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Nvidia Believes Tegra 3 Tablets Will Eventually Hit $300

Jen-Hsun Huang expects at least some of those tablets to be on sale for $299 within "a couple quarters," according to a post on Engadget. That remark was made over lunch and there is no explanation why the price could drop so dramatically from the current figure of about $500 - a price point that has been pretty stable for the basic models of high-end tablets for more than a year and a half.

Of course, Huang's note makes you think about whether it is sensible to drop $500 or more on a high-end tablet for Christmas if you could get the same tablet, with a possibly newer version of Android, for nearly half the price by mid-2012. However, if Huang is right, tablets could suddenly make much more sense for those who have the desire to own a touch entertainment computing device and haven't bought an iPad or Android tablet yet. A full-featured Android tablet for $300 sounds much more enticing than the $800 Motorola wanted for its original Xoom.

However, we also know that the prices of low-end tablets will also fall. $150 or even $100 for a next-gen, entry-level Kindle Fire is more than realistic - and there are plenty of rumors that suggest that a future Kindle tablet could be offered free of charge and may simply be cross-financed via cloud services

  • soo-nah-mee
    Sooooo, do I cancel my Transformer Prime pre-order?
    I guess not, but this article makes me hesitant to drop $500 now. :^/
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  • de5_Roy
    i'll believe that a $300 tegra 3 tablet with 16+ gb storage exists when i see one. :)
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  • dark_lord69
    $300 Tegra 3 with an HD Screen, SD card slot, HDMI port and 2 GB of ram (or more)
    and at that point I may actually consider buying a tablet.
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  • house70
    That will only happen if they flood the market with them chips... we'll see.
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  • willard
    I've noticed something. Almost eveyone on Tom's Hardware is a cheapass. All I ever see is bitching about SSDs being too expensive, tablets being too expensive, etc..

    If you're living in your parents' house and have no source of income, nobody expects you to buy this kind of stuff. Stop complaining about cost, it's getting old. Especially on enterprise class SSDs, it's like complaining that a Lamborghini is too expensive for your first car.

    No shit, Sherlock.
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  • zzz_b
    I have to agree with the price drop but... at the same time there will be out much better tablets for the $500 price tag.
    Technology evolves exponentially, so time shortens between new product arrivals. By the time the price drops drastically on any device, even if not obsolete, it is out-dated.
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  • phatbuddha79
    A tegra 3 tablet to drop to $300 is not news, but the question is when. His remarks I think are a bit too optimistic. I think realistically it'll probably be when tegra 4 comes out or next black friday.
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  • dark_lord69
    willardI've noticed something. Almost eveyone on Tom's Hardware is a cheapass. All I ever see is bitching about SSDs being too expensive, tablets being too expensive, etc..If you're living in your parents' house and have no source of income, nobody expects you to buy this kind of stuff. Stop complaining about cost, it's getting old. Especially on enterprise class SSDs, it's like complaining that a Lamborghini is too expensive for your first car. No shit, Sherlock.I make MORE than DOUBLE the average income in America. I have a laptop and a desktop plus my wife and I both have work laptops. So I will buy one if it's dirt cheap but other than that I'd rather use a laptop. Which is why I said what I did. Not because it costs too much. But I do agree with you that plenty of people complain about pricing especially when it's a product that isn't marketed tward the general public but to corporations that can afford and have the need for enterprise hardware.
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  • maestintaolius
    I honestly think they have to. 500$ for the transformer prime or ipad2 is just too damn much. At 500$ I can get a decent i5 laptop that'll do everything I need the pad to do, and arguably do it better. I think amazon and b+n got it right with the $200ish pads.
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  • soo-nah-mee
    mobrocketTablets are still basically just entertainment toys... a PS3 / 360 can do more and are less expensive... tablet makers should understand thatCome on, you can't be serious!
    Talk about comparing apples to pork chops.
    Let's see you sit on the crapper with an Xbox and a TV.
    There are a lot of things a tablet does better than a console too.
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