Feb 24 AT 1:10 PM Sean Riley 28 Comments

Slate 7 revealed as HPs first foray into Android


We broke the news earlier this month that HP was finally ready to make things official after their longtime flirtation with Android, and now they have indeed taken the wraps off their first Android tablet at MWC. HP is keeping their powerhouse device up their sleeve for the time being as the Slate 7 is squarely targeted at the bottom of the market with a $169.99 price tag.

Due out in April the Slate 7 features a specs list that would be far more comfortable in early 2012:

  • 7-inch 1024 x 600 FFS+ display
  • 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB ROM with MicroSD for expansion
  • 3MP rear camera and VGA front facing camera
  • Stereo speakers with Beats Audio
  • 10.7mm thick
  • ~12.8 ounces
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1

On the positive side according to HP the tablet is basically running stock Android 4.1 with only minor modifications for ePrint and Beats Audio. We’ll have to see if either is particularly compelling for potential customers. All in all despite the low price it seems a questionable value proposition with the $199 Nexus 7 besting it on all counts save for the rear camera.

Based on the rest of their comments this may be it for HP and Android at MWC 2013, but they were clear that there are higher end products coming in 2013.

Do you think the Slate 7 is enough to make HP competitive in the fairly crowded low end Android tablet market?

Source: The Verge

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • redraider133

    It will be interesting to see how hp is when it comes to updates and support.

  • zerosix

    Useless device. And HP sucks. I wish they didn’t suck, but they do.
    The only “hooray” goes for microSD slot.

    • zerosix

      And the screen sucks even more than HP. This screen is good for looking at iPhone 5 photos.

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for HP

    • ihatefanboys

      HP does not suck. Their laptops are the best one can buy. Their printers and scanners are also the best made. Just because this device is wayyyy behind the times doesnt mean the company as a whole sucks.

  • Ray Murphy

    “Due out in April the Slate 7 features a specs list that would be far more comfortable in early 2012″

    or possibly even earlier, thats a pile of crap for 2013 !!!

  • GrendelJapan

    It seems like OEMs are still largely playing catch-up with the Nexus line. They need to stay on par with all the staple characteristics (i.e., resolution, build, etc.) and looking for opportunities explicitly left open by Google (e.g., on-device disc space, expansion slots, other ~anti-cloud opportunities, etc.) or new ~innovations to improve usability (e.g., stylus tech, second screen, etc.). Developing devices that do the same or less for the same price (or higher) isn’t going to work without strong brand associations, which few companies have in the tablet space (Apple and maybe Samsung), or by pushing to the hoop hard with your enterprise partners.

    • LukeT32

      I bet they will sell them to new android users looking for a cheap tablet. I can see this being a promo device for someone who purchases an HP laptop or desktop. You always see the ads for college students to pick up a new blah blah blah laptop and if you do we will toss in an Android powered tablet.

      • donger

        Couldn’t agreed more.

  • Nate B.

    Smh. It seems like if it’s not HTC (recent HTC One), Samsung, or Google itself, then these other companies just have the mindset of “me to”. Don’t just make a device to say we have one to. If it’s not going to stand out and be it’s own and really make an impact then you just wasted time. And they wonder why they lack in success. It doesn’t really need to be out of this world, but it needs to be a beast of something. Otherwise you’re just saturating the business. They’re copying and saying me to.

    Yea, it’s a budget device. Nearly stock. But what are you really doing for the game?

    • Nate B.

      and I forgot to ad, while they’re making a clone device basically, Google is thinking of the successor.

    • ihatefanboys

      As much as its not a HTC, Google, or Samsung it WILL sell. It will sell because of the price because honestly there is a whole section of the population that cant afford a galaxy tab or an iPad, and dont care about that its not high end (even with smart phones, most ordinary people dont really care about specs) And lets be honest HP is a huge brand name in computers and printers, people will remember that. People here are talking about HP as if its CRAIG or JVC.

    • scubabum

      I guess that HP is trying to undercut its competitions (Nexus, KindleHD, NookHD)
      by selling this watered-down tablet. The specs on HP’s second-attempt at tablets are dated,
      which is very disappointing.

      HP probably tries to market this tablet for the non-techie & budget crowd. These folks probably
      don’t know about performance/spec but only buy the tablet due to the HP name and lower price.

      In anyway, I would rather spend an extra $30 and get the Nexus 7.

  • Vyrlokar

    1024×600 is a big fail…

  • Nathan D.

    Well at least the price is right

    • honourbound68

      ya.. 170 is pretty inexpensive.. plus if they bundle it with their laptops for college students then it might win them back some marketshare in laptops.

  • swazedahustla

    Laughing hysterically as I read this from my HP touchpad running Android 4.2.1…..and my specs are better than this crap.

  • Joseph

    Looks like HP hasn’t learned a single thing from its failures.. tsk tsk

  • kusic

    No it wont have any success, but the important message is that another major PC producer goes for Android. Maybe this would be the step to Android desktop computers, who knows…

  • chris2kari

    This is a good general purpose tablet coming from a tier 1 manufacturer with a good record of quality devices & support.
    A lot of people will grab it at this price.
    Far better than unknown brand Chinese knockoffs.
    This is not a device for the toilet gamer set..

  • digvijaya07

    Seems interesting ..!! :))

  • John Patrick

    HP sells in a lot of retail channels. This particular tablet is probably aimed at the Polaroid and no-name tablets at big box stores. the resolution isn’t great and it doesn’t say how many cores the CPU has but the specs look as good or better than the Galaxy Tab 2 which starts at $199.99 and the HP unit is Jelly Bean without Touch-Wiz. Too many people judge HP by their low-end consumer laptops. Their Business grade products are pretty decent.

  • perlowin

    Good tablet for 6 year old kids, and the price is right for the dad!

  • GE918

    It looks like there will be a Android tablet for ever budget

  • kazahani

    This actually has a chance to sell well. Brand recognition is huge, and people love cheap tablets. I can see them jumping on an affordable option from a major OEM like HP.

  • Dylan Friedman

    I really see no purpose in this device. It’s specs are what you would expect from a device of a year ago. The Nexus 7 is only 30 dollars more and is a much much much better device.

    • John Patrick

      This tablet seems ideal for someone who is considering something like a Kindle Paper White but likes audio books and music (The new Kindle readers have no audio) too. It has SD expansion which the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 lack, so they can carry a ton of music and audio books. The screen will probably look like the original Kindle Fire and Nook Color screens. Remember too that in the retail channels HP sells it’s economy gear in the pricing is usually MSRP and often is discounted below that. In fact compared to the Acer Iconia 7″ the HP is a slam dunk. Check out the um…obscure brands of 7″ tablets on Newegg for example and suddenly the HP starts looking pretty decent. Besides, if HP had come out with a higher end 7 inch tablet first the people crapping all over this product would be whining oooh, it’s sooo expensive.

  • Burnd

    HP is a very respectable company. Despite being too late joining the Android competition, I gladly welcome them.