8.9'' Tegra tablet caught on video

— 6:00 AM on May 21, 2010

We'll no doubt be hearing more about Nvidia Tegra-powered slates at Computex early next month. However, the folks at Netbooknews got an early taste of what's in store at the Google I/O event yesterday. The site has posted a video of NaturalMotion's Backbreakers football game running on a Tegra 2 slate prototype:

Netbooknews says the device has an 8.9" display, a 1GHz next-generation Tegra system-on-a-chip, and version 2.1 of Google's Android mobile OS. This prototype is reportedly about 1 cm (0.4") thick, and Nvidia is said to have talked of "much thinner & lighter versions behind closed doors."

The next-gen Tegra launched in January; it couples dual ARM Cortex A9 processor cores with Nvidia graphics hardware on a teeny system-on-a-chip that draws just 500mW. Devices based on this SoC can purportedly decode high-definition video for 16 hours on a single battery charge. Nvidia showed prototypes from Foxconn and MSI at the launch event, and the rumor mill suggests Asus may include the new Tegra silicon in its upcoming Eee Pad, as well.

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