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HP’s most impressive Android tab yet is the Snapdragon 800-backed Pro Slate 8

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hp-slate-8-proHP first saw an opportunity to tackle the budding mobile niche right as conventional computer sales started dropping. Since then, however, the tech giant has failed to impres with its mostly humble Android tablet lineup and an overall marketing strategy that has seemed chaotic at best.

Still, its lower-than-low-cost efforts made a few waves, and next on the agenda, HP appears to be prepping an unprecedented high-end charge. The Pro Slate 8, not to be confused with the Slate 8 Pro, is pretty much the textbook definition of an Android-running iPad mini “killer,” sporting a Retina-grade 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution display.

In fact, aided by slightly less screen real estate (7.7 inches), the resulting ppi of HP’s upcoming beast is superior to iPad mini 2’s pixel density: 332 vs 324. And things only get better from there, as a beefy quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 chip takes care of processing power business inside the Pro Slate 8.

Such an explosive CPU can only be paired with a top-notch GPU (Adreno 330), and matching RAM (2 gigs), while the 8 and 2 megapixel cameras help paint the 7.7 incher a state-of-the-art picture. Naturally, Android 4.4.2 KitKat runs the software show, although depending on the bad boy’s ETA, we could see the chocolaty OS get upgraded to Android L ahead of the commercial release.

Speaking of timelines, GFX Bench, the source of all the above info, has nada to reveal, but my gut instinct tells me we’re a mere few weeks away from a formal public introduction. You go, HP!

Via [GFX Bench]

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