Asus MeMO Pad ME302C with x86 processor on the way

Asus appears to be testing a new MeMO Pad tablet with an x86 processor. This could be the first member of the company’s budget Android lineup to feature an Intel Atom processor instead of an ARM-based chip.

Italian site Android Aotic spotted benchmarks for an Asus MeMO Pad ME302C tablet at the GLBenchmark website.

Asus ME302C benchmarks

While there are no pictures, prices, or release dates on the site, there are a few things the benchmarks tell us about the device.

It seems to have a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, an x86 processor with a top speed of 1600 MHz and a bottom speed of 800 MHz, and the device runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

It’s likely that the device features an Intel Atom Clover Trail+ Z2560 processor and PowerVR SGX 544 graphics.

Right now Asus offers two different devices under the MeMO Pad brand. The Asus MeMO Pad ME301T is a $299 tablet with a 10 inch display and an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The MeMO Pad ME172V is a 7 inch tablet with a WonderMedia WM8950 processor and a $149 price tag.

Both are priced as bargain device, selling for less than other tablets in their size class. But while the 10 inch MeMO Pad is a pretty great tablet for the price, I was a bit underwhelmed by the display on the 7 inch model.

Judging by the name, I’m guessing it will be a 10 inch tablet, but with a full HD display it could carry a higher price tag than the ME301T, which has a 1280 x 800 pixel screen.

The ME302C does score higher than the ME301T is GLBenchmark tests, but those benchmarks are designed primarily to examine graphics performance, not all-around performance.

via Notebook Italia

 

  • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

    I am wondering how serious problem is Android app incompatibility with x86.

    Some say that 1 in 10 applications downloaded from Market run on Android/x86.

    This is strange because the primary programming technologies in Android (Java/Dalvik) are not architecture-dependent so a pure-Android-API-using application should run on x86 as well.

    If the situation is really 1/10. then x86 tablets/netbooks with Android are destined to fail.

    • CyberGusa

      Nope, compatibility is nowhere near that bad… First, Google is the one who directly provides Android for Intel, so it gets primary support for the OS.

      Second, Intel implements a binary translation layer to help reduce incompatibility and so most apps will think they’re running on a ARM device.

      While, third, most Android apps are hardware agnostic… So compatibility is mainly with those few apps that aren’t hardware agnostic and those are mainly graphical games.

      However, developers can just release x86 optimized version of their apps… Google already provides the tools to do so and it isn’t any harder than for them to do it for any ARM device.

      It’ll just take time for developers to consider x86 a option, just like say how not all games are automatically optimized for Nvidia Tegra devices but there are more now than when the Tegra first started.

      Besides, unlike regular x86, Medfield and Clover Trail+ (not to be confused with the regular/first Clover Trail) are specifically for mobile devices and running Android… Neither will run Windows 8!

  • David

    The question is whether the graphics drivers will be so locked up tight we can’t run Linux on them in a decent graphical environment. That’s where the sweet spot is with x86 tables for me. I want to try the richness of the existing Linux/Unix x86 software base in a tablet format. The tablet UI is coming along (e.g., Unity).