HP will soon release its first tablet running Google Android. The device, unveiled at MWC today, will have a 7-inch display and a remarkably low price of $170.
Although a powerhouse in laptops, HP has struggled to be relevant in the mobile market. It makes tablets running Windows 8, but these cost much more than this upcoming Android-based will.
“Our new HP Slate 7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, while our ground-breaking, business-ready HP ElitePad on Windows 8 is ideal for enterprises and governments. Both deliver the service and support people expect from HP,” said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP.
At $170, the Slate 7 is going to undercut rivals like the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD, which start at $200.
HP says this tablet is going to be released in April. It’s only being unveiled now so it can be shown off at MWC 2013.
HP Slate 7 Specs
This tablet’s 7.0-inch display will have a resolution of 1024 x 600-pixels. That’s a bit lower than the resolution offered by the Nexus 7, but its an example of the kind of compromises necessary to get its low price. Still, HP says its High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel is going to offer wide viewing angles.
It will have a 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor. The Nexus 7 has a quad-core processor.
The Slate 7 will run Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), with 8GB of internal storage. This will be expandable with a microSD memory card slot — a feature the Nexus 7 lacks,
It will include a 3-megapixel rear camera and a VGA camera on the front for video conferencing. This will be the first tablet with Beats Audio technology, something usually seen on HTC smartphones.
HP hasn’t revealed the exact battery capacity, but did say the Slate 7 will be capable of 5 hours of video playback on a single charge.
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