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ASUS announces new full HD tablet at Qualcomm’s keynote


At the Qualcomm keynote today, ASUS CEO Jerry Shen took to the stage to announce a new Android tablet, called the MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE, which will be available next quarter. The tablet will most likely feature a Snapdragon SoC, although whether it will be the 800 remains to be seen.

Shen also mentioned that the tablet will feature a full HD screen, and from the pictures this tablet looks similar to the MeMo Pad FHD 10. ASUS announced the MeMo Pad FHD 10 this week, and it is based on Intel’s Clovertrail+ architecture,  featuring Intel’s Atom Z2560, a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU along with PowerVR SGX 544MP2 graphics.

It is interesting that ASUS is looking to launch another tablet, and one that is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC. Already it has launched the Transformer Pad Infinity that is based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 SoC. With the MeMo Pad, it has a tablet that is using Intel’s Clovertrail+ architecture. Let’s take a look at how these architectures differ and what they mean in terms of how powerful these tablets will be.

The Transformer Pad Infinity features the Tegra 4 SoC, which contains a quad-core ARM Cortex A15 along with a fifth-A15 core that is used in power-conservation mode, along with a 72-core GeForce GPU. The four main cores clock in at 1.9GHz with the fifth core running at 825MHz. And Tegra 4 remains the only SoC in which the GPU uses discrete pixel and vertex shaders, unlike a unified shader model that is used in other SoCs that we see today.

The MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE, which was announced today, should feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC, which comes with four Krait 400 cores, which will be able to run at a max frequency of 2.3GHz. The unique characteristic about these cores is that each core can run at a different clock (async), thereby maximizing energy efficiency. When it comes to Adreno 330 GPU, it maintains the same architecture as the Adreno 320 but should see its performance doubled.

And finally, the MeMo Pad FHD 10 features Intel’s Atom Z2560, which contains a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU with a two-core PowerVR SGX 544MP2 graphics, which has a max clock of 400MHz. The graphics performance should be better than a 3rd generation iPad, but behind a 4th generation iPad. The only feature that is lacking in this tablet is LTE, and that might be a reason as to why ASUS went with Qualcomm’s offerings to launch the LTE model.

Overall, the new tablets would be great additions to the bevy of Android tablets that are in the market today.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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