Nvidia has posted a video comparing its DirectStylus with Samsung’s stylus tech in the Galaxy Note 8. Apparently, the offering from Nvidia not only provides a more natural way to draw and paint on a tablet, but it also does it for half the price.
Drawing and painting on a tablet is still very limited, but for simple doodles with noncomplex coloring schemes a reasonably priced tablet (i.e. the Nexus 7) will do just fine. If you want to bump up to something a bit fancier, then the next tier hardware is Samsung’s Note products. As Nvidia demonstrated in its video, there is a big difference between the Nexus 7 and the Note 8 when it comes to pressure sensitivity.
Nvidia’s claim to fame here, however, is not that it can beat out the Nexus 7, but that its Tegra Note can offer what the Galaxy Note 8 offers (in terms of painting and drawing) for half the price. According to the chip maker, their DirectStylus tech uses standard touch sensors that, in conjunction with its Tegra 4 SoC, can distinguish between a stylus, eraser, fingers and palms. Additionally, the maker of the Tegra Note also claims that their Direct Touch 2.0 technology “supports up to 300 scans a second (five times the typical 60Hz touch scan rate),” which allows for more precision when capturing the movement of a stylus.
The Tegra Note is priced at $199 while the Galaxy Note 8 is around $360.