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 11:05:40 AM
"I still use an HP Touchpad running Cyanogenmod"
I have that too, my daughter is using it because I upgraded. It's been dropped I dont know how many times and abused by an 8 (now 9) year old but its still perfectly good and really, pretty fast... Also totally stable. Not bad for a 3 year old dead end product.
Unfortunately, that isnt necessarily a standard for HP quality... Just a lucky break. Of course, the one HP discontinued. LOL.
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