Nvidia showcases Tegra 2 prototype

Nvidia has been showcasing a prototype of its Tegra 2 Android-based tablet at the Google I/O event, with Netbooknews getting a video of it in action.

The specs for the tablet have been revealed, with a 1GHz ARM Cortex 9 processor and 1GB of RAM, which is just one of the many tablets ARM plans to power. It has an 8.9-inch screen with a 16:9 ratio, which is smaller than the iPad’s 9.7-inches, but the aspect ratio is more suitable for movies compared to the iPad’s 4:3 ratio.

It also has a front facing webcam, microphone, audio jacks, MicroSD slot, docking port connectors, and 2 USB slots, with rumours suggesting a slot for a SIM card as well.

There are LED lights on the bottom for power and a lightning one, which is most likely for the battery charge. The top has Back, Menu, and Home buttons, in-keeping with other Android devices.

It was shown running the current version of Android 2.1, but we’d expect that to be 2.2 by the time of release now that Google is readying its update. The game BackBreakers by NaturalMotion was tested on it, running crisply and smoothly, as can be seen in the video below.

Nvidia has dirtied itself a little, however, by getting Foxconn to make this prototype. Foxconn has been in the news regularly over the past year or so with multiple suicides in its product plants over iPhone leaks and who knows what else.

More details on the Tegra 2 are expected at Computex. TechEye will give you the lowdown from there.