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Nvidia reveals 'Kai' platform, convinces us that $199 Tegra 3 tablets will come

Sub-P9K tabs with Ice Cream Sandwich? Gimme!
by Neps Firmalan | May 24, 2012
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Back in late March, Nvidia told us that cheap Tegra 3 tablets that will go for as low as $199 or just P8,600 will come in the very near future, possibly within the year. We were hopeful, yeah, but also guarded and speculative since quad-core tabs are not really something every Juan could have. Now, the graphics chip maker seems to tell us to believe while revealing what is called the Kai platform which will make this a possibility.

Fact is, Nvidia is already currently working on the uber-cheap versions of today's quad-core bad boys. The company's VP, Rob Csonger, said recently that Kai is not only about hardware or a single device, it's actually a platform or system that will make Tegra 3 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered devices more available to everyone, and at the same price range compared to the Kindle Fire while also being much more powerful. Nice!

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However, not much tech details were revealed so we guess we'll have to stay tuned for those. On a related note, cheaper quad-core tablets like the $249 (about P10,800) ASUS ME370T (which looks to be the one on the left on the top image) and the rumored $199 Google Nexus tablet have been reported. That means a masa-friendly Tegra 3 slate is not out of the picture. It will come, but when? Nvidia says maybe before 2012 ends. The operative word there is maybe but, for now, that's good enough for us.

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