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Beware the bezel, but otherwise minimalist design pleases

Back in March 2014, Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) carried out a stealthy launch of a tablet packing Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android OS.  Very much a budget offering, the $170 USD tablet featured a bare bones spec, but some nice features like microSD expandable storage.

HP remains a low volume seller in the tablet market, but the veteran firm -- a top seller in the traditional PC market -- is looking to gain ground.  Probably the best thing about the tablet was its attractive, minimalist looks.

Twitter leaker @evleaks has posted some new press shots from HP.  It appears HP is finally stepping up marketing of the new design. What do you think?

Source: @evleaks on Twitter



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Yep!
By BRB29 on 5/13/2014 12:12:53 PM , Rating: 5
Another flop...




RE: Yep!
By name99 on 5/13/2014 12:37:51 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree.
There's no obvious reason a company like HP (with higher expenses) can compete well at the commodity level, in a race to the cheapest crappy tablet possible.
IMHO they'd do better to aim higher and try to establish HP as a trusted brand in this space --- you pay more but you get more.


RE: Yep!
By drycrust3 on 5/13/2014 1:07:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
There's no obvious reason a company like HP (with higher expenses) can compete well at the commodity level, in a race to the cheapest crappy tablet possible.

I dropped the really cheap tablet that I'd bought as an experiment to see whether it worked in my lifestyle or not (amongst other things it is my Bible), and unsurprisingly it broke. I checked my local retailer's website and saw they had HP and Asus Nexus. The Nexus was cheaper, had more RAM, and had a faster CPU. After having screen protector covering put on it was a bit more expensive than the HP tablet, but I'm still happy with what I paid.
No one expects HP to try and compete with the bottom of the market. Traditionally people associate robustness, quality, reliability, and good performance with HP products, so those are the qualities people would expect in an HP tablet, and that is where everyone expects them to be competitive.


RE: Yep!
By retrospooty on 5/13/2014 1:50:53 PM , Rating: 1
"There's no obvious reason a company like HP (with higher expenses) can compete well at the commodity level, in a race to the cheapest crappy tablet possible. IMHO they'd do better to aim higher and try to establish HP as a trusted brand in this space"

That is a good concept. The problem is that HP cant do anything right anymore. If they went "high end" they would botch that too. At least botching the low end will lose them less money (I assume). LOL.


RE: Yep!
By Milliamp on 5/14/2014 4:20:12 AM , Rating: 2
In some ways I'd rather pay more to get less so I don't have a bunch of garbage software I don't want and can't remove.


RE: Yep!
By synapse46 on 5/13/2014 2:14:16 PM , Rating: 2
If the CPU isn't a slug and it has a nice display.. wouldn't be as much of a flop.. and has a current version of android..


RE: Yep!
By retrospooty on 5/13/2014 3:09:05 PM , Rating: 2
So far HP tablets aren't known for any of those 3 things. But... Lets wait and see.


RE: Yep!
By Samus on 5/14/2014 12:26:15 AM , Rating: 2
The least they could do to make it attractive is skin Android with WebOS (and maybe a Synergy clone) that is, if they're able to license it back from LG.

God HP, I love you but you been a God Damn mess lately.


RE: Yep!
By marcuspinnernsw on 5/13/2014 11:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
One source worth checking out for new Tablets is -- iProTablet - and features six new models to launch in May, including the iFive mini4 ($199) which is the first 8-inch Android tablet on the market with a retina-quality, 2048x1536 display and powered by the new RK3288 processor with high performance comparable to Snapdragon 800.

Also new this week is the Pipo T9 ($277) with an 8.9" full HD display and features comparable to the LG G-Pad 8.3" tablet; plus offers a 3G HSPA+ SIM card slot with Internet and that also makes voice calls like a regular Android phone.


OMG the Bezel...
By retrospooty on 5/13/2014 10:42:12 AM , Rating: 2
It's blinding. I cant... seee!!!

But seriously that is a big assed bezel. It looks like a digital picture frame from the early 2000's




RE: OMG the Bezel...
By Flunk on 5/13/2014 11:26:46 AM , Rating: 2
$170 can't buy everything.


RE: OMG the Bezel...
By retrospooty on 5/13/2014 11:30:42 AM , Rating: 1
No, it cant... And we dont know the specs of this. But I highly doubt HP will come anywhere close to the Nexus 7 with this and it's $199. This will likely have lower res screen and a comparable CPU.


YAACT
By Constable odo on 5/14/2014 6:23:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yet another Android crap-tablet. Why doesn't H-P bury it directly as landfill? Who the heck in the U.S. is financially desperate enough to buy this junk?




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