It’s been a long while coming, but HP has finally made its Android tablet, the HP Slate 7, available for purchase in the US from its website.
Priced at a bargain basement $169.99, it unsurprisingly doesn’t offer top notch specs, but deserves a fair shout out for any prospective tablet buyers who are looking at value for their money, instead of getting an iPad sized hole burnt in their pockets.
The HP Slate 7 is available for purchase from the official HP website at the aforementioned price of $169.99. As its name indicates, the Slate 7 is a 7 inch Android tablet that comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box.
Like the exceedingly popular Google Nexus 7, this 7 inch budget tablet has a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage memory (that happens to expandable to boot, unlike the Nexus 7).
The battery is rather below par though, being rated at 3500 mAh (almost a 1000 mAh less than the Nexus tablet). The processor is a dual core 1.6 Ghz A9 Cortex processor, and HP claims that its low power consumption will compensate for any perceived lack of battery juice.
Like a lot of new HP and HTC devices, the HP Slate 7 comes with Beats Audio – ensuring some deep, booming bass in its audio output at all times.
With a metal build, it feels a bit more premium than the Nexus 7, but it’s hard to really to markedly point out an area where the Slate 7 is markedly superior to the Nexus 7, despite launching so many months later than the latter (albeit at $30).
Our best guess is that the Slate 7 might get a short run in the market, but the upgraded Nexus 7 that’s expected to launch in a couple of months will usurp its sales in any case.
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