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.
Update: It’s confirmed. Samsung have started issuing invites to international media for an Unpacked event in New York happening on March 14, 7pm (that’s March 15, 7am Malaysian time). There will also be a live stream for everyone to watch on the day.
Last year, the Galaxy S III was launched in London but this year Shin said that Samsung has been “bombarded” with requests from U.S. mobile operators to launch the device in New York, right in Apple’s home turf. The last time that Samsung launched a device in the United States was three years ago when it launched the Galaxy S.
In Malaysia, Samsung is enjoying a comfortable position in the smartphone market and its a safe bet to expect the Malaysian operations to maintain if not increase its position over competitors with even more aggressive marketing spend and a fast launch-to-availability turnaround time. It’s not impossible for Samsung to make the Galaxy S IV available in Malaysia as early as April.
The Galaxy S IV will be one of the most anticipated Android smartphones this year. The device is expected to feature a developed in house 8-core processor, a full HD 1080p ultra-tough display and a better camera with a host of smart features amongst other enhancements.
Beyond this, we are expecting Samsung to improve on the build quality of previous Galaxy S smartphones with better materials and also an updated design language to compete with ultra-sexy Androids like the Sony Xperia Z and the all-new HTC One.