The Slate 7 marks HP’s second coming at the mainstream tablet segment. Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (almost the stock Android version), the tablet has been priced incredibly low at just $169. HP is claiming it hasn’t resorted to price cutting measures to arrive at the low price point, but is all about delivering the maximum bang for every buck.
Upfront lies a 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display that boasts of High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) technology. Behind it lies a 1.6 GHz Dual Core Cortex-A9 chip that works in conjunction with a 1 GB RAM along with 8 GB of storage. There is also a microSD card slot to allow for more memory expansion.
Other salient features of the Slate 7 include a VGA and 3 megapixel front and rear shooter, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The tablet weighs incredibly light at just 368 grams in spite of it featuring a stainless steel frame. The Slate 7 will have full access to the Google PlayStore while also coming pre-installed with the full suite of Google apps. The tablet will also feature Beats Audio along with support for cloud printing with HP’s ePrint. What the latter bit means is that users will be able to direct their printing jobs remotely with the Slate 7 to a compatible HP printer. A nice innovative feature that shows HP’s intention at developing an ecosystem surrounding its gadgets.
The Slate 7 will be available in color options of red and silver and will go on sale in the US from April for $169. This will be followed by a launch in Europe and the rest of the world. The tablet sports decent specs at best and fails to impress with its looks as well, what with the quite thick bezel layout. The low price point along with the added color options does make it seem a bit attractive though.