As passionate as we all are about all things Android and as much as we’d like to claim our favorite OS is closing the gap against Apple in the tablet arena, we have to admit Google is still a long way from winning that battle.
But solid, budget-conscious slates such as the Nexus 7 are at least keeping our hopes alive and maybe, just maybe there will be a couple of 10-inch, top-notch contenders around in a few months or so. We know of at least one suspect starting today, a mystery Asus Eee Pad benchmarked over at GFX Bench not long ago.
Aside from being a part of the Eee Pad family, this fellow doesn’t really have a name yet, though a cryptic “Taurus” moniker seems to be in the cards. If I were to speculate, I’d say there’s a good chance we’re looking at a Transformer Pad Infinity 700 follow-up, but that’s not really of major importance right now.
What’s much more relevant is the presence of an Nvidia Tegra 4 chip beneath the tab’s hood and most of all the display’s “Retina” resolution. I know what you’re thinking. “Retina” is a marketing term coined by Apple, so Asus won’t be able to use it once this thing is out and about. For now however, it’s a good, albeit sneaky, way of building some hype.
The Eee Pad’s “Retina” panel is apparently boasting a stunning 2,560 x 1,504 pixels resolution, which will technically translate into 2,560 x 1,600 when adding the on-screen buttons in the equation. That’s a breathtaking 299 ppi pixel density (assuming the display is a 10.1-inch unit), which is far superior to that of the fourth-gen Apple iPad and on-par with the Nexus 10.
Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro is another fella that packs a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, although the resulting ppi is well below Asus’ 299. Shall I go on about how awesome this tab’s display should be? Let’s not.
Meanwhile, it’s interesting to see that, despite gloomy projections, Nvidia’s Tegra 4 platform seems to be grabbing more and more headlines. In this particular case, we’re dealing with a CPU powering four cores (duh!) and running at a clock speed of 1.9 GHz.
The only other detail known at the moment about the Asus Eee Pad “Taurus” is it runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Of course, considering the leak’s timing, we expect the gizmo to become official next month, during IFA, so be sure to check back with us in due time. Oh, and a little message for Cupertino. Be afraid! Be very afraid!
Via [GFX Bench]