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 Instead, they’ll have to prey on uninformed consumers to buy outdated hardware.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.