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

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:


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.



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17 Comments

1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1824; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

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

5. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

8. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 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).

15. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

16. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

2. JRVdGREAT

Posts: 1; Member since: May 23, 2012

oh yeah!!!!

3. wendygarett unregistered

R.I.P iPad

4. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Too early to say.

6. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

9. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

11. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Why on earth would you want to REMOVE a feature?

12. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 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.

13. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

14. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 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?

17. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

10. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

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

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