HP may have caught plenty of people off guard with its return to tablets this past spring, but what’s even more surprising is the Palo Alto-based PC maker continues to drive forward with tremendous efforts of snatching a piece of the growing mobile pie.
The rather underwhelming Slate 7 has clearly been only the first step towards something bigger, albeit the end game still looks rather foggy. That’s not to say devices like the Slatebook 10 x2, Slate 7 HD, 7 Extreme, 8 Pro and Slate 10 HD haven’t upped the ante, they’re just not real flagships, iPad “killers” or trendsetters.
And while the oft-rumored first HP smartphone to run Android remains a myth, at least the company shows increasing perseverance in the tablet and hybrid niches. On that note, it’s time to meet the HP Bowser 10 x2 and Slate 6 Voice Tab, two unreleased and unannounced Android-based gizmos that have showed their faces in public for the first time quite recently by paying GFX Bench a quick visit.
The former, in spite of its very unique codename, seems to be a clear-cut Slatebook 10 x2 doppelganger, at least based on the bits and pieces that we’ve been able to gather in regards to specs. There’s pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean “butter”, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz and crystal clear hints towards the thing acting alternatively like a tablet and mini-laptop.
Interestingly, Bowser’s 10-inch screen is not identical to the one on the Slatebook, or at least not apparently, being listed in GFX Bench as boasting 1,920 x 1,008 pixels resolution. In contrast, the already existing tab/notebook hybrid touts 1,920 x 1,080 pix res, or 1,920 x 1,128 with the customary on-screen buttons.
Bottom line, as odd as it may sound, the HP Bowser 10 x2 could miss out on Full HD resolution by just a dozen or so pixels.
Moving on, though it looks less technically impressive on paper, the Slate 6 Voice Tab might actually be the gadget with the best chances of hitting it big at the box-office of the two. As the codename suggests, we’re probably looking at a 6-inch tab with voice support here, or, as people like to call it, a phablet.
Mind you, this means HP’s first ever Android smartphone is very much real and looming on the horizon, albeit its makers will likely try to market it differently so as to not build too much pressure. And you can’t blame them, since the handheld also known as “Pomegranate” (yummy) and “Bedana” is in no way a high-ender.
Mid-ranger tops, with a modest Cortex A7-based quad-core 1 GHz Marvell PXA 1088 CPU under the hood and Vivante GC1000 GPU. Then there’s the even more disappointing 720p panel, which due to its size, will boast a sub-par pixel density of 240 ppi or so.
The on-board software doesn’t sound all that great either, with Android 4.2 being now officially two generations behind the times, but don’t be so quick to write the Slate 6 Voice Tab off. It’s bound to be cheap as chips and I’d like to see you snubbing it then.