Apr 26 AT 2:53 PM Dustin Earley 12 Comments

HP Slate 7 tablet now available for $170

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HP has had a terrible time attempting to break into the smartphone and tablet market, but they aren’t giving up yet. Looking to cash in on the success of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, HP is taking the cheap 7-inch Android tablet route to regain some footing. Unfortunately, it may be a little too late.

Available now on HP’s online home and office store, the Slate 7 is a perplexing device. Were it released exactly one year ago, HP would most likely be in a good position to go head-to-head with Google, ASUS and Amazon. Instead, they’ll have to prey on uninformed consumers to buy outdated hardware. Powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9, the Slate 7 features a 1024 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage with microSD expansion, a VGA front-facing camera, 3-megapixel rear camera, Beats Audio, 3500 mAh battery, Android 4.1 and comes in red or silver for $169.

It’s hard not to overstate that a year ago, this would be a great competitor to the devices that managed to sweep the cheap tablet arena. With right around a month to find out whether or not Google releases a new Nexus 7 at Google I/O 2013, you’d have to be mad to drop any money on HP’s tablet right now.

If for some reason you really think the HP Slate 7 is for you, feel free to go pick one up now.

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Source: HP

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • J Timber

    A much better deal is the new Novo 7 Venus that launched last month… an Android tablet for $149 that’s available in the U.S. through a site called TabletSprint — and compares closely to the Nexus 7 — featuring a Quad Core processor and 1280×800 HD IPS Screen, while also offering a 2-Megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, 4000 Mah Battery, and HDMI 1080p; plus 3G internet connection through its USB port — all of which aren’t featured on the Nexus 7.

    Two other new Android tablets launch in May, 2013 are also worth looking at and are available — One is the new 7GT – 3G — a 7″ Android tablet from Icoo Electronics that retails for $199 at TabletSprint — one of its best features is built-in 3G for Internet and phone connection — this tablet also matches all the high end specs of the Nexus 7 – 3G version, including a Quad Core processor, 16GB Memory, Android 4.2 O/S, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1280×800 IPS HD Screen… and sells for $100 less than the Nexus; while also featuring a 5 Megapixel Rear Camera, HDMI with 4K output to stream movies to an HD TV, as well as MicroSD Card storage — all features the Nexus doesn’t offer. 3G makes internet access so much easier… simply slip in a SIM Card from any GSM Carrier such as AT&T and T-Mobile and your connected.

    Also available is the X10 Pro Mini by Ramos Electronics – for $229 –offering the same size as the Mini iPad – with a 7.85 ” display – and also featuring Built-in 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, built-in GPS, HDMI, 16GB Memory, MicroSD, and Android 4.2.

    Both the Icoo and Ramos tablets are the first truly affordable 3G – HSPA+ tablets on the market as prior to their launch, tablets with 3G were in the $300+ price range… Full size, 10 inch versions are also soon to follow and I imagine TabletSprint will carry these models as well.

    • Raptor

      Unless you are in elementary school, why would you want 720p tablet while even much smaller phones are all 1080p for the reason?

  • Chris

    The article states that had this been released a year ago it would have been more competitive. However, the writer failed to note that the price point a year ago would more than likely be Much Higher than today’s asking price.

  • scubabum

    The only good thing out of the specs is the microSD expansion.
    I take the Nexus 7 over this thing anyday.

    • John Patrick

      Me too, but someone with 30 Gig or more of audio media may like it considering it has Beats audio – for whatever that’s worth LOL

  • donger

    Nexus 7 > HP Slate 7.

  • Raptor

    AAM, shutdown these effing salespeople in one click, why you are playing in “democracy”?

  • John Patrick

    I dunno, it seems like a better unit and out-specs the base (non-HD) Kindle Fire or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 2 as well as the Nook Color Tab, all of which are still being sold.
    Those units have some really low specs by comparison – 1.0Ghz Dual-core OMAP 4430?

  • honourbound68

    like the price not the specs…

  • John Patrick

    Well Samsung just released details on the new Galaxy Tab 7 it actually appears to be out-spec’d by HP’s 7 inch Slate. Same screen resolution, memory, internal storage, memory card expansion, but HP uses a 1.6Ghz dual-core vs 1.2Ghz in the Samsung along with Beats audio. Hp also appears to be using a relatively stock version of Android where Samsung will no doubt use Touch-Wiz. Last, HP makes reference to an HFFS screen . There is little out there about HFFS other than a reference to it’s manufacturer, Hydis which employs a “Modified nanoscale TFT structure to control power consumption”. They claim it’s more advanced than IPS displays and evidently it is primarily used in commercial aircraft displays. It would appear at this time that the only well-known 7 inch tablets with better screens are the Nexus(no SD card slot), The Kindle Fire HD(no sd card slot) and the Newest color Nook 7 inch tablet(the latter two both use aging OMAP 1.2Ghz processors).
    I dunno, the HP is starting to look pretty decent by comparison.