It’s no secret that there is an abundance of Android smartphones and tablets in the market, with manufacturers pushing the envelope designing lightweight, narrow, big screened and powerful gadgets. ADVENT is the newest entrant in the Android market as it launched a new 7 incher with a twist today. The ADVENT Vega Tegra Note 7, as the name hints, is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra processor, the same chip that powers HP’s Slate 21 and Microsoft Surface 2. Compared to these two in pricing, it is safe to say this is a powerhouse at a budget.
The Vegas Tegra Note 7 boasts of a 7 inch 1280 x 800 (215 ppi) display that promises a mesmerizing display and performance although it is not a full HD display thanks to the 72-core GeForce GPU in the SoC. It comes with NVIDIA’s Cortex-A15 Tegra 4 processor, effectively making it the fastest 7 inch tablet in the market. The tablet has 1 GB RAM (I feel for such a processor it should have been 2 GB), 16 GB internal storage, 5 megapixels rear and 2 megapixels front cameras and the standard connectivity features including Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, microHDMI and microUSB. One more notable feature is the inclusion of the DirectStylus by NVIDIA, something that most tablets do not come with.
Advent’s 7 inch tablet will launch with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and will have other bonus resources including NVIDIA’s PureAudio that pairs with the dual front-facing stereo speakers, a battery that promises up to 10+ hours of HD video playback as well as TegraZone gaming. According to the folks at Android Community, this tablet is also likely to bring Camera Awesome for Android, but this is unclear.
Advent and the Android Market
The Android device market is becoming saturated but it is still competitive as tablets gradually edge out laptops from the scene. This release, however, is limited to customers in the UK via PC World and Currys but there is a high chance that the manufacturer will get it to other markets, including North America, in the near future.
The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is an impressive device that is fairly priced at £179.99 (about $290) considering that the 16 GB version of the refurbished Nexus 7 sells for £199. I think if or when Advent decides to join the Chinese in conquering the US Android market, this should be the first gadget they should launch.