Earlier this month, UK retailer Dixons announced plans to sell a rebranded version of Nvidia’s Tegra Note. Dubbed the Advent Vega, the device was put up for pre-order a fortnight ago and is now available at Currys (a subsidiary of Dixons).
The specs should already be familiar to those that have read our Tegra Note review. The Advent Vega packs a Tegra 4 SoC (of course), a 7-inch IPS LCD display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, a 5MP camera on the back, a VGA camera on the front, 16 GB of internal storage expandable up to 32 GB (via microSD), microHDMI output, and a battery promising up to 10 hours of HD video playback. There are also front-facing "HD Audio" stereo speakers with a unique bass-reflex port, powered by Nvidia's PureAudio technology.
Announced back in mid-September, Nvidia described the Tegra Note as 'a complete tablet platform.' The company said it would allow hardware partners to distribute the tablet with their own features so it's likely we'll see other flavours of the tablet very soon. If you missed out on our review of the Tegra Note, you can check it out here. It's based on the EVGA-made model as EVGA is the North American manufacturing partner for the Tegra Note.
The Advent Vega joins the UK's already very active market for budget tablets. Between Google's Nexus 7 (which recently enjoyed a price cut that saw it drop from £199 to £179) and offerings from Tesco, Argos, and Carphone Warehouse, folks can easily get their hands on a tablet for well under £200. Tesco's Hudle retails for £120, while Argos' MySlate Tablet is priced at £100. Carphone Warehouse made headlines in October with its decision to cut the price of the Avoca 7 to just £49.