The Slate 7, HP’s offering in the budget tablet segment, is now ready to be picked up for a comfortable $170. The tablet is all about mediocrity, which matches the selling price rather well, though the unit has moments of brilliance as well. Take, for instance, the Beats Audio software, which should allow for one of the best audible experience on a budget tablet. Together with the price point and a decent performance, this makes for a really appealing tablet proposition.
The rest of the specification story is already well known: a 1.6 GHz dual core chip, 1 GB of RAM, and a 8 GB internal storage. The tablet comes with support for a micro SD card that maxes out at 32 GB. The tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but comes with a rather sedate 1024 x 600 pixel display. That’s not terrible, but there are better options available. Case in point, the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD, both of which offer 1280 x 800 pixel display and 16 GB of storage for just $199. However, the Slate 7 comes in an all metal body.
Nevertheless, the HP Slate 7 is worth checking out, more so since it has made its retail debut in the US. Earlier, it was caught in a misprint imbroglio that led many to believe it has been delayed to June. Good to see it is sticking to its schedule.