Hewlett-Packard re-entered tablet market, this time they left WebOS, Windows 8 and released their first-ever Android tablet, today at the Mobile World Congress, they announced HP Slate 7, a 7-inch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet priced at $170 (around RS 9,500) and the tablet will be available in US retail market in April,2013.
Looking in to the key features of the device, HP Slate 7 has a 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable via microSD slot), 3MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and VGA front camera.
The tablet will run on stock Android OS with slightly modified user interface, the tablet will arrive with stock-Google icons, widgets, wallpapers and apps. Like latest Nexus devices , the Slate 7 uses software navigation buttons rather than hardware ones. Also, the tablet supports Google Now, with a long press and swipe up from the home button you can get Google Now.
“Many of the aggressively priced tablets on the market cut corners to hit a price point. That’s not the case here. For your money you get a smartly-designed device, with smart features to match. As you can see from the pictures, this value-priced tablet looks anything BUT value-level quality,” HP noted in a blog post.
Looking in to the display of the tablet, HP Slate 7 has an undisclosed variety powering a 1024 x 600 resolution FFS+ LCD touchscreen display, which HP says will boast wide viewing angles and perform well in low light.
Another highlights of the tablet include : Beats Audio for enhanced audio output and HP ePrint app, which allows the tablet owners to use Wi-Fi to print documents or images from their tablet with an HP printer.
Packed in a stainless-steel frame, HP Slate 7 is 10.77mm thick, 197mm tall and 116mm wide, weighing at about 13 ounces(368 grams).However slate 7 does not have fancy features like GPS or NFC, which will be a disadvantage for this cheap tablet.
HP Slate 7 will be available in Silver and Red colours, the tablet can be purchased in the United States in April via HPDirect.com Want more information? Go to www.hp.com/slate.