So far what is the biggest threat to the iPad’s largely unchallenged supremacy in the tablet market? The answer has certainly got to be Amazon's Kindle Fire, which sports a very enticing $200 price tag. Even though the Kindle Fire is probably the only non-iPad tablet to have generated iPad-like buzz, it's not the only affordable tablet on the market. The ranks of sub-$300 tablets are constantly swelling. And if NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is right, soon there will be a number of Tegra 3 tablets in this price range.
But exactly how soon, you ask? Well, in a couple of quarters according to Huang. He made this claim while talking to media persons in New York on Friday. Apparently, he was in a mood to flaunt his predictive faculties. Huang foresees a "shocking" rate of improvement in mobile chips and believes a five-fold annual increase in the power and efficiency of mobile chips is in the realm of possibility.
According to the NVIDIA honcho, the biggest challenge facing Android tablet vendors in the U.S. is the fact that they have to sell their devices through retailers - unlike Apple which has its own stores. "Apple stores have an advantage over anything sold through Best Buy," he said. "Everything sold through Best Buy has to pay Best Buy a margin."