HP announces Android-based $169 Slate 7 tablet

There have been rumors in recent weeks that HP was planning to launch an Android-based tablet and today, the PC maker officially confirmed those reports. HP said it plans to launch the Slate 7 tablet sometime in April in the U.S.

HP's Next Bench blog has the details on the Slate 7, which indeed has a 7-inch display, as you might have guessed by its brand name, with a resolution of 1024x600. HP claims this display uses Field Fringe Switching, which should allow for solid wide-angle viewing of content, even while the Slate 7 is used outside in high sunlight.

The tablet will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 1.6 GHz processor. It also has 8 GB of storage and a microSD slot for any extra storage needs. The Slate 7 will have a three megapixel rear camera and a front facing VGA camera, along with Beats audio. The exclusive HP ePrint application should allow the tablet to print from most any application.

Pricing for the tablet will start at $169, placing it in contention with other low-priced tablets such as the Amazon Kindle Fire or a Google Nexus 7. It should be interesting to see how the HP Slate 7 stand up to an already crowded seven-inch tablet market.

Source: HP | Image via HP

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HP is hilarious. Always a day late and a dollar short. Now they come to the Android party just in time to see the Asian manufacturers leave Android and start an entirely new phenomenon.

Anyone for Tizen?

Tizen, FireFox OS, Ubuntu, Web OS are operating systems that are good for emerging markets. They will not be serious competition for Google, Apple, BlackBerry or Microsoft.

You say Asian Manufacturers are leaving Android? OMG the Samsung Galaxy S IV is not going to be Android. I mean Samsung is the best Android manufacturer out there. Or is Sasmung still continuing with Android and developing Tizen at the same time? Has this been done before?

Bada anyone?

I think it might sell pretty well, price is right, full review needed first. My GS3 came with 4.1 and flashed 4.2.2 Cyangenmod...wasn't crazy about the "profiles", moves everything to a folder "0" which can cause issues. Didn't notice any major improvement myself, but the gui and pulldowns were a little nicer...nothing you couldn't do without trust me.

I'm still a little irked HP killed off webOS, I loved it as a mobile OS...On the other hand its nice to see them back and offering something at a great price point.

From the people who killed WebOS.

They should just forget the consumer market and focus on enterprise and printers where they are actually good at.

Looks nice.

Who the hell cares what version it runs? Root that bitch and upgrade (or downgrade) it to whatever version you want.

Davo said,
Which is always super easy on a tablet with no developer interest

Which could be said about the Touchpad, yet mine is dual booting Cyanogenmod...

Nobody had the Touchpad until the firesale and subsequent Android ports. Which only reinforces what I said about the tablet needing developer interest.

Like all the Chinese knock-offs running rooted versions of Android.

And the firesale was a different story. The Touchpad was NOT a $400 device. Never was. This price fits in nicely and I think it's sell more. It reality, most Android devices are pretty similar. Just depends on how locked down the bootloader is. All it takes is one person to figure that out.

1024x600? Android 4.1? Huge frame...

Only the price is about right.... For the rest, it's late to the party. That's about Acer quality here...

Resolution doesn't need to be much higher on a 7 inch tablet. You don't need the latest and greatest to do what you want. Big frame makes it easier to hold since you're using two hands.

It's a great price point for that size. It's almost an impulse buy. I love my Touchpad, even with WebOS on there. I'm running Cyanogenmod on there now and dual booting. I'm sure the quality will be up there.

You are biased on devices with old specs because you own old devices. The HP TouchPad is crap with the specs it has, and it runs Android poorly. The original Kindle Fire sells for 100 and less on eBay, which has the same specs as this device being offered for much more.

The Kindle Fire 2 sells for 10 dollars less than this device, and it has better specs. All except this tablet has a camera, the Kindle does not.

Also, if we need 1080p displays on our phones which are much smaller, what makes you think a 7 inch tablet does not need to comply to this standard? 7 inch tablets do not need to be made cheap, they have their own market. More content consumption occurs on 7 inch tablets because they are lighter and more portable than bigger tablets.

What is easier to hold while in bed? A 10 inch tablet or a 7 inch tablet? I've personally tried using my 10 inch tablet in bed and it's completely useless. Too difficult and I have to use my phone and I don't like using my phone because it's too small to browse the web after I take my contact lenses out. Also my phone (Lumia 920) is heavy as hell compared to a 7 inch tablet with a crap front facing camera.

Impulse buying works only when there is a true bargain. For the specs, this is truly a loser and no developer will root it when it isn't worth the time to.

I own a Nexus 7 and been playing with a Galaxy Tab2 7" (1024x600) and let me tell you that the loss of resolution is evident, more so when reading text.

Sionic Ion said,
You are biased on devices with old specs because you own old devices. The HP TouchPad is crap with the specs it has, and it runs Android poorly. The original Kindle Fire sells for 100 and less on eBay, which has the same specs as this device being offered for much more.

The Kindle Fire 2 sells for 10 dollars less than this device, and it has better specs. All except this tablet has a camera, the Kindle does not.

Also, if we need 1080p displays on our phones which are much smaller, what makes you think a 7 inch tablet does not need to comply to this standard? 7 inch tablets do not need to be made cheap, they have their own market. More content consumption occurs on 7 inch tablets because they are lighter and more portable than bigger tablets.

What is easier to hold while in bed? A 10 inch tablet or a 7 inch tablet? I've personally tried using my 10 inch tablet in bed and it's completely useless. Too difficult and I have to use my phone and I don't like using my phone because it's too small to browse the web after I take my contact lenses out. Also my phone (Lumia 920) is heavy as hell compared to a 7 inch tablet with a crap front facing camera.

Impulse buying works only when there is a true bargain. For the specs, this is truly a loser and no developer will root it when it isn't worth the time to.

You're also locked into Amazon's ecosystem and they plan on making money on the backend. They can afford to sell it cheaper. HP doesn't have a cash cow for tablets. I'm not biased on specs because I have old devices. I just know when a device fits a need, which this does.

I also have an iPad 3, Transformer TF700, and a Surface.

No one NEEDS a 1080p display. They think they do, because the market tells them they do. MOST people couldn't tell you the difference between 720p and 1080p when sitting 20ft away from a TV, either. Phones and tablets are the same.

Yes a 7 inch tablet is easier to hold. I don't really see where you were going with that... My point was that when you have hold of something by the edges, a larger bezel helps. I've had time where I'm trying to hit something, and my thumb is slightly on the edge of the screen making the touch a little off. I'm not saying I can't live with, I'm just saying it's not that big a deal to have a larger bezel. If that's a big deal to you, then don't buy it. No one is forcing you to.

Like I mentioned with the Touchpad developers will root ANYTHING. They've done it with "no-name" Chinese knock-offs. Don't see how this is really any different.

As with any device it's not even the resolution that makes the screen. They all have different technologies that display differently. You can take the same resolution from two different manufacturers and they will look different. You shouldn't discount this without even seeing it in real life.

Edited by farmeunit, Feb 25 2013, 8:01pm :

watkinsx2 said,
1024x600? Nice to see HP pushing the envelope...

Microsoft pushed the envelope with a 1366 x 768 screen on the bigger tablet screen?
Apple pushed the envelop with a 1024 x 768 resolution with their slightly bigger screen.

Both products mind you are more expensive than the HP tablet.

This is what I dont get about Manufacturers, this tablet isn't even out yet and they are already opting for an outdated version of Android. Why? New phones also coming with an outdated version. It's irritating.

That's like saying Win7 is outdated, or Win8 will be outdated in a few months.

It will fit MOST peoples needs. The only people that NEED the latest and greatest are geeks. Gingerbread is still the the most widely used, with ICS behind it. Those together make up 75% of the market.

McKay said,
This is what I dont get about Manufacturers, this tablet isn't even out yet and they are already opting for an outdated version of Android. Why? New phones also coming with an outdated version. It's irritating.

Because you are not a developer. That's why you don't get it. You pick an OS and target it. This isn't an app they developed, they developed a framework on top of Android 4.1 which is not outdated.

DarkNet said,

Because you are not a developer. That's why you don't get it. You pick an OS and target it. This isn't an app they developed, they developed a framework on top of Android 4.1 which is not outdated.


If they developed it for 4.1, while 4.2 has been out for a while now. They could upgrade it to the latest version.
Releasing outdated Androids (I still see 2.2/2.3/2.4 commercials here in Holland...) is the problem of Android.
Oh no.. to develop for android must be lovely. Support a giant amount of different versions and even between phones your app behaves differently.

Its like releasing WP 7.0 handsets now.. no one would buy it (if they had some knowledge about the OS's available). Why do people still cheer for Android while even today its selling 2.4 handsets as if they are brand new.

I've got Republic Wireless handset running 2.3.7, and apps work fine on it. At least any that I've tried, so I don't see the issue. My Droid 2 was on 2.3.5 until a few months ago. I had over 200 apps on it, and they all worked fine, also.

I did update to 4.0.3, I think. Can't remember the exact version. Really see little difference other than the look of some apps.