Nvidia has announced the Tegra Note, the ambitious “complete tablet platform” that its maker believes will be a match for the newly Snapdragon-favouring Google Nexus 7 when it touches down.
Set to cost £179.99 when it launches in the UK next month, the Tegra Note will have at its core Nvidia's latest Tegra 4 mobile chipset, complete with 72-core GeForce GPU.
It'll also feature a quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU (plus fifth battery-saver core), though you'll get just 1GB of RAM – half what the Nexus 7 has on board.
Another area where Nvidia has clearly cut costs is with the 7in IPS LCD display panel, which only comes with a resolution of 1280 x 800 rather than the full HD we're used to.
But if you're a stylus-fundi you'll be pleased to find out that the Tegra Note comes with one plus has a bunch of integrated apps and stylus-loving tech on board (in case you hadn't worked it out from the “Note” in the title).
Chuck in a micro-HDMI port, front-facing stereo speakers and a separate bass-reflex port and you've got a tablet that just about lives up to Nvidia's aim to create the ideal tablet for cash-strapped gaming fans.
Interestingly, Nvidia says the Tegra Note will ship with the “latest version of the [Android] OS”, which surely means Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but which could be a reference to Kit... nah, probably not.
As for the rest, 16GB of storage with microSD card support, 5MP and 0.3MP cameras (the former can apparently record video at 100fps), and a battery offering 10 hours of video playback about covers it.
The Tegra Note is expected to go on sale in the UK via online partners EVGA and Zotac next month, so if we're understanding things properly it'll be branded with their names rather than Nvidia's (at least on the outside, anyway).