Rumor: Next-gen Asus FonePad and 2 new MeMo Pad tablets on the way
Just last week, a leaked Asus roadmap unofficially spilled the beans on as many as five new devices with rather
awful awe-inspiring names: the MeMOFone HD 5, MeMO Pad HD 8 and PadFone Mini. The roadmap also alluded to the addition of two new Transformer Pad tablets.
Thanks to some crafty sleuthing from the folks over at Notebook Italia, we now believe that the company is also working on a next-gen FonePad HD 7 and a brand new tablet, the MeMO Pad HD 10.
While the previous Asus leak didn’t bring us any hardware details, today’s rumor is a bit more generous, with spec details coming from a combination of retail listings and benchmark sightings. Not only do we have specs for the FonePad HD 7 and MeMO Pad HD 10, we also now know a little more about what to expect from the MeMO Pad HD 8.
FonePad HD 7
The original 7-inch FonePad might have included just a 1.2GHz Atom Z2420 single-core processor, but this time around the device trades up for a faster 1.6GHz Atom Z2560 dual-core CPU.
The FonePad HD 7 also features a 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and PowerVR SGX 544MP2 graphics. Some of the tablet’s other goodies include rear and front cams, Bluetooth, 3G and WiFi. The tablet’s battery life is rated for about 9 hours of use.
Asus MeMO Pad HD 8
While there is already a MeMO Pad HD 7, it appears that Asus wishes to capitalize on the growing popularity of 8-inch tablets by introducing a new model that adds just an inch to the display size.
We don’t know tons about the specs, but the tablet will apparently be powered by a 1.6GHz unspecified ARM processor and will have a display of 1280 x 800. The device is also expected to ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Asus MeMO Pad HD 10
Wait… doesn’t this already exist? Well no, that’s actually the Asus MeMO Pad FHD 10 you are thinking of. Confusing, we know.
Unlike the FHD 10, the HD 10 does not have an Atom processor or full-HD display, and instead will feature a Rockchip quad-core processor, front/rear cameras, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage and a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display. It will also have WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G support.
We probably don’t need to say it, but remember that these none of these products are official just yet, and so speculation is advised. If any of these devices truly are in the pipeline, we wouldn’t be too terribly surprised if at least a few of them are revealed at IFA, come September.