As new tech gets better, old tech gets cheaper. Or at least this is how things are playing out in the smartphone/phablet/tablet market, and the new HP 7 Plus tablet is no exception to this rule.
After dabbling with low-cost SoC's from China with the Slate 7 tablet, it appears that HP enjoyed the process and have come again for another round. This time the new HP 7 Plus is packing an Allwinner A31 SoC, which is a Quad-core chip (which actually isn't true-- there is a fifth "power-saving" core, similar to NVIDIA's "shadow core") based on the ARM Cortex A7.
There shouldn't be too much expected for $100 though-- the rest of device certainly shows itself to be a device on a budget. Even though it has a reasonable 7 inch display, unfortunately it only has a display resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.
The rest of the specs include:
- IPS display
- 8GB storage (micro SD expandable)
- 1GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
- 2mp rear camera
- 0.3mp front camera
- 2800 mAh Lithium polymer battery
- 25GB lifetime cloud storage from Box
Again however: its selling for just $100, which makes it a very reasonable price. This rate includes free standard shipping, and they give various discounts if you intend to buy accessories or a printer afterwards. It can be purchased from HP's shopping website. It's also worth mentioning that it comes with domestic US warranty and support, which makes it a much more attractive device over tablets from China that wouldn't offer that form of peace of mind. If it's not a device that a teenager would find attractive, its definitely something that grandparents would find suitable.
The promo video for the HP 7 Plus seems to overstate its abilities, however, it shows a game being played and the game appears to be somewhat lagging. It is unknown whether this is just due to bad editing, or because the performance is not as great as HP seems to suggest. Check the video out below:
Source: Gizchina | Images via HP