NVIDIA is adding its i500 LTE modem and 4G LTE cellular connection to its Tegra Note 7. The company is also expanding the 7-inch Android tablet's availability, bringing it over the next few months to Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine.
Armed with the Tegra 4 processor, the Tegra Note 7 runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat platform, and includes a stylus. Now, it's additionally available with LTE and HSPA+ mobile connectivity, and can operate on various carriers across the world. Users can now access to the web, check maps, and play videos anywhere, by purchasing a minimum data plan from their carriers.
NVIDIA's cellular LTE modem chipset, its fifth-gen i500 processor, leverages a unique software-defined radio technology, delivering new capabilities via software without requiring an entirely new chipset. Also, it's only 40% the size of conventional models but owns four times the processing capability of its predecessor.
The entire Tegra Note 7 family also received an over-the-air update that enhanced the OS to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which includes support for Gamepad Mapper. Introduced previously for NVIDIA's Shield portable gaming and entertainment device, Gamepad Mapper turns touch-based Android games into ones that can be enjoyed with physical controls of a Bluetooth controller.
|Processor||Tegra 4 (with quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 72-core GeForce GPU)|
|Display||7-inch / 1,280 x 800 / HD IPS LCD display|
|Camera||Primary 5 MP, front-facing VGA webcam|
|Storage||16GB (expandable up to 32GB with microSD)|
|Audio||Front-facing HD Audio stereo speakers with a unique bass-reflex port|
|Stylus||Chisel and Brush tips for natural writing and broad strokes|
|Peripherals||Micro HDMI connector|
|OS||Android 4.4.2 KitKat|
|Software Updates||Over-the-air software updates directly from NVIDIA|
|Battery Life||Up to 10 hours of HD video playback|
The Tegra Note 7 LTE will be priced from US$299, and will roll out in selected regions starting Q2 2014.