Rumor has it that ASUS is planning on showing off a couple of new devices in the coming months. After launching the ASUS FonePad in April, ASUS is said to be previewing the next generation of Nexus 7s in May (most likely at Google’s I/O conference), and launching a brand new phone in June. The rumors come from sources who tipped off Digitimes. The rumors don’t seem far from the truth, however, because we already know that Google plans on launching a successor to its current Nexus 7.
First up is the new phone. ASUS’s new smartphone will have a 5 to 5.5-inch display, and will also have an Intel Atom Z2580 Clover Trail+ processor. Intel processors may start being a trend for ASUS, who is also using an Intel Atom 2420 processor in its ASUS FonePad. But unlike the 1.2GHz single-core processor on the FonePad, ASUS’s upcoming smartphone’s processor will be dual-core and will be clocked up to 2GHz.
Next up is the next generation of Nexus 7s. The devices will obviously see enhancements, but unfortunately the sources did not state what kinds. The device will see a price point starting at $249 and will directly compete with the high-end 7-inch and 8-inch tablets heading to the market. Rumors have circulated that the device will have a Full HD display as well as a thinner bezel.
Both of the devices are set to impress. Despite the Intel Atom Z2580 being only dual-core, benchmarks have shown it beating out the Snapdragon S4 Pro time and time again. The CPU supports up to 2GB of RAM, HSPA+, 16MP rear-facing cameras, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is said to also be great at optimizing battery life. The new Nexus 7, judging from its predecessor, shall be an outstanding device as well.[via DigiTimes]