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HP's 7-inch Android Tablet Now Available

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HP has launched the Slate 7 tablet for $169.99 USD. Eat that, Google.

HP has finally launched its 7-inch Android tablet, the HP Slate7, after first revealing the device back in February. The company said it would be an "affordable" Jelly Bean alternative, and HP hasn't backed off on that promise, offering the tablet now for $169.99 USD.

"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP. "Our new HP Slate7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets."

The low price point likely stems from the tablet's lack of proper internal storage: 8 GB. After Google eats up a chunk of that with Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean", users will have around 6 GB to play with. The search engine giant figured out that 8 GB simply wasn't selling the tablet, and HP may face the same issue. However the good news is that the Slate7 has a microSD card slot allowing for up to 32 GB of extra storage (and the Nexus 7 doesn't), so that rectifies the internal storage issue.

In addition to the storage, HP's new 7-inch Android tablet features a Rockchip RK3066 SoC packed with two ARM Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz and four Mali 400 GPU cores clocked at 250 MHz. The chip is backed by 1 GB or RAM, Wireless N and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR connectivity, and a 3500mAh battery promising up to 5 hours of run time.

On the entertainment front, the tablet's 7-inch High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel offers wide viewing angles, multi-touch capabilities and a default resolution of 1024 x 600. A VGA camera is mounted on the front and a 3MP camera on the back. There's also an accelerometer, and Beats Audio.

The tablet weighs 13.05 ounces and measures just 10.7-mm thin.

"HP will provide an array of simple and easy-to-access support tools and resources to help customers take full advantage of all of the features the HP Slate7 has to offer," the company said. "In addition to extensive phone and online support offerings included with the HP Slate7, HP is offering customers the opportunity to add to the standard product limited warranty with its HP Care Pack services. HP Slate7 customers will have the option to protect their investment with a two-year HP Care Pack for $29 or a two-year HP Care Pack with Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) for $49."

To purchase the HP Slate7, head here.

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    flyflinger , April 27, 2013 2:08 PM
    As the old saying goes, a day late and a dollar short.
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    Matsushima , April 27, 2013 4:25 PM
    I still use my HP iPAQ from about 8 years ago for MS office...
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    annieeducational , April 27, 2013 7:41 PM
    HP New tablet,7 inch is easy to hold.Not bad.Love.
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    bnot , April 27, 2013 7:46 PM
    Needs a gps...
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    Truckinupga , April 27, 2013 8:14 PM
    Don't sound bad at all for the price, And HP for me has always made a great quality product.
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    laststop311 , April 27, 2013 9:53 PM
    Terrible battery life, terrible resolution, terrible soc. I'd rather spend a little extra and gget a 32GB nexus 7 or like a galaxy note 8.0 tab
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    g-unit1111 , April 27, 2013 11:56 PM
    I bought a Web OS tablet when they were selling them at that cheap price. This is an epic fail. They had a product that had the potential to be a great operating platform and they threw it away. F*** HP.
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    dvo , April 28, 2013 8:16 AM
    the specs are pretty much identical to my Pipo S1, aside from screen resolution. I paid 85 bucks for mine brand new on ebay. out of the box the battery life is indeed terrible. all i did was install SetCPU, set it to Interactive mode and it lasts all day with moderate to heavy use, and 2 or 3 days with light use. i dont know why all these rockchip devices have such terrible battery life out of the box because just a simple setting literally makes it all better and it suffers absolutely no performance differences.
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    Matsushima , April 28, 2013 4:40 PM
    The iPAQ is worse. It's got a 850mAh battery-same as an old-fashioned dumbphone. (Samsung GT-E3210)
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    digiex , April 29, 2013 12:19 AM
    Just bought china brand tablet with the an older 1 GHz Quad-Core ATM7029 processor, with IPS 800×1280 screen, 1g RAM, 8g internal memory for $98.00.
    Comes with 1 year warranty.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , April 29, 2013 6:06 AM
    HP will wonder why this doesn't sell and scrap it like all their other projects. If they had better focused on WebOS, they might already be selling lots of tablets.
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    ethan_white , May 3, 2013 4:41 AM
    It can be used as a GPS navigation device
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    g-unit1111 , May 3, 2013 10:29 AM
    HP will wonder why this doesn't sell and scrap it like all their other projects. If they had better focused on WebOS, they might already be selling lots of tablets.

    Exactly - had HP left Palm alone Web OS would have thrived. Instead they bought Palm, launched tablet products that were overpriced and failed, then threw Web OS away. HP is definitely on my s*** list for that.