CES 2013: A look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MDP tablet

(Update on 15/1/2013: We have confirmed that the tablet has been running Windows RT internally, that it has an 11.6in full HD display, that it has a front facing 2-megapixel camera, nine microphones for Fluent Pro)

Qualcomm is showcasing its latest mobile development tablet (otherwise known as the MDP/Tablet) on its booth at CES 2013, one which comes with its new flagship system-on-chip, the Snapdragon 800, a chip that can encode and decode 4K UHD content in real time as well as 7.1 surround sound. We had a brief look at the device and Qualcomm policy is, understandably, look but no touch with taking it off its docking station totally out of question.

On the outside, the device is underwhelming which again is comprehensible given that it is aimed at developers and will be used as a template for tablets. Therefore its design is meant to be practical and functional rather than eye pleasing. Compared to the previous MDP tablet, the one that features the APQ8064, the new model is rectangular rather than curvy and its chassis reminded us of some slimline external optical drives on the market.

The device is running the MSM8974 which is THE top of the range chip from Qualcomm, clocked at 2.3GHz, with four cores and a new GPU, the Adreno 330. It comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a front facing camera, a 10.1in display (with what appears to be a full HD resolution), a rear 12-megapixel camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, HDMI, USB 3.0 (b-type), SD card slot and a physical front button.

The APQ8064 model retails for $1299 and we suspect that the new version will cost even more when it goes on sale at Bsquare. We haven't been able to confirm whether it will have seven microphones or if the battery will have a 5,200mAh capacity as the previous model but there's no fingerprint reader. Note that the model on display at Qualcomm is likely to be a preproduction model, expect the final version to be slight different.