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Dec 17, 2013

ASUS Padfone X (Unannounced) Emerges Online

ASUS might soon make official a new device in the popular Padfone series, one that has been spotted online recently as ASUS Padfone X.

The device made an appearance in the AnTuTu database and is expected to arrive on the market as the successor of last year’s Padfone 2. The Padfone X is said to launch with Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat operating system loaded on top right from the start, though it remains to be seen whether it will be called Padfone 3 or something else. Furthermore, the upcoming device should hit shelves with a Snapdragon 800 MSM-8974AB processor packed inside, as well as with 2GB of RAM, a recent post on PhoneArena notes. No specific info on the smartphone’s display size has been provided as of now, but it seems that ASUS will have it deliver a 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution.

The upcoming mobile phone is also said to arrive on shelves with 16GB of internal memory, though no details on a possible microSD memory card slot have been provided as of now. On the back, the phone should sport at least a 5-megapixel camera, though an 8MP or a 13MP one is more likely, considering the rest of the specifications. What remains to be seen is what size the tablet that accompanies the smartphone will be, and whether the aforementioned 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution applies to it instead. No official confirmation on the device has emerged until now, and chances are that its final specifications will change from what was mentioned above, so take these with a grain of salt.

However, it might not be too long before ASUS decides to make a formal announcement on this handset and tablet PC combo, especially with CES 2014 approaching fast, so stay tuned for more on the matter. In case you missed previous news on ASUS’ Padfone family, you should know that the company launched a 4.3-inch Padfone mini smartphone only a few weeks ago. It is accompanied by a 7-inch tablet case.

ASUS padfone X in benchmarks
Image credits to PhoneArena

HP Slate 21 Pro Maxi Tablet Emerge on Benchmark Site

HP has unleashed a flurry of tablet devices these past few months and the company doesn't plan to stop here.

Apparently, the PC manufacturer is planning to roll out a professional version of its maxi tablet, the HP Slate 21, which is already available on the market. The HP Slate 21 Pro has been spotted at the GFX Benchmark website and will feature a lot of the same technical specifications found in the slate mentioned above. More than that, it will probably even borrow a lot of design cues, as well. The gigantic tablet will be aimed at the business crowd of course, but so far we don’t have the complete picture when it comes to specifications. The product will feature a 21.5-inch full HD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (1920 x 1032 in the GFX Benchmark scores) and bundle an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor.

That this is a new model is indicated by the  “Moon” code-name, which is different from the “Mars” given to the current model. Also, the Pro version will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, not Android 4.2. We will keep you posted as more information comes up, but I think the business edition of the HP Slate Pro 21 could be announced as soon as January 2014.

HP Slate 21 Pro spotted on benchmark site (click to see it in full)
Image credits to GFX Benchmark

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