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HP's Slate 7 fails to impress

It looks as though the earlier reports were true: HP is getting back into the tablet game, and this time it's operating system of choice is Android. HP inherited the webOS operating system with its acquisition of Palm back in 2010, but did little to advance the platform in the face of stiff competition from Android and iOS.
Unfortunately, for those looking to once again give HP a chance in the tablet game, the specs for the new Slate 7 are very underwhelming -- even for its relatively low starting price of $169.
The Slate 7 comes with a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), and a 1024x600 display. Other lackluster specs include Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back. The device runs a stock version of Android 4.1.
The Slate 7 does include Beats Audio onboard and HP's ePrint functionality, but that's likely not enough to sway consumers from competitive offerings like the Google Nexus 7.


"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP. "Our new HP Slate on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets."

The Slate 7 will launch in the United States this April.

Source: HP

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not good enough
By GulWestfale on 2/24/2013 1:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
as the owner of a nexus 7, i have to say that this effort leaves me cold.
a stock android OS is great (if only everyone would use stock android instead of bloating up the system wit their stupid skins), a duallie CPU is alright for a small screen (it's not like you're gonna do video editing on it, right?), but the screen resolution is pathetic. i would have expected 720p at the very minimum.

this does not mean my nexus is perfect, i do have a few nits to pick:
- the screen's colors look washed out next to my AMOLED phone. an AMOLED tablet would be niiice.
- no video out. my phone can output video (including 5.1 surround sound) through the micro USB port, why can't my nexus?

both points could be fixed if google had aimed for a higher price point, i know. but i'd rather have an AMOLED csreen and a video out (or how about an SD card slot?) than a quad-core CPU that will never be used to its full potential.

RE: not good enough
By horseiicious on 2/24/2013 1:39:10 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like you should've gotten a Galaxy Tab 7.7 instead of the Nexus 7 -

Could pick one up on ebay for around $250 brand new, or probably a bit less used. obviously it'd have to be used as wifi only, w/o a VZ sim/contract

RE: not good enough
By GulWestfale on 2/24/2013 4:22:27 PM , Rating: 2
ooh nice, didn't know that model existed. AMOLED and an SD slot, plus a second camera... but only android 3.2. still seems nicer than a nexus 7, i'll have to research that. Thanks!

RE: not good enough
By spread on 2/24/2013 10:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
Xda developers forum. I'm sure someone ported the new android to it. Maybe even the Cyanogen mod guys have done it.

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