Up until now, Nvidia has entrusted partners like Asus and Microsoft with building tablets around its Tegra processors. Could that be about to change?
Quoting "Europe-based sources," Fudzilla reports that Nvidia will offer a "high-end" tablet of its own next year. Not much is known about the device, but Fudzilla says it will feature Nvidia's next-gen system-on-a-chip, Logan. As we've reported before, Logan will be Nvidia's first mobile SoC with graphics based on the Kepler architecture, which powers GeForce GTX 600 and 700-series graphics cards on the desktop.
In related news, a story by Tabtech.de suggests that Nvidia may release a seven-inch tablet or a "phablet" in the shorter term. According to Tabtech.de, a results listing on the GFXBench website outlined an "Nvidia Tegra Note Premium" with a 1280x800 display, a Tegra 4 processor, and Android 4.2.2. The results page must have been pulled since then, however, because I can't seem to find it.
Nvidia has already shown that it can build its own hardware. The firm's Shield handheld gaming console is now available, and early reviews of it are quite positive. If Nvidia wants to get into the tablet game, I'm sure it can whip up a compelling device. The question, though, is whether it can compete successfully with established players—and carve itself a big enough share of the market to justify the endeavor.