EVGA Tegra Note 7 Android 4.3 Tablet Review

Introduction and Specifications

NVIDIA officially took the wraps off of its Tegra Note mobile platform a few weeks back, though rumors had been circulating for months that the company was designing its own tablet. If you’re unfamiliar with the Tegra Note, it’s a 7”, Android-based tablet, powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 SoC. Beyond that, the Tegra Note also marks NVIDIA’s second foray into the consumer electronics market, with an in-house designed product; NVIDIA's SHIELD was the first. With the Tegra Note 7, however, NVIDIA is following a similar model to its graphics card business. NVIDIA designed the Tegra Note reference platform, but it is up to its retail partners to market, sell and support the devices.

We’ve got a retail-ready EVGA Tegra Note 7 in house and will give you the goods on the pages ahead. Unlike some earlier previews you may have seen already, however, we’ve updated the device to the just-released, official Android 4.3 OTA, so what you see on the pages ahead is exactly what you can expect should you pick up one of these tablets when they become available again (the first batch sold out right away)...

The EVGA Tegra Note 7

EVGA Tegra Note 7 Android Tablet
Specifications & Features
EVGA Tegra Note 7
  • First 7-inch tablet to feature the NVIDIA Tegra 4
  • Quad-core, plus a 5th battery-saver core
  • Features a 72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU
  • 7” 1280x800 IPS display
NVIDIA DirectStylus
  • Patented stylus system allows for highly sensitive variable stroke width
  • 3x more responsive than other available stylus solutions
  • Only chisel-tip stylus on the market
  • Intuitive note taking, annotation, capturing, and sharing
  • Edit PDFs: write, save, share
  • Full lasso selection for easy editing
  • Grab images in any app, and easily share
  • Stylus support, plus finger and palm recognition
NVIDIA Chimera
  • 5 MP Rear Camera, VGA Front Camera
  • Computational photography for Always-On HDR
  • World’s first HDR camera in a tablet: Capture exactly what your eye sees
  • Tap-to-Track: Choose any object to track so it’s in focus when you’re ready to take the shot
  • Slow-motion: Gear down the action for drama and effect
  • Display processing, which modulates the display backlight and per-pixel color values to extend battery life up to 40%
NVIDIA PureAudio
  • Front facing stereo speakers with a bass reflex port for true stereo sound
  • Extended frequency response 380-12 kHz – compared to typical 800-5 kHz range
  • Premium Tegra 4 audio processing for louder, cleaner, richer sound
NVIDIA TegraZone
  • One-stop shop for enhanced Tegra HD games
  • Enjoy HD Tegra gaming on your big-screen TV via HDMI
  • Compatibility with Built for NVIDIA Tegra wireless game controllers means console-quality gaming is available through the tablet
100% Android
  • Uncluttered, up-to-date, synchronized app and profile support across Android devices
  • Full Google Mobile Services (GMS) and over the air (OTA) updates
  • Full Google Play certification
Additional Specs:
  • 16GB storage + MicroSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • 4100 mAh battery for up to 10 hours HD video playback
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • GPS, 9-axis motion with gyro, accelerometer, compass
  • Micro HDMI to connect to HDTV
  • Ambient Light sensor for backlight control
  • USB 2.0
  • 1GB RAM

The EVGA Tegra Note 7 Box and Bundle

The EVGA Tegra Note 7 doesn’t ship with many accessories in its box. Included with the tablet itself (which has its stylus attached), you’ll find a basic quick start guide and a micro-USB charger. There is no case or pouch included, or any NVIDIA specific values add-ons. Considering the Note 7’s sub-$200 price point, however, we weren’t expecting much to see many bundled items thrown in, really.

EVGA does offer a couple of accessories for the Note 7. There is a smart cover available for $29.99 and a pro stylus for $19.99. The smart cover doubles as a stand and the pro stylus offers a 2mm tip, variable stroke thickness, an eraser feature.

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