It has been a while, but HP is officially back in the tablet market. I don’t know if anyone has missed them, but the HP representatives are at the Mobile World Congress and have just announced their first tablet named Slate 7. The Slate 7 is meant as a low-end device just for that it will be having a small price, as well. The tablet can somehow be compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 as it has a FFs+ LCD display and it’s powered by a dual-core A9 CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz. The HP Slate 7 also comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD card. The company stated that the tablet will come it at least two color versions. Both cameras featured by the Slate 7 are less than impressive, the rear-facing one having only 3MP, while in the front the tablet sports a simple VGA shooter.
But enough about the hardware because there nothing fun in them. Probably the most interesting aspect is that the HP Slate 7 is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Yes, this comes as a surprise for me too. And there is more, the standard operating system hasn’t been altered almost at all, the only HP additions being the ePrint applications and the Beats Audio (a couple of stereo speakers that looks like they are integrated into the body TouchPad-style). Apart from these minor additions, the Slate 7 runs entirely stock Jelly Bean.
This may be a game changer that will definitely drag at least some attention from the Android fans. And if we add the price which will be $170, the HP Slate 7 sounds like a product that people should consider buying. The hardware is rounded out by a rather thick 10.7 mm rubber case .
Let’s face it, there are much worse tablets out there, at least at a similar price, but if you have more money to spend the HP Slate 7 would be among the last choices.
Anyway, if HP decided to embrace the Android world, then I am very interested to see with what new product will the company come up with next, as I’m sure that HP won’t stick just to low-end devices.
So, for those who are actually interested in the Slate 7, you will be able to purchase it starting in April.