That was kind of unexpected. With not much warning, HP announced not one, not two, but four new tablets, the HP Slate 7 HD, Slate 10 HD, Slate 7 Extreme and Slate 8 Pro. Apparently, HP is taking this whole tablet business seriously and is rapidly expanding its portfolio. All four Android tablets are scheduled for release some time in November, with more details on availability and pricing coming closer to launch date.
HP Slate HD vs. Slate Extreme vs. Slate Pro
The Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD are essentially the same device only with different screen size. As you might have guessed from the name, the displays measure 7 and 10 inches diagonally and both offer 1280 x 800 HD resolution. Both tablets are powered by a dual-core Marvell processor paired with 1 GB of RAM and offer either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory expandable via microSD slot.
Both tablets are equipped with a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel user-facing sensor. Both, the HP Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD, will come with two years of free T-Mobile data service, so you will have 200 MB of data per month at absolutely no cost.
The Slate 7 Extreme and Slate 8 Pro remain a bit more mysterious and are missing some technical details. All we know, is that the Slate 7 Extreme features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display and is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. The tablet is bundled with “a precision stylus pen” and offers “room-booming audio with front firing speakers.”
The Slate 8 Pro packs an 8-inch display with 1600 x 1200 resolution at 4:3 aspect ratio. Other features include a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. All tablets run Android OS, though we cannot confirm with certainty which version.