Nvidia’s Tegra 3 Could Lead to Cheap Tablets

Posted on 28 March 2012

Tablets are very much in demand these days, pushing tablet manufacturers to either step up their game to get enough edge to at least capture a market with so many choices, or to find ways to lower their prices. Well it looks like NVidia, a popular chip manufacturer, is out to help tablet makers by releasing their latest Tegra chip that is set to not just improve tablets’ performance but also do this at a much lower price.

According to NVidia’s CHief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang the cheaper components they used will mean Android-toting tablets could hit the market at just $199 (£124.4). The New York Times quotes him as saying, “We took out $150 in build materials, things like expensive memory. At $199, you can just about buy a tablet at a 7-Eleven.”

The price is a far cry from the price of brand new iPads, which as pricey as they may be still holds the number one spot for tablets. At such a price difference we’ll see if the lower priced Tegra-toting devices will make a real dent in the tablet market share. This is after all very much unlike the markdown in prices of tablets (think HP and the Playbook) that nobody really wanted, but was just too cheap to ignore. Besides those were going out of stock. With the latest Android tablets at such a low price point flooding the market, Apple just might start seeing some real competition in the near future.

Image via NewYorkTimes

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