New evidence points to 7-inch Nvidia tablet

Nvidia's rumored Tegra tablet appears to be a little closer to reality. Technology Blogs Simplified spotted the 7" device on the website of the National Certification Commission, which appears to be the Taiwanese equivalent of the FCC. The tablet is called the Tegra Tab P1640, and the blurry pictures reveal a device that looks similar to the first Nexus 7. I see what looks like a stylus receptacle on the back, too. Hmm.

According to the blog post, the screen has a 1280x768 display resolution. The resulting 213 PPI might have been impressive last year, but Google has since updated the Nexus 7 with a 1920x1200 display that delivers a much crisper 323 PPI for the same $230 asking price as the original tablet. Even budget slates like Asus' $149 MeMO Pad HD7 can compete with the Tegra Tab's purported pixel density, which makes me wonder how much Nvidia might charge for the thing.

Despite its seemingly pedestrian display, the Tegra Tab should have potent hardware under the hood. The leaked specifications reveal a Tegra 4 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz. They also list front and rear cameras, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Android 4.2.2. USB and HDMI connectivity are included, too. Sadly, there's no mention of an SD slot. Although a SIM tray apparently graces the system, I don't see any mention of cellular broadband support—the sort of thing you'd expect a communications certification body to discuss.

Overall, the details match earlier evidence of a 7" Tegra Tab. It makes sense for Nvidia to roll out its own tablet, too. There are only a few Tegra 4 tablets on the market right now, and all the ones we've seen are larger 10" models. I wonder if Nvidia is sitting on a stack of unused Tegra 4 chips that need a good home.

In any case, we could have official confirmation of the Tegra Tab soon. The tablet is apparently going to be revealed at this year's IFA show, which runs from September 6-11 in Berlin, Germany.

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