Android tablets featuring Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processors may slip under $200 this summer. The Verge says that, at Nvidia’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders briefing last week, the company teased a platform code-named "Kai" that will purportedly enable such devices.
"Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point," said Nvidia VP Rob Csonger during the briefing. The platform, Kai, is supposed to use "a lot of the secret sauce" from Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip to help cut component costs and reduce display power consumption. Csonger apparently didn’t go into more detail, so you’ll have to use your imagination to fill in the rest.
In any case, the prospect of relatively powerful $199 tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich does sound nice. Amazon already offers an Android tablet for $199, the Kindle Fire, but that device has a dual-core processor and a customized version of Android 2.3 that lacks all the spit and polish of ICS.