In one of the stranger online leaks of the summer, we’ve seen a brand new Hewlett Packard (HP) device make a splash this week, but it’s not all as you might think.
The HP Red as it’s currently listed as, is another entry onto the tablet market by the company, which is famed for its work with computers rather than its mobile tech.
Previously, HP has released several tablets onto the market, often aimed toward the lower end of scale, appealing to users not looking to spend iPad style cash but featuring a recognised name, receiving mixed reviews.
But if this leak is to be believed, we could well be seeing the first high-end slate from HP, albeit a slightly confusing one.
The HP Red is reportedly set to feature a whopping 16” display, which itself packs a 2048x1536 resolution, making it one of the largest tablets in the UK.
The tablet is supported by a Snapdragon 800 chipset, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM, specs not too dissimilar from a flagship smartphone.
16GB internal storage is included on the device, which will almost certainly feature an expandable memory slot and should be enough to handle most tablet uses, which would mainly echo toward media playback given the size of the display.
The tablet is also set to feature an 8 megapixel camera on its back side, along with a 2 megapixel front lens, making video calls and selfies a doddle.
Android 4.4.2 KitKat is the operating system listed in the leak, which could well be upgraded to Android L is Google pulls its finger out on the release, but even if it doesn’t, an update could be on the cards for the slate.
The strangest part of the leak, which is listed on GFXBench, shows the tablet featuring an accelerometer, barometer, compass, NFC, pedometer, proximity sensor and GPS, some of which make no sense being on a tablet.
Whilst NFC definitely makes sense, having a pedometer doesn’t quite seem to add up if you ask us, and is something definitely more worthwhile on a smartphone compared to a tablet.
Of course, this could be a typo by either HP or GFXBench, but it’s highly unlikely that it would still be up for all to see right now if it was some sort of mistake.
Other than this odd inclusion, we definitely like the looks of a tablet with a decent quality 16” display like this, opening doors for a tablet more than capable of managing high workloads.
Until we see an actual announcement of this tablet though, you’re probably not better off holding your breath for now, as it could well end up just being a bit of an experiment by HP or it could well drop from development.
For now though, it’s looking more and more like this tablet could well be the real deal, with a release date possibly on the cards for before the end of the year.
Written by Luke Hatfield