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EVGA NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Review - $199 Tegra 4 Tablet

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: EVGA

Performance Testing and Battery Life

The benchmarks and performance results should be predictable for us since the SoC on the Tegra Note 7 is basically the same as the SHIELD – the only difference is a 100 MHz clock speed advantage for the SHIELD.  Let’s look a few quick tests.

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**Update: After speaking with NVIDIA they seem to believe that our SHIELD result for 3DMark Unlimited is lower than it should be. I ran these tests 3 times to verify results but once I return back to the office I'll be checking the SHIELD for discrepancies. 

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Basemark X and Sunspider JS are showing exactly what I expected to see – very slight performance advantages to the SHIELD over the new Note 7 platform.  However, the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited result, which is supposed to take resolution and Vsync out of the equation, shows a sizeable advantage for the Tegra Note 7 for some reason.  This could be OS related, but we’ve put in a request to NVIDIA for clarification. 

BrowserMark also gives the nod to the Tegra Note 7 but by a much smaller delta.

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Please excuse our battery life testing as we were only able to run it on the Nexus 7 and Note 7 as we recently changed things around on our setup for the test.  The results should be much more accurate though we didn’t have a chance to run it on more devices yet. 

The Tegra Note 7 definitely is at a disadvantage here pulling in nearly 8 hours of wireless browsing battery life, while the Nexus 7 was able to extend over 11 hours.

November 12, 2013 | 10:31 AM - Posted by willmore (not verified)

This looks pretty nice! The performance is well better than I was expecting. I don't know much about the tests that were run, but are they screen resolution independent?

For me, the improved audio isn't at all a feature as I almost always listen to my tablet over BT. But, I can see how that would be a nice feature--especially for a low end tablet.

But, the lower screen resolution is the largest downside. The screen of the N7/2013 is wonderful.

I'm still trying to figure out why anyone would buy the Samsung tablet.

November 12, 2013 | 01:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

But, the lower screen resolution is the largest downside. The screen of the N7/2013 is wonderful.

Again, it goes back to price. I wish people would stop harping on that.

December 3, 2013 | 10:11 AM - Posted by Frank Bales (not verified)

It's the same as last year's Nexus 7 which everyone raved about. No, it's not the best anymore, but still a good display.

November 12, 2013 | 07:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

One site in the U.S. with more details on the new Tegra Note is TabletSprint -- and they add in premium bonus games and free 4G monthly internet access with 500MB of data use.

November 12, 2013 | 11:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This EVGA Nvidia Note 7 tablet is a killer!! Check out the full review right here!!

November 12, 2013 | 03:04 PM - Posted by Robert23655124 (not verified)

The built in stylus is a nice touch, price is solid too, I've already got 2 tablets, so I'm not in for this generation.

But if this is the angle they are taking I'll strongly consider it in the future :)

November 12, 2013 | 03:05 PM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

1280x800? This is a total non starter! Especially when the Nexus 7 (2013) is the same price. Then there's the rooted Kindle HDX option. Good luck Nvidia.

November 14, 2013 | 03:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nexus 7 (2013) is $30 more than the Tegra note. But yes it would have been great if they included a higher res display. It beats the Nexus in all other categories (except for a few design flaws on the outside).

November 12, 2013 | 03:23 PM - Posted by pdjblum

The tegra 4 soc seems to be faster than other leading mobile soc's. Yes, the battery life suffers. Is this why we are not seeing the tegra 4 soc in more mobile devices?

November 12, 2013 | 03:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Are the test run at native resolution or fixed ?

The devices don't have same resolution so you might want to clarify how the test were run.

November 12, 2013 | 04:25 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Most are running at a fixed resolution.  For example, 3DMark Unlimited is running at a fixed resolution to make the results directly comparable.  

November 13, 2013 | 05:36 AM - Posted by Dr. Mouse (not verified)

I'm disappointed about the game streaming. While I appreciate that it may struggle with the lack of fast Wifi, it should still be possible (even if at a reduced resolution).

November 14, 2013 | 01:01 AM - Posted by freeloadr (not verified)

Tommy's Hardware says that this thing supports PC streaming, but I heard Mr. Shrout say otherwise on the live stream. Who's right here?

November 25, 2013 | 08:46 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

I am.  :)

No game streaming.  

November 15, 2013 | 12:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The 1200x800 is an advantage for games since they will have a better frame rate than nexus 7. I prefer the lower res as I intend to use this for tegra 4 android gaming but it must output the games to hdmi at 720p for me to get it...

December 26, 2013 | 07:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Agree !

December 5, 2013 | 11:08 AM - Posted by Frank Bales (not verified)

I originally thought the cover was included, but it's not. Another $29.99. Seems a bit steep for a cover.

December 26, 2013 | 07:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The stylus and the Tegra 4 did it for me !

December 30, 2013 | 01:29 PM - Posted by aparsh335i (not verified)

Hey Ryan,
If someone were to buy a USB Wifi dongle that supported 2x2 would it be able to stream?

February 21, 2014 | 12:43 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Tegra Note 7 users should update.

March 15, 2014 | 03:21 AM - Posted by martin clukey (not verified)

hello guys i love Sony Tablet and i have sony tablet now my friend want to buy new tablet but i am confused between Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 vs Archos 101 Platinum
and i compare both tablet
but i am not tech geek someone please suggest which one is best

March 31, 2014 | 06:28 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

those two are simply BAD. tegra note 7 is the best. Other alternatives are nexus 7 and kindle fire hdx.

June 16, 2014 | 10:09 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Everyone shut up about the display. I have a 50$ no name tablet with 800*480(183ppi) display which is absolutely gorgeous for movies and gaming. 800P display on tegra note 7 should be KILLER for the price. The lower the resulation, the better the framerates in gaming.

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