The wait is over for HP’s first Android-based tablet, the Slate 7. At just $170, this is among the most affordable tablets from a name-brand company on the market.
It was unveiled in February, opening a new chapter for HP’s mobile offerings. The company already makes tablets running Windows 8, and briefly offered the webOS-based TouchPad back in 2011, but this is its initial model running Google’s popular operating system.
The Slate 7 can be purchased now from HP’s website.
More about the HP Slate 7
At $170, the Slate 7 undercuts rivals like the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD, which start at $200.
This tablet’s 7.0-inch display has a relatively low resolution of 1024 x 600-pixels. It includes a 3-megapixel rear camera and a VGA camera on the front for video conferencing.
Under the hood, the Slate 7 has a 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, with 1GB of RAM, and it runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), with 8GB of internal storage. This is expandable with a microSD memory card slot.
There is a 3500mAh battery, as well as support for Beats Audio, an unusual feature on a tablet.
Check out our HP Slate 7 Hands-On Preview to learn more about this computer.