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HP Seemingly Prepping ‘Bowser’ 10×2 Tab/Notebook Hybrid and Slate 6 Voice Tab with Android

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Via [GFX Bench] (1), (2)

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]

Mysterious HP Slate 21 AIO Gets Benchmarked, Allegedly Packs Tegra 4 Processor

HP’s first tablet effort following a two-year hiatus might have not been welcomed with a lot of enthusiasm, but it seems the Palo Alto-based company has other aces up its sleeve besides the fairly modest Slate 7.

A mysterious Slate 21 AIO has allegedly been benchmarked, running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and packing a Tegra 4 processor. Wait, what?!?

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Yes, I know how it sounds. Like pure madness. Specifically, like a ginormous 21-inch all-in-one PC/tablet with Android and a CPU that’s yet to power a single commercially released device. But, when you really think of it, is it really so crazy?

After all, Asus has already unveiled a massive all-in-one/tablet hybrid with Android, namely the 18.4-inch Transformer AiO. True, the Transformer AiO runs both Windows and Android, but that’s likely the same road HP will follow with this Slate 21 AiO if the thing turns out to be real.

As for the Tegra 4 processor, we know it’s to power several gadgets starting this quarter or Q3 2013 at the latest, so why wouldn’t the Slate 21 be one of those?

All in all therefore, we have no reason to doubt the legitimacy of the leaked benchmark, save for… the test’s actual result. The HP Slate 21 AiO, equipped with a CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz, has apparently only scored 23,584 points.

That’s considerably better than all the other high-end Android tabs around, but it’s light years away from what NVIDIA claimed Tegra 4-powered devices would be capable of. If you remember, the new chip was said to score over 36,000 points, so the Slate 21’s 23,000 is actually pretty disappointing.

Of course, chances are the tested tab was a pre-release prototype, so we should definitely expect better scores once the thing will be out and about. Again, if and only if it is real.

All things considered, do you think the world needs a 21-inch tab/all-in-one PC with a likely extravagant price point? Are companies like HP and Asus going too far in their attempts to innovate and stay original? And finally, does HP have a future in the Android décor?

Via [Rbmen]