HP Slate7 adds Android-powered tablet to portfolio of products
When we talk about tablets, normally a name like HP would not rank high in the list, and heck, for most of us, we would not even consider this to be a company that cranks out tablets from their production line. In fact, their previous experience with the tablet proved to be disastrous at best, with the HP Touchpad that was powered by the webOS platform, and it was duly discontinued shortly after being announced officially. In fact, the webOS-powered HP Touchpad has more or less ended up as a hobbyist’s tool, being used to port over different kinds of operating systems for fun. Having said that, HP hopes that it is not a case of “once bitten, twice shy” with their latest foray into the tablet market in the form of the HP Slate7.
The HP Slate7 will run on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, and it will not be too harsh on your bank balance either, with a recommended retail price of just $169 that ought to give tablets in the entry-level to mid-range markets more than a run for their money. The 7-inch screen is said to offer wide viewing angles which provide easy viewing of documents, games, photos and videos, even when you are outdoors where lighting conditions are normally not conducive for such devices. I guess we will just have to wait and see whether it works as advertised.
Crammed into its 13 ounce stainless steel chassis that comes in soft black paint and gray or red at the back would be embedded Beats Audio, a first of its kind for a tablet, in addition to an ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 1.6GHz processor, a 3-megapixel camera located at the back and a VGA camera in front. Of course, since this is an Android-powered tablet do expect it to be able to access Google Play and all within, in addition to services such as Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts. The HP Slate7 is tipped to arrive in the US this April for $169 a pop.