Taiwanese PC hardware and mobile devices maker Asus is apparently going to launch a new Android tablet very soon. The tablet has made an appearance on the GFXBench graphics benchmark database recently, revealing a part of spec-sheet.
The tablet is going to feature a 9.6-inch display with 2048 x 1536 resolution, resulting in a pixel density figure of 267 pixels per inch. It will be running on the MediaTek MT8173 64-bit quad-core SoC with dual ARM Cortex-A72 cores and dual ARM Cortex-A53 cores arranged in a big.LITTLE configuration. It will be clocked at a high 2.1 GHz, with the Imagination Technologies PowerVR Rogue GX6250 GPU handling the graphics. The GFXBench incorrectly detected the chipset as being dodeca core (12-core), which is a little weird. While the SoC is fairly powerful for a mid-range SoC, it is manufactured on a 28nm process, so efficiency will not be as impressive as some other mid-range SoCs manufactured on a 14nm process.
In the memory department, the tablet is going to come equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The storage could perhaps be expandable, as Asus does offer memory expansion on most of its devices.
Moving on, the tablet is listed to include an 8MP resolution camera at the back with support for 1080p Full HD video recording, HDR photos, and autofocus. There is also an LED flash at the back, a feature that isn’t offered on all tablets. On the front will be a 5MP unit with support for 1080p Full HD video recording.
On the software front, the tablet was caught on GFXBench running on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, which basically confirms that it will ship with Android Nougat out of the box when it goes on sale.
Asus had launched the ZenPad 3S 10 tablet with slightly better specs recently at $405, so we expect the upcoming 9.6” tablet to be priced around the $300 mark when it goes on sale. Thanks to its high-res display, it could be a good alternative to the iPad Air 2, provided the company prices it competitively.