Asus appears to be preparing to update some of its Android tablets, while introducing an entirely new model or two. Hot on the heels of a leaked product roadmap, the folks at Notebook Italia have found some retail listings and benchmark results that provide specs for at least 3 upcoming Asus devices.
Asus FonePad HD 7
First up, it looks like we can expect a new version of the Asus FonePad, which is an Android device that’s the size of a tablet, but which can make phone calls.
The FonePad HD 7 is expected to be an Android 4.2 device that feature a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ dual-core processor with PowerVR SGX 544MP2 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and up to 16GB if storage.
The tablet has front and rear cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G capabilities. It should get up to 9 hours of battery life.
Asus already offers a 7 inch tablet called the FonePad, featuring a 1280 x 800 pixel display, but the current model has a slower 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2420 single core processor. There’s also a model with a somewhat faster 1.6 GHz Atom Z2640 chip.
So while the original FonePad and the new FonePad HD all have the same screen resolution, apparently the bump to a dual-core processor is enough justification for Asus to slap the “HD” name on the new model.
It looks like Asus may have already started showing off the new FonePad HD 7 tablet in Romania earlier this month.
Asus MeMO Pad HD 10
While Asus already offers a tablet called the MeMO Pad FHD 10, it looks like the company is working on a lower-priced option that has an HD screen, but not “full HD.”
The MeMO Pad HD 10 reportedly has a 10 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a Rockchip quad-core processor, and front and rear cameras.
The tablet seems to feature WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G, although I suspect the 3G might only be available on select models.
Asus MeMO Pad HD 8
There aren’t as many details about this model, but it looks like the Asus ME180A is an 8 inch tablet with Android 4.2 software, a 1280 x 800 pixel display, and a 1.6 GHz processor, likely the same chip used in the 10 MeMO Pad HD 10.
There’s a good chance we’ll hear more about all of these tablets at the IFA trade show in Germany this September.
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