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HP ‘Bodhi’ Becomes Slate 8 Pro: 8-Inch Tablet with Android 4.2 and Tegra 4 CPU

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.

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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).

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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]

HP Bodhi Emerges with Android 4.2, Tegra 4 CPU and UXGA Screen, But What Exactly Is It?

Historically speaking, HP has always had a moody love-hate relationship with Android, but it appears that’s bound to change. The Slate 7 might not be the most popular tablet in the world and the SlateBook x2 looks like a niche device unable to ever break into the mainstream.

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And yet rumors of an Android-based smartphone being prepped by HP have intensified of late. Plus, something carrying the cryptic HP “Bodhi” codename has been spotted in GFXBench’s database just a few hours ago.

By “cryptic” I mean we really have no idea what this Bodhi is. It could well be a smartphone, maybe even one tied with that “Brave” fellow, it could be a tablet or, knowing HP, it could just as well be a hybrid, all-in-one PC, Android-powered laptop, etc, etc.

Judging by the codename, we can definitely assume HP has high hopes for it, since “Bodhi” in Buddhism is the understanding possessed by a Buddha regarding the nature of things, being traditionally translated into English as “enlightenment”.

In terms of specs and features, we only have a few bits and pieces for the time being, but they’re enough to pique my curiosity. An Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz is listed as juicing the device, while the display boasts an exotically-sounding 1,600 x 1,128 pixels resolution.

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That’s most likely 1,600 x 1,200 (aka UXGA) with on-screen buttons, which as far as I know is a very unusual resolution for smartphones or tablets. In fact, according to Wikipedia, UXGA is not used in laptops in recent times either, but only in 20 to 22-inch monitors.

Hmm, does that mean we can narrow it down to Bodhi being either a gargantuan tablet or an all-in-one PC (probably running both Android and Windows)? It sure looks like it, though deep down I’ll still be rooting for this to be a smartphone.

On the software side of things, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is easy to spot in the “system” section of the gadget’s description, although I’m afraid we’ll have to wrap things up there. Again, for the time being only, because if HP plans to “enlighten” us, chances are we’re in for a leak bonanza. Starting in 3, 2, 1…

Via [GFXBench]