Display

At the front of Tegra Note 7 is a 7-inch 1280x800 IPS LCD. This is the same form factor as what we saw on the previous generation Nexus 7, and thanks to the FCC’s internal photos, we know the exact panel. It’s an LG LD070WX3 panel, interestingly enough same as the Kindle Fire HD, for comparison as far as I know the Nexus 7 of yesteryear used a Hydis panel.

Inside Display settings on the Tegra Note there’s a a color correction preset, which allows one to switch between sRGB and Native.

 

I’m grateful that NVIDIA is being upfront for users who want either sRGB calibration or the native properties of the panel. In addition NVIDIA is exposing a toggle under power for turning PRISM on or off, which some users disliked on the previous gen Nexus 7. I turned this off and the color mode to sRGB when testing.

Subjectively the display on Tegra Note is appealing, with no immediately visible superficial problems like light bleeding from the edges or a quick falloff in contrast at extreme viewing angles. I wish that the device had a high DPI panel like I’ve gotten used to with so many of the newer tablets, but otherwise the display is subjectively good enough.

Display Brightness - Black Level

Display Brightness - White Level

Display Contrast Ratio

CalMAN Display Performance - White Point Average

CalMAN Display Performance - Grayscale Average dE 2000

CalMAN Display Performance - Gamut Average dE 2000

CalMAN Display Performance - Saturations Average dE 2000

CalMAN Display Performance - Gretag Macbeth Average dE 2000

Color calibration is, you guessed it, better than the old Nexus 7, but not quite as good as the newer Nexus 7. It’s clear that NVIDIA placed some emphasis on getting the display close, but it could still be closer.

Performance - CPU, GPU, NAND WiFi, Camera, Speakers
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  • Anonymous Blowhard - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    Didn't see any mention of this; I see it does have Console Mode, but what about the NVIDIA GamePad Mapper software? Reply
  • geniekid - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    The one reason I'd get this over the Nexus 7 is for the microSD slot.

    Also, I would think the lower resolution would come with some battery savings. I wonder if the inefficiency here lies with the SoC or the display (or something else).
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  • PC Perv - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    What did you use to take pictures? They are horrendous. Reply
  • drexnx - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    feel it all around? lol Reply
  • geniekid - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    I can't wait for the day when the state of mobile gaming will be such that reviews can focus on actual gameplay benchmarks instead of all the synthetics. Reply
  • Pirks - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    It's already like that on iPad but why would you even be interested in any benchmarks on iPad? Reply
  • Simon42 - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    You said nothing about the sub-par 1gb of ram! Do you have a test that could contrast it with 2gb devices, or at least some subjective impressions? I like to multitask a lot, open 10 tabs and switch from one app to the other, and I highly doubt this thing's superfast CPU can fully compensate for it. I've always felt that my Android devices improved mostly because they went from 512mb and 1gb to 2gb; that with my expectations and with the way I use my devices it has been more beneficial than upgrading to Qualcomm's excellent quad cores.

    I'm actively looking at something better suited to my needs and with a wider screen than my current 2013 Nexus 7. An SD card to exceed 32gb cheaply - I have lots of PDFs and MP3s - is crucial because any storage becomes slow when full (and now 4.3's TRIM eats battery when it has to work hard) and the stylus implementation looks great, but I won't trade the Nexus' glorious screen, RAM and amazing battery life for some extra speed I hardly need and which is probably only available when RAM is not full.

    I was awaiting HP's Slate 8 and I was getting excited about its screen, but it's now confirmed that it too has only 1gb RAM so I'll want to try it but I probably won't buy it unless it multitasks just as well as what I currently have. Does anyone know of any upcoming Tegra 4 device with enough RAM and under 500 grams? I might have to wait for Chinese tablets with that combo and leftover iPad mini screens (Retina or not) or 8.9 inch full HD panels...
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  • Dribble - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    Tend to agree - the 1GB or ram would be a killer for me. Think they would have been better charging $250 for a 2GB ram and a full HD screen. Then you might think nexus is nice but for $20 I get an SD card, stylus better sound and a faster soc. Easy sell. Reply
  • ddriver - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    iphones have 1 gb of ram, so "logically" 1 gb ram is the best amount of ram Reply
  • zodiacsoulmate - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    not on android, but kitkat is opitimized for 512 and less ram? maybe facebook app will stop taking up 80mb of ram... Reply

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