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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]

HP Slate 7 Now Available For $170

If you’re still looking for a 7 inch Android tablet that costs less than the Nexus 7 then you might want to check out the HP Slate 7 which has just recently been released in the market. This device costs $170 which is $30 cheaper than Google’s tablet and even sports Beats audio technology. You will be able to get this model at the HP online store.

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HP Slate 7 Technical Specifications

  • Operating system: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Display: 7 inch 1024×600 HFFS wide view angle LCD
  • Processor: ARM A9 Dual Core 1.6Ghz
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC
  • Camera: VGA Front, 3 MP Rear
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi(802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
  • Audio: Beats Audio with stereo speakers 3.5mm headphone-out/microphone-in combo
  • Ports: Micro SD expandable (up to 32GB), Micro USB
  • Battery: 5 hours video playback, one cell 13.4WHr 2 Ah lithium-ion battery

Some the best reasons to get the HP Slate 7 are its use of a metal case instead of plastic , the Beats audio technology, and the use of a front and rear camera. The operating system used is also already Jelly Bean and it looks to be lightly skinned and is comparable to the stock Android.

The only downside to this is that the screen resolution is only 1024×600. This makes it far less than what the Nexus 7 has to offer. If you don’t mind this though then this device is perfect for you.

If you’ve got an extra $30 to spare then you’re probably better off getting the Nexus 7 since it’s got a much more powerful processor, higher resolution screen, bigger battery and better software support.

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