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Beware the bezel, but otherwise minimalist design pleases

Back in March 2014, Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) carried out a stealthy launch of a tablet packing Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android OS.  Very much a budget offering, the $170 USD tablet featured a bare bones spec, but some nice features like microSD expandable storage.

HP remains a low volume seller in the tablet market, but the veteran firm -- a top seller in the traditional PC market -- is looking to gain ground.  Probably the best thing about the tablet was its attractive, minimalist looks.

Twitter leaker @evleaks has posted some new press shots from HP.  It appears HP is finally stepping up marketing of the new design. What do you think?

Source: @evleaks on Twitter

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RE: Yep!
By drycrust3 on 5/13/2014 1:07:34 PM , Rating: 2
There's no obvious reason a company like HP (with higher expenses) can compete well at the commodity level, in a race to the cheapest crappy tablet possible.

I dropped the really cheap tablet that I'd bought as an experiment to see whether it worked in my lifestyle or not (amongst other things it is my Bible), and unsurprisingly it broke. I checked my local retailer's website and saw they had HP and Asus Nexus. The Nexus was cheaper, had more RAM, and had a faster CPU. After having screen protector covering put on it was a bit more expensive than the HP tablet, but I'm still happy with what I paid.
No one expects HP to try and compete with the bottom of the market. Traditionally people associate robustness, quality, reliability, and good performance with HP products, so those are the qualities people would expect in an HP tablet, and that is where everyone expects them to be competitive.

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