After quietly unveiling new 6- and 7-inch budget Android tablets at Mobile World Congress last month, HP is going even further under the radar with today’s launch of the HP 8, a 7.85-inch Android slate priced at $170. It’s available in the U.S. now.
The plainly-named device looks like more of a follow-up to last year’s HP Slate 7 than a continuation of the Slate VoiceTabs we saw at MWC, however. It sports an unspectacular 1024 x 768 resolution IPS display, and its overall profile looks to be rather ordinary, though that’s to be expected at this price range.
Internally, the HP 8 packs a quad-core ARM chip from Allwinner, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 3800mAh battery that HP claims to give 7 hours of juice. It runs on the older Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), and is punctuated by 2- and 0.3-megapixel cameras.
The whole package measures 200.3 x 136.3 x 7.95mm and weighs 0.69 pounds. Alongside the 8, HP is also offering a $30 cover case, which is available in baby blue.