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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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First impressions count.
By drycrust3 on 2/24/2013 4:04:10 PM , Rating: 2
"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,"

Having been a critic of HP's policy to not produce anything along the lines of a smartphone or a tablet, I was hoping this was a good start, but the more I looked, the more I believe HP have put in less than I would have expected for a company with such a great history. For example, where are the other tablets and smartphones? Why the release of the "budget" tablet first? Surely there are higher spec phones in this "range of form factors"... or is this it? Why not release a more higher spec phone first? I think it was essential that HP got some reasonably good reviews, and a higher spec phone would have done that, but instead ....
I do feel 8 GB of storage gives the impression of HP being miserly when the standard smartphone comes with with 16 GB.
When you compare this phone to the Samsung Note 8 (with 16 GB storage), which Dailytech have an article on today as well, it seems there is way more "spec" information for the Samsung than this one. It's like Samsung are saying "We are proud of our NEW product", for example, their phone has a 4600 mAh battery, but HP? Nothing!
I just hope they aren't planning to launch on First April.

RE: First impressions count.
By fic2 on 2/25/2013 1:16:46 PM , Rating: 2
You keep saying this is a phone. This is not a phone. No where in the article does it use the word "phone".

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