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Asus K005 (MeMo Pad Smart 2) gets FCC’s stamp of approval, packs Qualcomm’s S4 Pro SoC

An Asus tablet going by the K005 codename has been spotted getting FCC certified very recently with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU beneath the hood. The device will likely be marketed as the MeMo Pad Smart 2. 

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Asus launch a high-end Android tablet, with most of the company’s focus of late being on budget-conscious slates like the Nexus 7, MeMo Pad Smart and MeMo Pad 7.

But it appears it won’t be long until last year’s Transformer Pad Infinity will get a follow-up of sorts, known right now under two codenames: K005 and ME302KL. Rumor has it the new slate will be marketed as the MeMo Pad Smart 2, but it may not have a lot in common with the first-gen affordable 10-incher.

For one thing, it will reportedly replace the slightly dated Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with a newer one from Qualcomm. Namely, a Snapdragon S4 Pro with four cores and likely clocked at 1.7 GHz. True, that chip’s successor, the Snapdragon 600, is the cream of the crop nowadays, but it’s not like the S4 Pro is so much slower than it.

But before going any further with the new tab’s speculated spec sheet, let’s mention that, while the thing is not yet official, a formal intro is most certainly right around the corner. Spotted getting the regulatory approval from Taiwan’s NCC just a couple of weeks ago, the K005 has very recently paid America’s FCC a visit too.

FCC’s internal docs reveal, among others, that the tab will come with AT&T-compatible GSM, CDMA and LTE support in tow, which is definitely to be filed under good news. The packing of a 6,560 mAh battery is nearly set in stone as well, though we can’t say we love the sound of that, given the Nexus 10, one of the most impressive current Android 10-inchers, features a much beefier 9,000 mAh ticker.

Other features, this time rumored and hence not very certain, include 1 gig of RAM, the running of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 13 MP rear camera (!!!), 16 GB of internal memory and microSD support. We’ve also heard word of the tab’s weight (579 grams) and thickness (9.9 mm), although that should be clearly taken with the proverbial pinch of salt.

All things considered, if Asus prices this fellow at, say, $350 and brings it to light in the next couple of months, it has the potential to become a hit in no time. Am I right or am I right?

Source: Chinese VR-Zone

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