A rumour till now, it might be very well a reality soon with NVIDIA latest reference platform - dubbed as Kai.
It has been quite a while since we last heard of the $199 quad-core Android tablet. Company had earlier mentioned that we might see a $199 tablet this summer.
But it seems NVIDIA has been giving some serious thought to this idea and shared the proper roadmap in its investors` meet.
Rob Csonger, Vice President of NVIDIA mentioned that the company is working on a tablet platform Kai, which will help them in democratising its quad-core Tegra 3 system-on-chip.
Furthermore, Kai is not a product but a platform for Android devices that will facilitate quad-core tablets running on Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to at the price point of $199.
Currently, Kindle Fire seems to be the benchmark for $199 tablet. This budget tablet by Amazon is quite popular and its success is largely attributed to its aggressive pricing.
At this stage, it does sound like a concept product but one should not be surprised if we see hardware manufacturers coming out with cheap quad-core tablets later in the year.
BdST 2219 HRS, MAY 24, 2012
Sabbi Hasan, ICT Editor
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