A little more than a year ago, we claimed that your next Android tablet could have Intel inside, and although Intel has not made near the splash we suggested then, it is poised to at least make some noise in the Android tablet market.
That’s because Intel will be inside a number of new tablets, including the new 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, and a few of devices announced at Computex Taipei by hometown darling Asus, including a phablet dubbed the FonePad Note, and an ordinary large-screen tablet.
The 10-inch ASUS MeMo Pad FHD 10 will look just like any other Android tablet sporting reasonable specs. It is going to have a 10-inch, 1920 x 1200 display, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 25Wh battery (good for 10 hours, according to Asus), rear-facing and front-facing cameras, and GPS. In fact the only notable spec will be the Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core 1.6GHz processor.
Intel or ARM, Who Can Tell?
From hands-on time with a prototype MeMo Pad FHD 10, it’s near impossible to discern any difference between it and any number of ARM-powered Android tablets, and that’s a good thing. It ran smoothly, with nary a hiccup or stutter.
Another good thing: the Asus MeMO Pad FHD 10 will sport a similar design as the popular Google Nexus 7 (also made by Asus), with a slightly curved back and textured grip. Unlike the Nexus, it will ship in pink, blue, or white. It’s .37-inches thick, and weighs a bit more than a pound, so it’s not the thinnest or lightest tablet on the block, nor is it the heaviest.
Maybe it’s just right. At least that’s likely what Intel is thinking, as it has yet to make a case as a serious alternative to ARM in mobile. Maybe the Asus MeMo Pad FHD 10 will help begin to change that. Unfortunately, we don’t know when that will be, as a shipping date was not announced, nor will we know how much this Asus tablet will cost.
Want something a little smaller? Be sure to read our Asus MeMo Pad HD 7 Hands-On Preview.