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Random Google 7-inch “Tablet” Shows Up at FCC With NVIDIA Chip, Tiny LG Battery


While we were busy flying around the country last week, checking out the new goodies from Samsung and Motorola, a reader of ours noticed that a “7-inch tablet” that is “powered by NVIDIA Tegra” and running an LG battery, stopped by the FCC under Google’s ID. The device is odd, to say the least.

The device falls under FCC ID A4R-NX74751, in case you want to go digging through the listing. It features some sort of NVIDIA Tegra chip, global roaming with LTE (bands 2, 4, 5, 7, and 17), and an LG-made battery that only weighs in at 2,480mAh. 

So what is it? Well, your guess is as good as ours. Maybe it is really a phone instead of a tablet? That battery is so small for a tablet. For example, the current Nexus 7 (2013) has a 3,950mAh battery and the brand new Moto X has a 2,300mAh battery. How could Google, LG and NVIDIA team up to produce a tablet that has a battery with 2/3 of the capacity of the previous Nexus 7?

The whole situation is odd and we really aren’t sure what to make of it.

We’ll see what else we can dig up. In the mean time, feel free to weigh in.

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Via:  FCC
Cheers Justin!
  • TedPhillips

    first thought was tango. but my money’s on it actually being an android auto headunit.

    primarily because of the code name, and higher voltage battery specs.

    that said, i’m just catching up on the coverage now.

  • yummy

    I love the smell of random numbers in the morning.

  • skinja99

    This article should probably be updated…..it doesn’t have a tiny battery. It has a medium battery. Just the voltage is higher, so the current*hours are lower.

  • Gary Graf

    Android One tablet?

  • Toasted_Cracker

    Project Tangy Ta Ta’s

  • sypher

    Why do i keep getting this annoying whatsapp ad

    • Diablo81588

      Same thing was happening to me when I was in mexico. Frustrating as hell.

  • Cael

    NEXUS 5 2014!

  • Guest

    $1024 – Project Tango Kit – The kit comes with a 7-inch tablet which packs an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE and 4G LTE. It also includes a motion tracking camera and integrated depth sensing. The tablet will also receive updates “as the software algorithms and APIs evolve.”

    Google points out that these devices are not geared at consumers and will “be available in limited quantities” when they go on sale later this year for US$1024. In the meantime, you can sign up now to receive further notifications about the development kit.

    • Joshua D.

      What exactly is the point of them? I have a hard the understanding.

      • Carrie

        Project Tango is for 3D mapping in real-time. From google:

        >>What could I do with it?

        >>What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building? What if the visually-impaired could navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places? What if you could search for a product and see where the exact shelf is located in a super-store?

        >>Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character, or transforming the hallways into a tree-lined path. Imagine competing against a friend for control over territories in your home with your own miniature army, or hiding secret virtual treasures in physical places around the world?

  • skinja99

    Look at the voltage, not just the mAH

    • skinja99

      7.6 x 2.4 = 18.24 Wh

      The S4 is 3.8V x 2.6 = 9.88 Wh

      So this tablet has a battery with twice the energy of the S4

  • Seth

    Given the model number it is clearly experimenting with something new…http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/USS_Yellowstone_(NX-74751)

  • mcdonsco

    Ha! You think that battery is small for a tablet, I think its small for a phone!

  • David

    Stolen from G+….

    “The mah rating seems misleading because most devices are run with a 4.2v battery. Look up ohms law to understand that as voltage increases, the mah ‘rating’ decreases just because of the math (it’s output capacity at the voltage) but the physical capacity does not. When battery capacity is given, it should always given at a specified voltage such as 500 mah @ 4.2 volts. The mah rating itself is a useless number without knowing a specified voltage. 

    That being said, this thing is actually packing one HELL of a battery, but will more than likely require a specific, high voltage or amperage charger to charge it, or it will charge incredibly slowly, or not at all. ”

    • jimt

      The normal 5 volt charger will not work. Probably 9v or 12v.

      • skinja99

        yes it would. You would just have to have a DC booster inside the phone.

    • Thanks for sharing, that’s interesting. I didn’t know that about mah. Will keep my eye on this one for sure.

  • Phillies3429

    So a lower capacity battery than my phone? Interesting.

    • jimt

      No it’s bigger much more power.

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    If this is a new Nexus tablet, I hoped they would go bigger like everyone is doing with phones, and release an 8″ tablet.

    • mcdonsco

      I think the size of my N7 is PERFECT for what I use it for (web browsing, email, reading books etc).

  • morgan boyle

    I could see this being a dedicated music, movies, home automaton controller.

  • JSo

    Maybe instead of going for a bigger battery, they came up with some magical way to make a smaller battery last longer.

  • Kane

    Maybe its an e-reader. Samsung partnered with Barnes and Noble Nook recently

  • Suicide_Note

    In a stunning move, Google is manufacturing the new iPad Air.

    • Maxim∑

      not sure what that joke meant

      But iPad Air has outstanding battery life, pretty fanboyish comment you made

      • Suicide_Note

        What’s fanboyish about joking that Google is making their competitor’s next tablet? I never said or implied anything about battery life. I’d say it was a pretty dumbass-ish comment you made. No surprise there, however.

  • Andrew

    project tango

  • hkklife

    My guess? A Nexus 7 refresh based on the recent Shield Tablet. OR, more likely, the first Android One tablet (not meant to be released domestically) for emerging markets. Something like a reworked, reduced-cost Nexus 7 2012 (powered by a Tegra 3 or 4) and designed to sell for ~$100?

    Aren’t the first Android One devices supposed to be announced in a week or so?

  • Hey Kellen, this is Project Tango (I think the dev kit). Unfortunately, not a Nexus 7 🙁

  • jimt

    The voltage is twice what a nexus 7 is so the power of the battery is about double the mah rating. It has twice the power at 7.6 volts. P=IV

    • Fatty Bunter

      This will get overlooked everywhere. Great catch.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Can’t be a tablet. I guess we’ll see eventually.

  • twiz0r

    how is 2480 1/3rd of 3950? Just sayin. Otherwise I completely agree – this makes no sense as a tablet, so hmmmm

    • Meant two thirds. 😛

      • jimt

        Kellen the power of the battery is double what you think because of the higher voltage.

  • zwrose

    Something to live in the car, where the battery could be more of a backup than anything? Just speculating…

    • Arie Hoogendoorn


    • Jerry Gooch

      That’s what I was thinking. However, I feel a tegra chip is too powerful for an android auto device. Considering it functions almost like android wear relying on the phone to push info to it. Seems like overkill.

    • Fatty Bunter

      This battery has the same available energy as a standard 3.6V battery at 4960mAh. Power (energy per time) = Current * Voltage. This is why judging battery life on mAh (a measurement of current) alone is misleading.

  • Tyler Durden

    Don’t even bother releasing it with a 2400mAh battery.