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HP Launches Three New Tegra 4 Tablets

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HP quietly launched three tablets using Nvidia's Tegra SoCs.

Looking for a new tablet this holiday season? Hewlett Packard has three new models from which to choose, one of which is based on Nvidia's Tegra Note design. Two are 7-inch models and one is an 8-inch model, yet all three are powered by Nvidia's Tegra SoCs. There's no snappy Qualcomm chip seen in this tablet trio.

For starters we have the HP Slate8 Pro, packing an 8-inch screen with a 1600 x 1200 resolution protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This screen is backed by the Tegra 4 chip clocked at 1.8 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a 5680 mAh lithium polymer battery promising up to 11.5 hours on a single charge.

Additional features include Wireless N and Bluetooth 3.0 HS connectivity, a microSD card slot for 32 GB of extra storage, HDMI output, a handful of sensors and more. There are also two cameras: a 720p front-facing webcam and an 8MP camera mounted on the back. Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" is the OS of choice.

Next up we have the HP Slate7 Extreme, borrowing the Tegra Note design, meaning this tablet will support Nvidia's stylus. This tablet has a 7-inch IPS multi-touch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution, backed by the Tegra 4 chip clocked at 1.8 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 4100 mAh lithium polymer battery promising up to 10.5 hours on a single charge.

As for additional features, the tablet provides Wireless N and Bluetooth 3.0 HS connectivity, a microSD card slot for adding 32 GB of additional storage, HDMI output, a handful of sensors and more. For cameras, the tablet has a 0.3MP VGA model on the front and a 5MP camera on the back. The OS of choice for this model is Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean."

Read our Nvidia Tegra Note 7 review here.

Finally, we have the Slate7 Plus, also packing a 7-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 display. However, this model features the older Tegra 3 chip, and is backed by 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and a 400 mAh lithium polymer battery promising up to 6.5 hours on a single charge. The tablet also sports Wireless N connectivity, a microSD card slot for up to 32 GB of additional storage, several sensors, a 0.3MP camera on the front and a 5MP camera on the back.

The Slate8 Pro is on sale now for $329.99, the HP Slate7 Extreme for $199.99, and the Slate7 Plus for $149.99.  

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    InvalidError , December 3, 2013 6:18 PM
    Those tablet specs look like they are half-way between 2012 and 2013 models... and about half-way on prices too. Not really what I would like to buy this late into 2013.
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    jacobdrj , December 3, 2013 6:33 PM
    Not sure I would pay more than $130 for any Android tablet without at least 2gb RAM... Now for less than $130, 1gb RAM is acceptable, but not when you can get a 2nd gen Nexus for around $170...
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    RupertJr , December 3, 2013 6:38 PM
    well the answer is simple, nvidia has tons of tegra 4 chips unsold and needs to get them out of their hands in one way or other
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    InvalidError , December 3, 2013 7:29 PM
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    not when you can get a 2nd gen Nexus for around $170...

    AFAIK, it is only the first-gen 16GB N7 that sells for $170. The second-gen version usually retails for $230-250.
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    10tacle , December 3, 2013 8:06 PM
    Two years ago HP all but directly said they were getting out of the tablet business (they had a massive Touchpad dump sale around the Black Friday Holiday and they sold out in no time..anyone remember that?). I knew they'd be back - the market was not a fad as they calculated, but instead a transitional technology.
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    belardo , December 4, 2013 12:10 AM
    er... no. The problem had to do with a half-baked, but well designed mobleOS that had to compete against iOS and Android... and worse, their iPad-1 designed-like tablet costs just as much as the iPad2, but without the features and a horrible cheap plastic back.

    HP, like other OEMs are proving again... Windows is... dying... :) 
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    renz496 , December 4, 2013 1:13 AM
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    well the answer is simple, nvidia has tons of tegra 4 chips unsold and needs to get them out of their hands in one way or other


    what does it have to do with the article above?
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    tului , December 4, 2013 2:05 AM
    And my Note 3 has triple the RAM. I'd only get this to diddle around with Tegra 4 some. At least the 8" should have had 2gb ffs.
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    InvalidError , December 4, 2013 5:42 AM
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    At least the 8" should have had 2gb ffs.

    IMO, all tablets and phones over $200 launched after mid-2013 should have had 2GB: the sooner it becomes the norm, the sooner Android will be able to step up one more notch on general usability.

    Only 1GB RAM on a $300+ tablet whose specs are otherwise a rough match for the $230 N7-2013 is almost insulting.
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    jaslion , December 4, 2013 12:04 PM
    i would rather buy myself an tegra note 7
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    10tacle , December 4, 2013 5:39 PM
    Oh yeah that was it. Thanks belardo for the memory refresher. All I remember was the Touchpad firesale and HP saying they have no plans in the foreseeable future of a replacement.
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    InvalidError , December 4, 2013 5:59 PM
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    All I remember was the Touchpad firesale and HP saying they have no plans in the foreseeable future of a replacement.

    And their 8Pro model is probably going to make them wish they stayed out of it a little longer to think about it... aside from Apple, who else released a new 8" tablet costing over $300 with only 1GB RAM and called it a "Pro" or other form of premium model in 2013?
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    rwinches , December 5, 2013 10:02 AM
    Yeah, and what's the deal with not supporting SDXC?

    BTW unrelated, it was good to see while showrooming at BB that the Samsung Tabs do support moving Apps to SD.

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    renz496 , December 6, 2013 3:09 AM
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    And my Note 3 has triple the RAM. I'd only get this to diddle around with Tegra 4 some. At least the 8" should have had 2gb ffs.


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    Yeah, and what's the deal with not supporting SDXC?

    BTW unrelated, it was good to see while showrooming at BB that the Samsung Tabs do support moving Apps to SD.



    did it move both the apk and data to SD card?