HP 7 Plus tablet available for sale at $100

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

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I have a couple of Nexus 10s, and aside from watching TV on the go, they don't get much use. Too heavy for reading and Android isn't where I get my heavy lifting "work" done.

For me and a lot of people I know, detachable screens are what we really want, and at better prices. It must at least work like our laptops but also give us the flexibility of tablets. Get close to that and you'll have a winner. The surface Pro is OK, but the pricing immediately eliminates it for me. Looking forward to seeing what new gear comes out this fall.

derekaw said,
Junk

that depends on what you're going to use it for. e-reader, multi remote control, simple facebook/twitter browser, tv/stereo for the bathroom, skype, and a ton of other things. no, it wont be a replacement for your pc, but it sure as hell isn't useless. have a little imagination.

Reverse Engineer said,

that depends on what you're going to use it for. e-reader, multi remote control, simple facebook/twitter browser, tv/stereo for the bathroom, skype, and a ton of other things. no, it wont be a replacement for your pc, but it sure as hell isn't useless. have a little imagination.

Yes, you are right.
Coaster, small tray for tea, chopping board, serving tray for Cheese and Pâté.

Greetings from Beijing. Word from the industry sources here is that over the past few months nobody is buying Android tablets. Seems everyone who wants one already has one and the segment is saturated. This is likely why HP are dumping inventory.

Hello,

It is interesting that the name "Hewlett Packard" is branded so prominently across the face of the device, as the company seemed very forceful about calling itself "HP" after the Compaq acquisition in the early 2000's.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

goretsky said,
Hello,

It is interesting that the name "Hewlett Packard" is branded so prominently across the face of the device, as the company seemed very forceful about calling itself "HP" after the Compaq acquisition in the early 2000's.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Hi,

The name "Hewlett Packard" appears to be less tainted than HP at this stage. Maybe they are going on that angle to make the product sound more prestigious? They may also be branding it this way to attract the older crowd who would find "Hewlett Packard" to be more memorable.

Probably another fire sale like they did for there Palm devices with an announcement that they will leave the tablet market for the second time.

mrp04 said,
You wouldn't use it either. Tablets just aren't that useful in general.

Different devices for different use cases. I'm currently on vacation and my tablet is best being light on my carry on and a long battery life to last a flight. And it's small.

Apart from that, in general day to day use it's great to use while lounging and you can whip up a Word doc if you wanted to.

mrp04 said,
You wouldn't use it either. Tablets just aren't that useful in general.

Huh? I use my Dell Venue 8 Pro with a wireless keyboard and mouse for lots of "useful" stuff.

mrp04 said,
You wouldn't use it either. Tablets just aren't that useful in general.

It depends by your definition of "Tablet"; since I bought my first one, Toshiba 3505 Convertible, more than ten years ago I never consider buying another laptop, only Convertible Tablets.

Cosmocronos said,

It depends by your definition of "Tablet"; since I bought my first one, Toshiba 3505 Convertible, more than ten years ago I never consider buying another laptop, only Convertible Tablets.

By tablet I mean the new meaning of tablet, not the old Tablet PC meaning. I have a Tablet PC which is my laptpo/portable computer. It's as good as any laptop for productivity.

Tablets (the little things) are just pretty useless. I've owned many and currently have a Nexus 7 and a Venue 8 Pro for various reasons. The Nexus 7 I haven't used in weeks. The Venue 8 Pro is next to my bed with a keyboard and a mouse and I'll use it for a small thing now and then but every time I use it I think that a small laptop or hybrid would be much better for that.

They're just so pointless when they don't do anything my smartphone can't. Less portable than a smartphone and don't do any more. Less useful than a laptop (or tablet PC) yet still require something other than my pocket to carry them around in. Don't hold themselves up. Just pointless overall.

mrp04 said,
You wouldn't use it either. Tablets just aren't that useful in general.

Market sales dictate otherwise, if they weren't useful people wouldn't upgrade to better ones. Personally, I use mine more than my desktop now.

mrp04 said,

By tablet I mean the new meaning of tablet, not the old Tablet PC meaning. I have a Tablet PC which is my laptpo/portable computer. It's as good as any laptop for productivity.

Tablets (the little things) are just pretty useless. I've owned many and currently have a Nexus 7 and a Venue 8 Pro for various reasons. The Nexus 7 I haven't used in weeks. The Venue 8 Pro is next to my bed with a keyboard and a mouse and I'll use it for a small thing now and then but every time I use it I think that a small laptop or hybrid would be much better for that.

They're just so pointless when they don't do anything my smartphone can't. Less portable than a smartphone and don't do any more. Less useful than a laptop (or tablet PC) yet still require something other than my pocket to carry them around in. Don't hold themselves up. Just pointless overall.

It absolutely depends on what you're doing with it. I use my tablet all the time for general web browsing, redditing, youtubing. I also use it to stream stuff from my PC to my TV via DLNA/Chromecast. Certainly I could do all those things on a smartphone, but I much prefer doing that sort of stuff on a larger screen.

Out of the house my tablet rarely, if ever, comes with me, so I use my smartphone, but at home my tablet has become my primary general-computing device. It comes round the house with me in and lets me watch stuff on the TV in the living room as well as sitting on the couch and browsing the web), I can use it for following recipes in the kitchen, I can use it in bed for browsing the web or reading.

Horses for courses I guess. I get a lot of use out of my tablet :)

mrp04 said,

By tablet I mean the new meaning of tablet, not the old Tablet PC meaning. I have a Tablet PC which is my laptpo/portable computer. It's as good as any laptop for productivity.

Tablets (the little things) are just pretty useless. I've owned many and currently have a Nexus 7 and a Venue 8 Pro for various reasons. The Nexus 7 I haven't used in weeks. The Venue 8 Pro is next to my bed with a keyboard and a mouse and I'll use it for a small thing now and then but every time I use it I think that a small laptop or hybrid would be much better for that.

They're just so pointless when they don't do anything my smartphone can't. Less portable than a smartphone and don't do any more. Less useful than a laptop (or tablet PC) yet still require something other than my pocket to carry them around in. Don't hold themselves up. Just pointless overall.

I totally agree here: personally I have never considered any of these "Media Tablet"; the only ones that, again for me, make sense are Tablet PCs.
On a side note I am still unable to understand why MS did not trademark "Tablet PC".....