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Nvidia shows off slick new Tegra tablet with stylus and LTE

Nvidia gave us some hands-on time with its new Tegra Note 7 LTE tablet, which comes packing a stylus and 4G support for a lot less than the Samsung Galaxy Note tablets

Graphics whizzkid Nvidia is releasing its powerful Tegra Note 7 tablet in the UK later this year, and best of all, we’ll be getting the super-nippy LTE version. We had a chance to play with the Tegra Note 7 LTE at MWC 2014, and came away impressed considering the cool features and low cost.

Nvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE tablet shown off at MWC

From a design standpoint, the Nvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE is a good-looking little Android tablet. It’s a seven-incher, so comfortable to hold one-handed, with dual speakers pointing at your face to give you a powerful audio experience.

Nvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE tablet shown off at MWC

The 7-inch IPS LCD screen may not be Full HD, with a 1280×800 pixel resolution (giving 216ppi), but it’s powerfully bright and enjoys rich colours and wide viewing angles. Nvidia also gives you a passive stylus to scribble on the screen – it’s not as high-tech as Samsung’s S-Pen, with just a rubber tip, but we found it was accurate and the display was perfectly responsive to our swipes. The Tegra Note 7 LTE was even smart enough to work out when our palm intruded onto the screen, and ignored it.

Nvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE tablet shown off at MWCNvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE tablet shown off at MWC

Nvidia’s computational photography architecture (known by the much catchier name of Chimera), working in combo with the 72-core GeForce GPU, allows for some pretty nifty graphical wizardry. We saw some cool demos in action, including the little sliver of creepiness you see below – a human face rendered in stunning detail, showing a range of realistic emotions, almost all of them terrifying.

Nvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE tablet shown off at MWC

The 5-megapixel rear camer also takes advantage of the graphics chip to do some cool things. For instance, you get always-on HDR. Instead of taking three separate shots and combining them to optimise the lighting conditions, the Tegra takes just a single shot and uses the GPU to sort out any darker areas of contrast.

Nvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE tablet shown off at MWC

The camera can also track specific objects or people with just a single tap, keeping them sharply in focus. Even better, you can set different exposure and focal points, for even more control over your vids.

Nvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE tablet shown off at MWC

The Nvidia Tegra Note 7 LTE will hit UK Dixons stores pretty soon – Nvidia reckons in the next couple of months – and will cost under £300 (it’s currently $299 in the States).

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