Just yesterday, a new unknown device, simply called the HP “Bodhi”, appeared on GFX Bench’s list of result. The Tegra 4 powered device put in a decent performance, as you’d expect from something powered by Nvidia’s latest mobile graphics technology, but it was a bit of a mystery device. Fortunately, the device’s name has now been changed, suggesting that it’s a new tablet from HP called the Slate 8 Pro.
HP’s current Slate 7 doesn’t appear to have captured much interest in the tablet market, but perhaps this hardware update can provide some competition to the almighty Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab, providing that the price is right of course.
Hardware wise, the Tegra 4 chip will be clocked at 1.8Ghz, which is a significant upgrade over the old dual-core Cortex A9 chip found in its predecessor, and should easily outrun the Nexus 7 2013. The tablet supposedly also comes with a 1,600 x 1,200 pixel display, which would provide a rather nice 250 ppi, providing that the new Slate is an 8-inch tablet. To top off the features list, there’s also 2GB of RAM, a 5,000 mAh battery, Android 4.2.2, and microSD card support for additional storage.
Of course, some of this could be subject to revision before any official announcement, and we’re still not quite sure exactly how big the tablet will be or how much storage it will come with. But if HP keeps the price in a similar range to the Slate 7, the specs listed here could make the Slate 8 Pro a real contender in the mid-range tablet market.
Obviously, there currently isn’t any information available on pricing or a potential release date, but hopefully we’ll officially know more about the Slate 8 Pro soon.