HP Launches $170, 8" Android Tablet
March 7, 2014 8:09 AM
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Specs for the tablet aren't impressive at all, but it's to be expected given its sub-$200 price point
The tablet market is pretty crowded these days with numerous companies duking out for a piece of the action. While
Android-based tablets have been taking up the lion’s share of the market
, HP has yet to launch any true "breakthrough" products in the sector.
And given today’s “stealth” launch of the new HP 8 1401, which was noticed by
, it appears that HP still isn’t ready to put much effort into the category. The tablet is equipped with a
quad-core Allwinner A31 ARM processor
paired with a scant 1GB of RAM. The tablet comes with 16GB of internal storage, although it can be expanded thanks to its microSD slot (up to 32GB).
The budget-minded specs continue with a 1024x768 7.85” display, 2MP rear camera, and a low-resolution 0.3MP front-facing camera. Battery life is listed at just 7 hours thanks to its 3800 mAh battery.
And don’t expect to see an updated version of Android shipping with the HP 8 1401; it’s running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean while the latest version shipping is
Not all is lost, however, when it comes to the HP 8 1401. HP does give you 25GB of cloud storage for the life of the device. And when it comes to pricing, HP is offering up its latest tablet for just $169.99 in the U.S.
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3/7/2014 9:49:19 AM
Agreed. I'm not spending $400 on a Retina iPad mini (or even $299 for a regular iPad mini). I got my son a refurbished first gen Kindle Fire for $70 about 9 months ago from Best Buy. I put it inside a rubberized hard case so that he can't destroy it.
Works perfectly for his needs. Kids don't need $400 tablets.
3/7/2014 10:47:27 AM
I can't believe they get $400 for that ridiculously outdated "Retina" mini. It gets blown away by even the Kindle Fire HDX.
And to the OP, yeah, get used to it. Android will soon be running your thermostat, your refrigerator, hell probably your shaver.
My suggestion? Kill yourself now, spare you the angst to come :P
3/7/2014 4:54:50 PM
Amen. Glad to see HP back in the mix. They have built some good stuff in the past.
Astonished to walk around Portland Oregon and seeing EVERYONE on i-this or i-that. But then Portland is the fatal-heroin-overdose capital of the country, so it figures.
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