Tegra 3 Android tablets to cost as low as $199?

Perhaps learning a thing or two from Amazon, Nvidia's head honcho hints at more affordable Android tablets in the near future.

Will the Google tablet (to be manufactured by Asus) look similar to this? Josh Lowensohn/CNET

Remember the 7-inch tablet that Nvidia teased at CES earlier this year? The Tegra 3-powered device that was supposed to cost $249? It could turn out to be more affordable than we thought.

According to The New York Times, Nvidia's head honcho, Jen-Hsun Huang, indicated that the company is working on lowering the cost of its latest Tegra 3 processors. He also hinted that Android tablets will go for $199 by the second half of the year.

Though the quad-core Tegra 3 processor is currently found on the Asus Transformer Prime and will be featured in a number of upcoming smartphones from LG and HTC, these devices are high-end products that cost much more than $199.

However, there have been recent reports that Google is planning to launch a 7-inch tablet this year. It's said to be built by Asus and will cost between $149 and $199. If this device is indeed the same tablet shown at CES, it will certainly be an attractive proposition.

Amazon's Kindle Fire has shown that there is a market for inexpensive slates, but critics have contended that its budget-class hardware and customized Android-based OS don't give the best user experience. However, a Google Nexus tablet powered by the capable Tegra 3 processor would be a different story.

(Source: Crave Asia)

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