HP, undoubtedly one of the largest PC oem has made a strategic move today by revealing its latest tablet device. It surprisingly doesn’t run WebOS as it would be the case few years back.
The HP Slate 7 is a 7-inch tablet running a stock-like version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. While still committed to Windows, HP said it wants to offer its customers more choice, including access to the Google experience, and the Slate 7 is the company’s effort to do so in another form factor. The Slate 7 is a midrange tablet which features standard specifications, a SoC with 1.6GHz dual core Cortex-A9 processor of unknown breed (yet) is ticking under the hood accompanied by 1GB of RAM & 8GB of internal storage.
HP has refrained from making too many changes to the standard Android software, which means the interface is familiar and it bodes well for the prospect of receiving future software updates, which can be delayed if a manufacturer fills a device with too many extras.
It comes with a standard front facing VGA camera as well as a 3MP back shooter. The display is not that spectacular at 1024×600 pixels but the panel will use the FFS+ LCD touchscreen display, which HP says will boast wide viewing angles and perform well in low light. A MicroSD slot will allow up to 32GB of additional space while the battery will ensure up to 5 hours of video playback. There’s also a set of stereo speakers with Beats audio technology which shall give it a little bit of a plus in audio quality.
The tablet is 10.7 mm thin and measures 197mm x 116mm and weights 370g. The Slate 7 will ship with the ability to print from Android’s native applications such as the web browser. The Slate 7 costs $169 and will be available in the U.S. starting in April. That’s $30 less than the the Nexus 7.
This is yet another move to Android, other companies are also expected to follow HP’s step. The Android game is a big one, any oem can win big if the right type of devices are introduced and that’s what HP is doing by adopting sleek design, stock Android and a cheap price tag. HP is also rumored to introduce future Android smartphones but we shall see how those compare to the competition!