CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has teamed up with Dixons Retail group's hardware brand Advent to launch what it claims is "the world's fastest 7in Android tablet", the Vega Tegra Note 7, which costs £179.99.
Powered by the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 touts a 72-core Geforce GPU and quad-core Cortex A15 CPU with a fifth "battery-saver" core.
The Note 7 is named as such due to its "Directstylus" technology and bundled stylus, which is stowed away within the tablet's body, much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
The Directstylus technology takes advantage of one of the Tegra chip's cores as opposed to a separate display controller chip, which the firm claims makes it much faster and responsive to touch and stylus commands. The stylus also has "finer point and broader stroke control", meaning it will respond to different strokes made on the screen, offering a more natural feel when makign notes or sketches.
There's a 1280x800 resolution touchscreen along with Nvidia's "Pureaudio" technology, which uses the Note 7's front-facing speakers to offer what Nvidia calls "the widest frequency range in a tablet".
The 5MP rear-facing camera on the Note 7 uses Nvidia's Chimera computational photography architecture to bring some interesting features, such as the ability to set the focus and exposure levels separately via touch when snapping away. This is done via the "Smugmug's Camera Awesome" app.
There's a listed battery life of 10 hours for HD video playback, and also a HDMI-out port for hooking up the tablet to larger displays.
The device will be available for pre-order from Thursday 7 November and will launch on 15 November at a starting price of £179.99. It will be sold exclusively through Currys & PC World for the first month or so of sale, Advent said.
We attended a briefing of the Note 7 on Tuesday where we picked up a test unit, so check back for a full review soon. µ