The HP Slate 7 was one of the products launched at MWC 2013 and ignored among the wave of novelty coming from Barcelona. It’s not because it’s a bad tablet, it’s just.. cheap and unimpressive. This device will be going on sale in USA in April, priced at $169. Till then we see it in the hands of the guys at the FCC.
HP’s first Android tablet comes with a 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex A9 processor (dual core), 8 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM. There’s also a microSD card slot on board, a front and rear camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the OS. The FCC also reveals a 12.95 Whr battery in its teardown pics. This is a 3500 mAh battery, that should provide 5-6 hours of use.
With a bit of luck and maybe thanks to the low price, this tablet could reach a moderate success and maybe not suffer the fate of the last big HP tablet: the TouchPad. That webOS model failed miserably and it eventually was part of a huge firesale that made it cost $100 and reach lots of developers willing to experiment with the slate.