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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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Chinese tablets are so much cheaper
By ET on 2/25/2013 7:01:32 AM , Rating: 2
I don't mind paying more for the same spec from a reputable company and a warranty, but the price and spec difference is just too high.

For example, check "(CUBE) U21GT" at TinyDeal. (Can't post the full link due to spam warning. $127 (probably possible to shave a couple of dollars elsewhere) including shipping for a 1280x800 screen, 16GB Flash and the needed ports (microSD, micro HDMI). No back camera, but for those who want one it's possible to find a similar tablet with one for not a lot more.

The specs on these Chinese tablets keep getting better, and while they have their problems, I'm not sure the HP mentioned here is much better.




By fic2 on 2/25/2013 1:24:08 PM , Rating: 2
Dang. For $127 that is a nice spec'd tablet. But one review says, "you can't uninstall the Chinese apps that come with the device" which would probably not be good. I think if I was getting a no-name tablet I'd like to wipe it before I started using it. This also seems weird, "tablet needs to be switched on if you want to charge the battery".


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