It has been a long wait for HP’s first Android-powered tablet, but our patience paid off and the HP Slate 7 finally hit the stores. Despite previous claims about possible launch delays, the table can be now purchased from HP’s own online store, in the US at least. It appears that there are some availability issues in Europe, so it is possible that the device will arrive on that market around June. There are no surprises in terms of pricing. The HP Slate 7 costs $169.99 as it was previously announced.
HP Slate 7 Android Tablet – Overview
The HP Slate 7 is a rather humble offering compared to other devices in similar price segment. The tablet is available in silver and red and features a 7-inch LCD touch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution. The device is powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 paired with 2 GB of RAM. In addition to 8 GB of internal memory, the HP Slate 7 has a microSD slot for storage expansion. Undoubtedly, it is a big advantage, since many tablets do not offer this option.
The HP Slate 7 is equipped with a VGA front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel rear camera, which is another big plus. Beats Audio guarantees above-average audio experience, and a 3500 mAh battery provides power. The device ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. However, if you can live without the microSD card slot and the rear camera, you might find the Nexus 7 more appealing. We are not saying that the HP Slate 7 is bad, but the Nexus 7 is more powerful and not much more expensive. But then again, it all depends on what you need.
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