Dixons has just announced that the 7″ tablet will be available via PCWorld and Currys, 2 gadget retail chains that Dixons owns in the UK. It’s up for pre-order now and will be available on 16 November.
The Vega Tegra Note 7 is equipped with a 1280 x 800 display, a pair of cameras (5MP rearcam and 2MP webcam), 16 GB of storage, a microSD card slot, Wifi and Bluetooth, and an HDMI port. It’s going to be running Android 4.2 on a Tegra 4 processor. And as you can see in the product shot, it has a couple front-facing speakers.
Like HP’s clone, this tablet is going to be one of the high-end models (and not one of the budget models that Nvidia hinted at when the reference design was announced in September). It will have Nvidia’s stylus as well as the apps which have been customized to work with it (Stylus Labs Write, TegraNOTE Draw, Direct Stylus Launcher, and others).
There aren’t any hands-on reports yet for the Dixons tablet, but past reports on the stylus made it sound amazing:
As you can see the pen has a fine tip, but it is not a digitized stylus as you’ll find on the Samsung Galaxy Note series or Lenovo pen-enabled tablets and laptops. The pen does offer some palm rejection and pressure sensitivity.
It’s halfway between traditional capacitive and digitized styli. This could be the best of both worlds in that regard–you get the functionality of an active pen without the high price of the technology that goes into it. HP hasn’t released pricing on the Slate7EX yet, but it appears the company is trying to keep costs low.
Another neat thing about the stylus is that it’s double-tipped. On the other end is a wide, flat wedge tip that can be used to draw fat lines or other width lines (kind of like a stub nib on a fountain pen).
The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is hitting the market this week with a retail of £180. Given the specs and software I think it is going to be quite competitive against the £199 Kindle Fire HDX, even though the HDX does have a higher resolution screen.