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Nvidia unveils Kai tablet platform: Tegra 3 Android tablets for $199

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Nvidia unveils Kai tablet platform: Tegra 3 Android tablets for $199
The $199 tablet came to reality with the Amazon Kindle Fire. Kind of. It wasn’t a full fledged tablet, but more of a gateway to Amazon’s ecosystem. Half a year after its release, the industry is starting to finally prepare for the first tablets that will offer both a fully functional platform with no limitations and a reasonable price tag. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) already set the mark high with the latest Android ICS on board and a dual-core processor, but now Nvidia is unveiling something even better - the Kai tablet platform that will bring quad-core Tegra 3 into the $199 price zone.

Nvidia’s chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang spoke about nearly two months ago promising the first cheap Tegra 3 tablets this summer. But while we didn’t have the details then, now VP Rob Csonger lifted the cover off the idea to bring Tegra 3 to the masses:

Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we've developed called Kai. So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that's inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we've developed to reduce the power that's used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet.

So far, this seems like a reference platform and the slide shown below clearly reminds us of the Asus ME370T, a Tegra 3 tablet carrying a $250 price tag. Will this be the first device with the new Kai platform? We can only guess until the summer. Coincidentally, that’s exactly when Google’s Nexus tablet is supposed to come out as well, so stay tuned.


Nvidia unveils Kai tablet platform: Tegra 3 Android tablets for $199

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posted on 23 May 2012, 04:28 4

1. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Cool that would be nice to get somthing higher end like for cheap.

posted on 23 May 2012, 05:50

5. Zayuh24 (Posts: 148; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


It will be low to mid end with a high end processor. It's hard to make a quality device with cameras and a beastly screen without charging an arm and a leg for it. All I want from this is a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video chatting and a microSD slot.

posted on 23 May 2012, 06:51 1

7. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


cameras only cost a few bux. they just charge for it.

Im quite happy with a camera free tablet though. Does anyone ACTUALLY use theirs? I think I've used mine like twice.

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:01 3

8. Zayuh24 (Posts: 148; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I actually do a lot of video calling with my webcam and front-facing cams, so I want a tablet that has a camera but don't want to overpay for it. Preferably, I would like a Tegra 3 tablet to play Shadowgun and Sonic 4 on, but I'm not digging the TF300's size (I like the compact, book-like 7-inchers).

posted on 23 May 2012, 18:17 2

15. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Back Cam on a tablet is close to useless. Front one is good for video calls though, and VGA should be sufficient.

posted on 23 May 2012, 19:30 2

16. Zayuh24 (Posts: 148; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


My thoughts exactly. I think you look silly taking pictures on a tablet, but video chatting is essential for me.

posted on 23 May 2012, 04:36 1

2. JRVdGREAT (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 May 2012)


oh yeah!!!!

posted on 23 May 2012, 04:37 2

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


R.I.P iPad

posted on 23 May 2012, 05:45 1

4. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Too early to say.

posted on 23 May 2012, 06:30

6. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


WOW its really good! hope it will run dual OS! Win8 and AndroidICS!! and i would be happy forever! :)

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:47 1

9. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Great reasons to save my pennies. Get rid of the rear facing camera we're in business.

posted on 23 May 2012, 11:18

11. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Why on earth would you want to REMOVE a feature?

posted on 23 May 2012, 12:39 1

12. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Really? Taking pictures on a tablet? I can understand front facing for video chat but why on Earth would you be willing to take pictures using a tablet?

The cost to build will definitely be lower and will definitely justify the $199 price. Besides, most of them are underperforming to begin with.

posted on 23 May 2012, 13:34

13. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Why on earth wouldn't you want to remove an unnecessary feature that add very little?

posted on 23 May 2012, 13:59

14. Fallout09 (Posts: 417; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Thank you…. Someone who understands that Tablets Should Not Have A Rear Facing Camera. I compare it to having a camera on your vacuum cleaner… what is the point?

posted on 23 May 2012, 19:45

17. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Camera on a vacuum cleaner would be nice. They would add $50 to the price. :p

posted on 23 May 2012, 09:11

10. robocopvn (Posts: 189; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


I think it will have only 512mb ram, and modified Terga-3 version with slower CPU and GPU

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