You may still remember about what happened to HP when it introduce its own WebOS Tablet. Nowadays, after dabbling in the tablet space with Windows and ill-fated webOS models over the past few years, HP is finally launching its first Android tablet. With the price as low as $169, HP Slate 7 is a 7 inch tablet which packs mediocre specs. Perhaps HP learned something when the $499 HP TouchPad sold poorly only until the company discontinued the product and launched a $99 fire sale.
The HP Slate 7 features a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. It’ll sell for $169 starting in April. That’s just a few dollars more than an entry-level Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. However, unlike the Kindle Fire, the HP Slate 7 will have a microSD card slot for extra storage. It runs a standard version of Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software, and it has full access to the Google Play Store and other Google apps.
Of course, the HP Slate 7 isn’t much cheaper than Google’s $199 Nexus 7 tablet which has a faster processor, more storage, and other premium features. But HP’s tablet has front and rear cameras, which the Nexus 7 lacks, and it’ll be available in either gray or red, if color options play a role in your tablet purchasing decisions.
As to me, The next generation of HP Slate 7 get what is needed to Low end market. However it is still not attractive enough for users comparing with Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire.