CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has announced an updated version of its Tegra Note 7 tablet that has LTE support and comes with the Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system.
The Nvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE is nearly identical to the model that the firm introduced back in November, but it comes with the added bonus of HSPA+ and LTE connectivity. Here in Europe, the Tegra Note 7 will support the 800, 1800, and 2600 LTE bands, which suggests that the device will be released in the UK.
Nvidia said in a blog post on Friday, "Our Tegra Note 7 is getting a new family member - one that comes with great connections. We're adding our i500 LTE modem - and its 4G LTE cellular connection - to the world's fastest 7in Android tablet.
"[The] i500 [modem] leverages a unique software-defined radio technology - meaning it can deliver new capabilities via software without requiring an entirely new chipset. Another big plus is higher efficiency - it's only 40 percent the size of conventional modems but has [four times] the processing capability of its predecessor."
As well as added mobile connectivity, the Nvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE will also arrive running Google's Android 4.4.2 Kitkat mobile operating system rather than Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It's also being reported that the latest version of Android has started rolling out to Nvidia's first generation Tegra 7 tablet.
Beyond that, the Tegra 7 specifications remain unchanged. The Nvidia Tegra 7 LTE touts the same 7in 1280x800 resolution IPS display and is powered by the same Nvidia Tegra 4 chip, which touts a 72-core Geforce GPU and a quad-core Cortex A15 CPU with a fifth "battery-saver" core.
There's also stylus support, 5MP and VGA cameras, a microHDMI connector, 16GB of internal storage and a battery that Nvidia claims will last for 10 hours of video playback.
Nvidia's Tegra Note 7 LTE tablet will be available globally from the second quarter priced at $299. µ