Just before MWC 2013, HP has announced the HP Slate 7, its new Android tablet which aims towards the entry level segment with a USD$169 price tag. Specs-wise it is powered with a dual-core 1.6GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and it comes with 8GB of on-board storage.
The storage is expandable as well with the microSD slot conveniently located at the top. For display it has a 7″ Field Fringe Switching LCD that pushes a modest 1024×600 pixels resolution. At the back it has a 3MP camera and there’s VGA resolution camera at the front. During our hands-on, it runs on the current Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The HP Slate 7 also comes with beats audio enhancement as well.
In the hands, it reminds us of the original 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab with its sturdy flat edges and there are 2 colour options available – dark grey or red. With a price tag of about RM550, the Slate 7 is fighting head on with the 7″ ASUS Memo Pad. Compared to the Slate 7, the Memo Pad is a notch back with its a single core 1GHz processor and lacks a rear camera. In terms of availability, it will go on sale in the US starting on April 2013.
Head after the break for the hands-on video and additional photos.
HP pulled out something no one expected with the Slate 7, a 7-inch Android tablet that sells for US$169 (about RM530) with its sights set on the Nexus 7 as they duke it out in the hotly contested cheap 7-inch tablet market.
The Android 4.1 running Slate 7 features a stainless steel frame construction with a soft touch plastic back panel. The average 7-inch 1024×600 pixel display pushes roughly 170ppi. Powering the device is an A9 1.6GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. There’s also Beats Audio embedded into the device but judging by the price, we’re pretty sure that the enhancement is nothing more than just some gimmicky software trickery. There’s a 3MP camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for chatting, videos and photos as well. Other “smart” features include the ability to print wirelessly using compatible HP printers.
As far as cheap tablets go, the Slate 7 looks like any other in a seas of cheap tablets with nothing special to differentiate it from the race. The device will go on sale in the U.S. in April and if you’re wondering when its coming to Malaysia — stop, because we don’t think it will. Besides, we have better choices here anyway.