NVIDIA Updates Tegra Note 7 with LTE model, KitKat 4.4.2

Subject: Mobile | February 21, 2014 - 06:00 AM |
Tagged: tegra note 7, tegra 4, nvidia, LTE, i500

In November of last year NVIDIA and some of its partners around the world released the Tegra Note 7, a 7-in tablet that was powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 4 SoC.  I posted a review of the unit on its launch and found that the Note 7 offered some impressive features including a high quality screen, stylus input and high performance graphics for a cost of just $199.  Users that were looking for a budget priced Android tablet that didn't skimp on features found a perfect home with the Tegra Note 7.

In preparation for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, NVIDIA is announcing a new model of the Tegra Note 7 that adds an LTE modem.  The appropriately named Tegra Note 7 LTE still includes the full performance Tegra 4 SoC but adds to it the NVIDIA i500 software LTE modem that enables support for the LTE and HSPA+ bands in the US.  That means you can expect support on AT&T and T-Mobile networks.  This is NOT the Tegra 4i SoC that integrates the i500 controller directly on die; this integration is two distinct chips.

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The rest of the specifications of the Tegra Note 7 LTE remain the same as the previous model.  A 7-in 1280x800 resolution screen, front facing stereo speakers, front and rear cameras, chisel and brush tipped stylus and more.  The price of this new model will be $299 and it should be available "in the 2nd quarter."  That is a $100 markup over the current Tegra Note 7 that is WiFi only.  The Google Nexus 7 only has an $80 premium for the LTE-enabled option.

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Also announced with the Tegra Note 7 LTE is the availability of the 4.4.2 KitKat Android update for all Tegra Note 7 devices.  Along with the Android OS tweaks and updates you'll get support for the NVIDIA Gamepad Mapper to enable touch-based games to work on an attached controller.

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Another solid OS update for existing Tegra Note 7 devices and LTE data support in a new model perk up the NVIDIA tablet line quite a bit.  With MWC kicking into high gear in the next few days I am sure we will see numerous new competitors in this 7-in tablet market though so we'll have to hold judgement on the Note 7's continued placement in the market.

February 21, 2014 | 06:25 AM - Posted by Willmore (not verified)

Headline says 4.2.2 not 4.4.2.

February 21, 2014 | 06:59 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Oops, fixed, thanks!

February 21, 2014 | 07:41 AM - Posted by mAxius

so nvidia can not sell their mobile processors to anyone so they make something to use them thus making world = dog in the oem and odm space to not pick their chips for their respective products as they dont want the competition

February 21, 2014 | 09:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nvidia I hope you have not gone all in with Android only, or for that matter any OS on a mobile device that is for consumption only, better get the Tegra K1 in a tablet device that can Run a full Linux distro, and has the ability to run Android applications, just include a full linux distro that has a Dalvik VM, after all that's what android is, on top of the Linux kernel. You want K1s in many devices, get some that come with the Steam OS as a pre-install, but do not saddle the K1 into just consumption OS based devices, because the K1 was advertised as having the full desktop versions of OpenGL, openCL, etc. Any Tablet running a full linux distro, and able to run the full desktop versions of the graphics drivers should be able to work fine with desktop applications and, it should be much easier to have these full desktop application ported to the device! A low cost graphics oriented tablet, running a full linux distro, would give the K1 more design wins, than just simple consumption devices alone.

February 21, 2014 | 02:43 PM - Posted by renz (not verified)

win RT?

February 21, 2014 | 03:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Win RT will make any device a skateboard(wheels and trucks sold separately), but not much more, and the devices that come with it are MonkeyBoyed to only work with RT! Consume that!

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