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Asus Really Wants to Keep Looks a Secret with This New Tablet Caught in the FCC

August 5, 2014 - Written By Phil Bourget

The FCC is a great opportunity to see some of the latest devices go through, to either offer us a few photos of the new phone or tablet or to give us some specifications or a model number.  Asus, it seems, is getting smart with their FCC testing.  How we know this is in Asus’ latest filing for a new tablet, model number K007, whose confidentiality request said “withhold the following attachments as confidential document from public disclosure indefinitely. -Schematic diagram, Block Diagram, Parts List, Operational Description” as well as later requesting a 180 day hold on “external photos, internal photos, test setup photos, [and] Users Manual”.  Asus knew we would go digging in the FCC filings lists, so they had the photos as well as diagrams withheld from the public eye, but that did leave the Bluetooth certification report, which contains enough information to get the gist of this K007 device.

The Bluetooth Test Report from the FCC reads, on page 10 of 66 (if you had the inkling to read it yourself), reads out the specifications, the hardware details that we love to hear and see improvements in.  This one is a nice surprise, since the K007 device will have an Intel Atom (Z3560) processor which is not only quad-core running at 1.8 Ghz, but also 64-bit!  The new processors were built with Android in mind, and since Android is likely to go 64-bit within the next year, this is a great choice for a processor.  Now the rest of the specifications, of course, are rather pleasant to see as well.  We have a battery (that might be mislabeled, so be aware of that) as having a capacity of 15Ah, that’s 15,000 mAh, and that’s ridiculous.  The battery is more likely to be a 15Wh (watt-hour) battery at 3.8 volts, which gives us a roughtly-3,948 mAh battery for this tablet.  Comparing this to the same model number battery, the listing does seem to actually mean 15Wh, like with the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet, also from Asus.  Next there’s eMMC, the storage size of the device, which looks to come in both a 16 and 32 GB variant, based on the test readout.  The panel for the screen is also of interest, since it is a JDI (Japan Display Incorporated, who have been getting some flak along with OnePlus for their display problems), so the panel will likely if not certainly be an LCD panel, since Asus prefers to use LCD technology over AMOLED, historically.  But what is interesting is that there are two different model numbers for the JDI panels, and they’re almost completely different.  This could mean something, or it could be another error in the test result sheet.

Nonetheless, we know Asus really wants to keep this device’s look a secret, but is willing to share, or is legally obliged as is the case here, the internals of the device.  The tablet looks to be a great 64-bit addition to the Android and Asus tablet lineup, so keep checking back for any more discoveries regarding this new tablet.