Asus Chooses Intel's Atom Processor to Power MeMO Pad FHD 10 Android Tablet

Asus Chooses Intel's Atom Processor to Power MeMO Pad FHD 10 Android Tablet

Asus is kind of quietly positioning itself as the king of Android tablets by offering a wide range of attractive models. There's the Nexus 7, which is offered by Google but manufactured by Asus, the affordable MeMO Pad HD 7 that sells for just $150, the also-affordable MeMO Pad Smart 10, and now the MeMO Pad FHD 10, the newest addition to the MeMO Pad family and the one with the highest resolution.

As the model name implies, the FHD version sports a Full HD 1080p (1920x1200) IPS display measuring 10.1 inches. Powering all those pixels is an Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz and 2GB of RAM. The 32nm processor supports Hyper Threading and has 1MB of cache.

Asus MeMO Pad FHD 10

Other features include a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and 1080p Full HD video recording, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB more (plus 5GB of free lifetime Asus WebStorage), and a battery that's good for up to 10 hours of video playback.

Asus didn't say when the MeMO Pad FHD 10 will be available for purchase or for how much.
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the question with x86 android devices is... Will developers create apps for the platform? You can't run Arm based android apps on an x86 chip unless you use some sort of virtualization technology which would take a performance hit.

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Actually, most Android apps are hardware agnostic... It's only the small percentage of native apps, like video games, that require developers to make them to run on x86...

Some mitigating circumstances though are that one, Intel uses a Binary Translation Layer for their Android running mobile SoCs that like emulation helps alleviate the compatibility issue.

While also, Google officially supports Android on x86 and has already provided the developers with all the tools they need to support both platforms easily.

There was some initial issues when Intel Android devices, like the Motorola Razr i, first came out but after a year the app support has steadily improved and you can be fairly certain that over 90% of all apps will work!

Here's a youtube video showing the Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 running some games for example...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGO5U4OBNOA

It's still last gen Intel ATOM... So don't expect performance to rival top of the line ARM SoCs like Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 but it'll edge out say a Tegra 3 for when apps are properly optimized for it but dip somewhere below when it has to work with ARM optimized native apps.

While, we'll see how things improve when Bay Trail comes out towards the end of the year...

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Where in the tablet world is Jaguar core?

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Gigabyte is suppose to be releasing a AMD Temash based tablet and Quanta showed off a prototype not that long ago... but don't expect much in the same range as mobile tablets.

Only the lowest end dual core A4-1200 Temash is really low powered enough to go into a fan-less design... So rest would still go into tablets with case fans and probably 11.6" and larger... though that could be ideal for hybrids...

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