step behind.

    • Freedoooom

      Name a OpenGL ES 3.0 game on Android.

      • Rauel Crespo

        GL Quake!!! ….wait, what year is it?

      • Asmodai

        Android just added support for it in v4.3 and there aren’t exactly a ton of devices running 4.3 yet. We’re talking about a yet to be released piece of hardware though so it’s not exactly a good thing to have hardware you haven’t even released yet that doesn’t support features already released in the OS.

        If you buy a tablet I presume you don’t replace them every year or two (unlike phones) so not having hardware support for a major API is a pretty big deal. If the software doesn’t support it you at least have hope for an update to fix it. Tegra 4 doesn’t support OpenGL ES 3.0, no update will fix that.

        • Freedoooom

          That’s like saying you should buy a 8500 over a 7800 GTX because the 8500 has DX10.

          Just because it supports it doesn’t mean it will run it well.

          • Asmodai

            Right, because everyone is complaining about how poor the QualComm SoCs are and celebrating how great the Tegra SoCs are.

          • guest1110

            I’ve tried both, both chips eat battery the same. I’ve got a RAZR M using SnapDragon, and that thing eats battery. and in some cases even my older RAZR MAXX is faster, and that’s on a 45nm process A9. While my RAZR M is on a 28nm Krait. Games on Tegra devices run smoother too, and i don’t have to use Chainfire.

    • renz

      honestly i’ve been wondering what chip will directly succeed snapdaragon 800. will we see device based on it in Q1 2014?

  • The Shield is pretty fluid. I’m interested to see what they can do with a full size tablet.

    • Jonathan Bunch

      Maybe it will be base for nexus 10

      • Eric

        Hope not, never had a good experience with a tegra chip set. Snapdragon 800 sounds real good.

        • PhoenixPath

          ….unless you want factory images.

          • Eric

            I care about performance and tegra doesn’t perform from what I’ve seen.

          • Freedoooom

            You’ve seen wrong. Performs the same as the MSM8974.

          • Tuấn Ankh

            Do you have an Asus tablet with Tegra chip? If you do, there is no surprise. I have an Asus TF300T and it sucks. It’s more like Asus’ fault.
            The Tegra 3 on the Surface RT runs very well.

      • Tyler Durden

        They are focused on Microsoft surface 2.