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Asus gearing up for a new 9.6-inch Android tablet

Asus gearing up for a new 9.6-inch Android tablet
Asus gearing up for a new 9.6-inch Android tablet
A GFXBench entry strongly hints at a Galaxy Tab S3 competitor from Asus with a MediaTek SoC and a similar 9.6-inch 4:3 QXGA display.

Samsung just recently launched its updated 9.6-inch Android tablet sporting an impressive native resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and Apple will soon introduce its own refreshed iPad models as well. Not to be outdone, Asus may be gearing up for its own Android entry as stats from GFXBench reveal an upcoming 9.6-inch model from the Taiwanese manufacturer equipped with the same native display resolution as the new Galaxy Tab S3.

Other core specifications for the unnamed Asus tablet include:

  • Quad-core MediaTek MT8173 SoC (2x Cortex-A72 + 2x Cortex-A53)
  • 64 GB eMMC
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 7 MP rear + 4.7 MP frontcameras
  • Android 7.0 Nougat

Notably, the tablet will appear to ship with a MediaTek processor instead of a Snapdragon solution possibly in an attempt to cut down on costs. In comparison, Asus' Transformer series of tablets formerly shipped with Nvidia Tegra and Intel Atom SoCs. Its latest Transformer model is a Windows tablet shipping with a full-fledged i7-6500U to compete directly against the Surface Pro series. The manufacturer has not yet announced anything official regarding the leaked data and is instead focusing on its recently revealed lineup of Zenfone smartphones.



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Allen Ngo, 2017-03-20 (Update: 2017-03-20)