The gradient is not among the more traditional tablet market makers. However, its latest release has surprised consumers by presenting a product with robust allied configurations at a competitive price. Breaking, the company was one of the first to market the quad-core processor Tegra 4, NVIDIA .
Having played a big role in their DNA, it is only natural that the main focus of the new processor would eventually fall on the games. And was taking advantage of this proposal that Gradiente decided to bet their chips on the powerful Tegra Note 7. The device reaches the national market for R $ 999, a competitive price if we take into account their settings.
But is the product a good choice for anyone considering investing money in a tablet? Our opinion on the newest Gradiente product is what you get in this detailed analysis of Gradiente Tegra Note 7.
To perform this analysis, we submitted the Gradient Tegra Note 7 to four benchmark applications. They are: 3D Mark(Ice Storm Unlimited), AnTuTu Benchmark 4 , GFX Bench 3.0(T-Rex HD Off Screen and T-Rex HD On Screen) and Vellamo Mobile Benchmark(HTML 5 and Metal).
AnTuTu Benchmark 4
Among the tablets already tested by Tecmundo in this category, the Gradiente Tegra Note 7 was the one that reached the highest score. The product added 34,323 in the AnTuTu Benchmark 4. Who came closest that was the HP SlateBook X2 , which added 27,364 points. They complete the list in this first test LG G Pad 8.3 , with 24,644 points; Asus Nexus 7(2013) with 20,955 points; And Sony Xperia Tablet Z from LiuXers with 20,900 points.
In the GFX Bench the devices are tested in two modes: T-Rex HD Offscreen and T-Rex HD Onscreen. In the first of the tests the tablet Gradiente Tegra Note 7 reached the mark of 18.3 fps, same number reached by the HP SlateBook X2. The ASUS Nexus 7(2013) scored 16 fps; The Xperia Tablet Z has hit the 13 fps mark, as has the LG G Pad 8.3.
In the T-Rex HD Onscreen test nobody managed to overcome the Gradient Tegra Note 7, which reached the mark of 28.4 fps. The HP SlateBook X2 added 17.7 fps. The ASUS Nexus 7(2013) scored 15 fps; The LG G Pad 8.3 scored 13 fps; And the Xperia Tablet Z marked only 12 fps.
In 3D Mark, we used the IceStorm Unlimited test as the standard for our evaluation. Gradiente Tegra Note 7 was also the winner, reaching the mark of 14,710 points. The ASUS Nexus 7(2013) added 10,748 while the HP SlateBook X2 totaled 10,170. The LG G Pad 8.3 made 9,388 points and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z totaled 9,123 points.
Vellamo Mobile Benchmark
We ran two tests with Vellamo Mobile Benchmark: HTML5 and Metal. In the first one, the Gradiente Tegra Note 7 reached the mark of 2,918 points, one of the highest achieved in our tests(the highest is the phablet Sony Xperia Z Ultra with 2,979 points).
Other models tested in this category had performance a little below: the Sony Xperia Z Tablet scored 2,774 points; The HP SlateBook X2 has reached 2,585 points; The LG G Pad 8.3 has reached 2,430 points; Further back in this test, ASUS Fonepad 7 scored 1,763 points.
In the Metal test, the Gradiente model took second place, with 936 points. The HP SlateBook X2, with 1,104 points(the LG G2 smartphone is still the most powerful of our tests with 1,249 points). The LG G Pad 8.3 scored 702 points; The Sony Xperia Tablet Z scored 625 points; And ASUS Fonepad 7 scored 575 points.
The most prominent items on the front of the Tegra Note 7 tablet are the two speakers, located on the top and bottom of the product. The four edges are not among the thinnest in the products of this category, but the whole as a whole reveals a piece with harmonic visual.
At the rear, a rubberized finish on the center part conveys the feeling of resistance. The Tegra Note brand in the center of the product is even more prominent than the Gradiente logo. The weight of the product, 320 grams, is also not among the lightest, but is still within acceptable limits that do not compromise the usability of the tablet.
As it is aimed at gamers, its design was thought with the device horizontal(lying down). Thus, the volume buttons are at the top(right side vertical), even positioning the micro SD card slot. The headphone jack and the HDMI output are on the left side(top upright).
Because it is a device that focuses on the public gamer, a Full HD screen resolution would be ideal. However, the resolution of 1280×800 does not disappoint and is enough for you to play your favorite games without loss of quality. The 7-inch LCD panel is LED backlit and features IPS technology.
Touch response is accurate, whether done with your fingers or with the NVIDIA Direct Stylus pen that comes with the product. The brightness settings are sufficient to make a good visual appearance both in the use of conventional apps and in the execution of games that require greater graphics processing capacity.
This is perhaps the most important aspect of Gradiente Tegra Note 7. Featuring NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor 1.8 GHz and 1 GB RAM, in our tests the device managed to gently run all games tested, such as Thor: TDW – The Official Game , Reaper and Dead Trigger 2 . The transition between apps is also good without crashes or delays.
Here is an explanation of the processor and GPU that equip Tegra Note 7. NVIDIA Tegra 4, announced by the company as the “fastest mobile processor in the market”, has a Cortex-A15 4-core CPU, with a Fifth core being destined for operations that require less processing capacity. This feature allows the device to save energy. The GPU has 72 cores.
These characteristics result in a processing capacity that puts the device among the most powerful in its category. It is possible, for example, to render HDR photos faster, as well as making the capture process even faster. In practice, the user is assured of high performance for their tasks with the Gradiente Tegra Note 7 at hand.
In a tablet, the cameras do not usually gain special attention from manufacturers and end up being left a little aside. In this way, the front camera of the device is only functional, with VGA resolution. It is little for those who value this question and likes devices that provide better quality images for selfies or videoconferences.
Already the 5 megapixel rear camera would be below average if we were talking about a smartphone. On a tablet, that inferior quality is forgivable, since the photos captured by the product result in acceptable images within your proposal. However, there is still a difference in this regard.
NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 has the ability to capture HDR photos. As mentioned above, this is one of Tegra 4’s most outstanding processing features and, because of this, the function has been included in the model. It is true that for better results, you would need to test the feature on a camera with better resolution. However, in this case, the quality gain in the tool is clear.
Among the most varied models of tablets, it is also not common to find devices that stand out for the quality of audio. Luckily for the consumer this is the case of the Gradiente Tegra Note 7. The device does not come with headphones, but its two loudspeakers guarantee a great accompaniment to the game.
During the matches, the two audio outputs, located on the front, are overlapped by the hands, making the sound slightly muffled. However, if they were in the back they would certainly not provide the same impact – which makes the situation balanced. There is little distortion in bass and treble.
The product may not be the best of audio options, such as just listening to music. However, in both movies and games, if we take into account the use without headphones, there is no denying that audio quality is above the average of 7-inch direct competitors.
The Tegra Note 7 has a 4,100 mAh battery, which is within the average of the tablets in its category. In our tests, the performance was very satisfactory even in situations of extreme use, as in games that require greater graphic processing capacity.
For those who want to use it for games, during our analysis we were able to play for more than 6 hours before the battery discharged completely. The video usage is also close to the same average, so users are guaranteed to have a good amount of gameplay time with the laptop.
Features HDMI output
For those who want to broadcast games or even video content, another good alternative is the fact that the tablet has an HDMI output. Simply plug the cable, which is sold separately, into your TV and start broadcasting. This allows you, for example, to stream movies directly from the device to the TV or browse the internet.
NVIDIA Stylus Pen
The Gradiente Tegra Note 7 tablet also features an NVIDIA Direct Stylus pen. It is stuck in the base of the product, and when it is removed, the operating system immediately recognizes and activates a way to use the tool. With reasonable accuracy, it is not among the most innovative versions of the genre, but fulfills its role.
There are few tool-unique features on the device – the Tegra Draw and Write apps are the main ones – so it works much more like a complimentary accessory for those who want to have it than a relevant auxiliary tool. She is there for anyone who wants to check it out, but do not expect her to help you become more productive.
To facilitate user access to games best suited for the Tegra processor, NVIDIA has created TegraZone. It is a kind of virtual store that brings a selection of games aimed at devices with NVIDIA processor, as is the case of Tegra Note 7 and NVIDIA Shield .
Although the idea is good, unfortunately there is little update around. However, the games indicated are of excellent quality and demonstrate that the company is interested in offering the best for its consumers. Most of the available titles are paid, but you can choose some interesting items in the middle of the list.
The tablet Gradiente Tegra Note 7 is a pleasant surprise in the Brazilian market. With robust configurations, the official price of the device in the Gradiente store is R $ 999, a competitive value within its category and its proposal. In our benchmark tests, in most of them the device was a winner.
Focusing on the public gamer, the model features NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and 4,100 mAh battery. The performance of Tegra Note 7 is the biggest plus point of the product, making it ideal for games that require high graphics processing power. Simpler tasks and conventional apps can also be run smoothly.
A Full HD display would give the product even more life, but the screen resolution of 1280×800 is enough to not compromise its playability. Undoubtedly, if you are thinking of a tablet for games and that is able to run other types of apps with ease, it is worth considering the Gradient model. We can safely say that the Gradiente Tegra Note 7 is, in fact, one of the fastest available in the market.
This product was loaned by NVIDIA for this analysis.