New ASUS tablet with high-res display unveiled in benchmarks

Android tablets are a dying breed, but ASUS won't give up without a fight. A 9.6-inch tablet was outed in the GFXBench database, carrying decent specs for an upper mid-range model. The device is powered by the MediaTek MT8173 SoC, which seems to be incorrectly listed as a "dodeca-core" (12-core) processor. Rather, it's a quad-core CPU built on a dated 28nm process. On a related note, MediaTek is, indeed, working on a 12-core chip.

The CPU is supplemented by the PowerVR GX6250 graphics unit, hopefully fast enough to power the 2048 x 1536 resolution screen without major hiccups. Added to that are 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 7MP rear camera, and a 4.7MP front cam. The tab runs Android 7.0.

ASUS' plans for the device aren't immediately clear, though the price for it should be rather affordable. Last month, the brand launched the $405 ZenPad 3S 10 which boasts similar specs, but is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC. We can't know for sure whether these tablets are compelling enough to compete with Apple's $399 iPad Air 2, however.


source: GFXBench via Digital Trends



1. fyah_king unregistered

Dude, even your ipad is a dying breed.

2. fyah_king unregistered


9. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

The difference seems to be Android tablets lately haven't been coming out with flagship level SoC and is stagnating more than iPad range.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

the new iPad Pro mini/iPad mini will use dated processor (A9) as rumor said..

15. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Oh crap, iPad Mini 5 won't have A10X !!!! I thought all iPad refreshes would get A10X since they are all big enough to take the more powerful, hotter and power hungrier X version.

3. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Okay, this is just an honest question and I admit I am completely ignorant about the I Pad as I haven't even held one in my hand my entire life. What exactly do the various I Pads offer that android tablets cannot? Do they have a better or higher resolution screen? Do they support audio and video formats that android tablets do not? Do they sport better cameras? Do they offer multitasking which android tablets do not? Are they more productive than the all but abandoned Galaxy Note series of android tablets? Can any of the nerdy guys here explain to me exactly why android tablet sales are supposedly tanking but the I Pad is still doing quite well?

7. crzykiller

Posts: 88; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

They have MUCH better screens and the productivity apps are 1000x better. The screen touch accuracy is also miles beyond android tablets. I have a OnePlus 3 and I'm an Android fanboy but android tablets suck major balls compared to the iPads. The only android tablet that is as smooth and fast is the Nvidia Shield tablet and that's a gaming tablet. No tablet has a GPU that can compare with the A9X GPU. The iPad is just a lot better in terms of hardware than the competing android tablets. High end Samsung tablets have good screen but outdated processors and are extremely laggy and unreliable. My brother works at Best Buy and the amount of defective Samsung tablets is way too large. Did I say productivity apps are much better on the iPad.... Any productivity app and games found on Android run way better and have more features on the iPad.

8. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Cool story but having an S2 privately and the iPad Pro from work, I don't recognize your "extremely laggy" or "unreliable" description at all. And the screen on the S2 is actually much better: much better contrast, much better in low light (black remains black, contrast stays), much better in direct sunlight (again thanks to contrast) and simply blows the iPad out of the water with movies or high quality pics. The only thing where it clearly loses is the speaker quality and GPU, but I'm not a gamer anyway.

14. jacksmith21006

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

"They have MUCH better screens " It sound like you are referring to iPads but this is the key reason I had switched to an Android tablet. I do a lot of reading and use an 8" tablet and there is NO tablet from Apple that can come close to say a Tab S. Hard to read anything else after you posted the EXACT opposite of the truth. You do realize that for example an iPad Mini 4 uses LCD? Yes in 2017 they are using an LCD! The Tab 2 S is OLED. Yes there have been rumors for a couple years that Apple will get to OLED but NOT yet. BTW, latest rumor is the next iPhone still NOT OLED across the board but instead a new more expensive model. How in the world can Apple still be using LCD?

17. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

My Air 2 is so much smoother then mine S2. I like having the sd card though. Hope they make a Mini Pro.

4. surethom

Posts: 1731; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Unlike phones we don't need to replace every 1, 2, or 3 years, tablets last for years so that's the only reason sales are down, its nice to an option in the tablet market other than samsung, they are way way over priced for the specs.

5. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Why do you have to replace your phones every 1,2 or 3 years? What's the reason? Did they stop working so you had to buy a new one?

6. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Hey on a completely different topic im curious if you're a big fan on Bobby deol

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

did it stop working? nope... but newer generation of flagships bring much better camera quality, better design and lots of interesting new features.. (and slight increase in performance and multitasking)

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I would have upgraded from my OnePlus One to a Note 7 given the great set of added features it was going to bring to my workflow, but from a Note 7 (Exynos variant), probably wouldn't have upgraded for another 5 years. Currently don't have enough compelling reasons to upgrade my OnePlus One to anything else out there, and definitely not the OnePlus 3T with stock Android...

13. jacksmith21006

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

Asus made the Nexus 7. Could this finally be the new Nexus 7? Please!

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