HP Announces Slate 7, Its First Android Tablet Priced at $169.99

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HP Slate 7

HP Slate 7

Finally, HP is announcing its first Android product – the HP Slate 7 tablet. The product is expected to hit the shelves in April at a price of $169.99.

The Slate 7 is a seven-inch tablet which runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It comes packed with a dual-core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 chip powering a 1024 x 600 resolution FFS+ LCD touchscreen display, which HP says will boast wide viewing angles and perform well in low light. Apart from that you’ll find 1GB of RAM, 8GB of solid state storage (expandable via microSD), 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a pair of cameras, with one front-facing VGA webcam and a 3-megapixel rear imager. The Slate 7 is 10.7mm thick and weighs about eight-tenths of a pound. HP says the battery is good for five hours of video playback.

Not something very interesting, right? Well, considering the Google Nexus 7 is priced around $30 higher, we were expecting something more in terms of specifications. The HP Slate 7 doesn’t seem too competitive as far as specifications are concerned.

The Verge reported HP’s Alberto Torres saying that the Slate 7 is designed for “the consumer who really wants an entertainment solution.”

HP has been touting the ePrint function a lot which is basically HP’s software to print documents from a mobile device directly to a compatible HP printer.

Here is a hands-on video by AndroidCentral:

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