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.

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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.