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 9:56:32 AM
Most people just surf the web and play a couple stupid games on their tablets.... even $200 is expensive. We'll see $99 tablets soon that are good enough for 90% of the population (me included). I can't do any work at all on even the best tablet. Keyboard sucks, no mouse, small screen, no as much power or storage or software. The Surface Pro 2 is as close as it gets for me, but then why not just get a laptop which is cheaper and better in every category? The industry is so excited to get away from PCs that they don't realize we NEVER will. People that work need keyboard/mouse/large screens. Period.
3/9/2014 11:02:07 PM
I agree with you completely. I was originally skeptical about tablets, but I have come around to seeing they have a place. Unfortunately, most are still too expensive for what they offer. The major use for them is to browse the web or maybe read a couple e-books or (maybe) watch a movie. There are better mediums for playing games. You can do some limited work on tablets, however for anything intensive you still need a PC.
P.S. I downrated your post by mistake. I meant to hit "worth reading" but hit "not worth reading" by mistake, and it won't let me change it. Sorry!
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