HP finally launched its first Android tablet, the Slate 7, that went on sale in USA this weekend, with a price tag of $170. This model was showcased in Barcelona, at MWC 2013 and we got up close and personal with it. One of the selling points of the device is its Beats Audio integration.

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HP Slate 7 has a stainless steel frame, an ARM dual core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, a rear facing 3 megapixel camera and a front facing VGA shooter. There’s also a High aperture ratio Field Fringe Switching panel implemented on the front, for improved viewing angles. The 7 inch slate is a small tablet that goes head to head with likes of the iPad Mini and Nexus 7.

It also has 1 GB of RAM, Android Jelly Bean and a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It also provides 8 GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 3500 mAh battery and a case that’s available in red or silver. The good news here is that we get a metal shell instead of plastic, even at this price.

  • I’ve been waiting for this little guy since I first got wind of it last December. Threw 200 dollars in a drawer and forgot it just to add this 7 in her as a tough go everywhere guy. Sure this tablet cut corners in graphics and hard-drive specs but you can’t beat the extra ports, extra camera and the fact that they didn’t choose to reinvent the wheel but stayed with stock android charging port or mini USB for charging and data. Tablet makers under-rate that simple functionality ( Sammy ). I already have a million android chargers lying about my house – in my busy life the last thing I want to worry about is finding or losing a proprietary charger or waiting a couple days without said device as I repurchase and have one delivered. As a big proponent of the Nexus 7 myself its nice to have the missing rear camera, and external memory support, in this also good looking tablet with the name of a reputable company and hopefully the tech. support and software support/updates one expects from the likes of HP. Forget the beats and eprint gimmicks which ultimately disappoint most people anyway, let’s just welcome HP back into the family of mass tablet production and recognize that they are attempting to deliver more’n decent technology at a price point affordable to real people.