Tegra 3 Android tablets to cost as low as $199?
Remember the 7-inch tablet that Nvidia teased at CES earlier this year? The Tegra 3-powered device that was supposed to cost $249? It could turn out to be more affordable than we thought.
According to The New York Times, Nvidia's head honcho, Jen-Hsun Huang, indicated that the company is working on lowering the cost of its latest Tegra 3 processors. He also hinted that Android tablets will go for $199 by the second half of the year.
Though the quad-core Tegra 3 processor is currently found on the Asus Transformer Prime and will be featured in a number of upcoming smartphones from LG and HTC, these devices are high-end products that cost much more than $199.
However, there have been recent reports that Google is planning to launch a 7-inch tablet this year. It's said to be built by Asus and will cost between $149 and $199. If this device is indeed the same tablet shown at CES, it will certainly be an attractive proposition.
Amazon's Kindle Fire has shown that there is a market for inexpensive slates, but critics have contended that its budget-class hardware and customized Android-based OS don't give the best user experience. However, a Google Nexus tablet powered by the capable Tegra 3 processor would be a different story.
(Source: Crave Asia)