For the last few days, rumors about an Nvidia-made tablet PC based around the Tegra processor have circulated around the Internet. Now Nvidia's given Engadget some straightforward info about the device. The gadget is currently in the prototype phase, and comes in several different sizes. It currently runs Windows CE and uses a resistive touchscreen, although we're likely to see it run the Android OS and feature a capacitive touchscreen when it launches.
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This gadget is currently set for a launch roughly around March of 2010. This is extremely exciting, because the images we're seeing of the current prototype look almost identical to the iTablet renders we've been watching for months. While Apple may never actually end up producing such a device, a Tegra-based tablet running Android sounds just as good. If not a little bit better.
Any Android tablet that hits will open up whole new possibilities for high-end apps. Considering how open Android's app market is, and how easy it is to develop and mod the OS as a whole, some very exciting things could be done with such a product. While it's immediate applications as a multimedia device are exciting, that's not the only possibility I see here.
If Nvidia is smart, this thing is going to have a low price point. I don't see Nvidia doing anything wildly different with this tablet, it's not the Courier, but if it costs under $500 it could act as a serious competition to netbooks. In addition to being better at photo editing and browsing, this tablet looks to pack a front-facing camera for video conferencing. A big tablet with multimedia, e-reader functionality, browsing and video-conferencing would basically be the perfect traveller's computer.
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More news about this seriously sexy device will be out in the immediate future. If we really are headed for a March 2010 release, we can probably expect to see a spec list hit before the end of the year. That's when we'll really know what to expect in terms of cost, and what this baby is going to be capable of. Until then, have fun ogling the image.