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Apple Beware, Asus Has A Tegra 4-Powered Tablet With ‘Retina’ Display In The Pipeline

As passionate as we all are about all things Android and as much as we’d like to claim our favorite OS is closing the gap against Apple in the tablet arena, we have to admit Google is still a long way from winning that battle.


But solid, budget-conscious slates such as the Nexus 7 are at least keeping our hopes alive and maybe, just maybe there will be a couple of 10-inch, top-notch contenders around in a few months or so. We know of at least one suspect starting today, a mystery Asus Eee Pad benchmarked over at GFX Bench not long ago.

Aside from being a part of the Eee Pad family, this fellow doesn’t really have a name yet, though a cryptic “Taurus” moniker seems to be in the cards. If I were to speculate, I’d say there’s a good chance we’re looking at a Transformer Pad Infinity 700 follow-up, but that’s not really of major importance right now.

What’s much more relevant is the presence of an Nvidia Tegra 4 chip beneath the tab’s hood and most of all the display’s “Retina” resolution. I know what you’re thinking. “Retina” is a marketing term coined by Apple, so Asus won’t be able to use it once this thing is out and about. For now however, it’s a good, albeit sneaky, way of building some hype.

Asus Eee Pad

The Eee Pad’s “Retina” panel is apparently boasting a stunning 2,560 x 1,504 pixels resolution, which will technically translate into 2,560 x 1,600 when adding the on-screen buttons in the equation. That’s a breathtaking 299 ppi pixel density (assuming the display is a 10.1-inch unit), which is far superior to that of the fourth-gen Apple iPad and on-par with the Nexus 10.

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro is another fella that packs a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, although the resulting ppi is well below Asus’ 299. Shall I go on about how awesome this tab’s display should be? Let’s not.

Meanwhile, it’s interesting to see that, despite gloomy projections, Nvidia’s Tegra 4 platform seems to be grabbing more and more headlines. In this particular case, we’re dealing with a CPU powering four cores (duh!) and running at a clock speed of 1.9 GHz.

The only other detail known at the moment about the Asus Eee Pad “Taurus” is it runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Of course, considering the leak’s timing, we expect the gizmo to become official next month, during IFA, so be sure to check back with us in due time. Oh, and a little message for Cupertino. Be afraid! Be very afraid!

Via [GFX Bench]

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.


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).

HP Slate 8 Pro

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]