Remember the enigmatic HP “Bodhi” device that we tracked down in a benchmark just 24 hours ago, but didn’t really know how to describe it and what to expect of it? I mean, it was clearly powered by Android and had a Tegra 4 CPU beneath the hood, but it could have been a tablet as much as a smartphone, all-in-one PC or God knows what kind of quirky hybrid thingamajig.
Luckily, GFX Bench, the benchmarking website where we first spotted the “Bodhi”, filled in the blanks for us between yesterday and now, changing the mystery gadget’s name to… Slate 8 Pro.
Since a Slate 7 is already out and about, though not so very successful, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to forecast this Slate 8 Pro will be a follow-up of some sorts, with a larger, higher-res display, zippier processor, up to date software and all the works.
Some folks with a richer than average imagination might even assume the Slate 8 Pro will come capable of dual-booting Android 4.2 and Windows 8 Pro, but I for one don’t really see the point of such a thing. Then again, you can always count on HP to come out with pointless devices (the Slate 21 is just the first example off the top of my head).
Anyhow, let’s not forget to mention the Bodhi/Slate 8 Pro is expected to pack a Tegra 4 SoC clocked at 1.8 GHz and sport a rather bizarre 1,600 x 1,200 pix res (aka UXGA) panel. Bizarre, but crazy crisp if it’s to measure 8 inches, as the resulting pixel density would be 250 ppi.
On the whole, if all the above proves legit and HP will also cram 2 GB of RAM and a larger than 5,000 mAh battery inside the Slate 8 Pro, plus microSD support, I can see it give the new Nexus 7 or at least Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 a run for its money. “Money” being the key word there, as HP will need to price the 8-incher sensibly as well.
Who here thinks Hewlett-Packard will pull the entire thing off and become a worthy contender for the smaller than 10-inch tablet crown? And who reckons HP is simply throwing its money into a pit by trying to play catch up in the Android world? We’re all ears.
Via [GFX Bench]