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HP Unveils $170 Android Tablet Slate 7

Global PC market leader Hewlett-Packard has announced a $169 tablet at this year's Mobile World Congress with the Slate 7.

The tablet is powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor and has a 1024 x 600 pixels 7-inch screen, 8 GB of internal storage, as well as a microSD slot for expansion of up to 32 GB.

Running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Slate 7 offers Beats Audio for improved sound and weighs 13 ounces. A rear 3.15-megapixel camera is included, as is a front-facing VGA snapper. A non-removable battery offers up to five hours of usage.

HP's Slate 7 tablet is currently scheduled for release during April 2013.

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  • halcyon
    Another me-too tablet with a low screen resolution. Being able to discern individual pixels in a screen is not compelling. It probably has a whole 1GB of RAM too. Sheesh. Aren't there enough of the low-end devices already?
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  • I agree. Apple has already demonstrated that people are much more attracted to gorgeous, fluid animations and crisp graphics. Plus I can't understand the fixation with cameras on a device that doesn't fit in your pocket. Camera are fine for phones and... uh... cameras. They could easily remove the rear-camera and make it a higher resolution screen. And even though I understand this is an entry-level product to be sold for people who probably never owned a tablet before, I stand by the fact that the user-experience should be way ahead of any technical specifications. A low-res screen is, flat out, a poor experience.
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  • freggo
    What's the point HP ?
    Missed the resolution by...that much... as Maxwell Smart would say.

    1280x720 have any meaning to your engineers and bean counters ?
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  • halcyon
    It's a 7-incher ...how 'bout at least 1920x1080 and 2GB of RAM? As if that's just too high-end. Okay, go ahead and charge $250-$300 for such. It'd sell just fine.
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  • vmem
    ugh, again with the cheap moves to drive a profit margin... probably had to price in this range to compete with the now cheaper nexus7 and samsung gs tab 2. to the average joe I guess one can miss the resolution difference, but still I'm disappointed in HP for this poorly designed device just so they can say that they have an android tablet
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  • bebangs
    HP is an established brand. it's better late than never.
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  • Darkk
    Yes HP may have an established brand but why tarnish it with crappy products? I am sorry HP you guys NEED to do better.
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  • m32
    This would be good from a no-name Chinese tablet. HP? Not so much.
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  • STravis
    HP - after failing to sell any of this junk - will call this a dead market and move on. I mean these are the same folks that spent 2B on WebOS and then shelved it...lol
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  • halcyon
    I've never been an HP fan (and had an Aunt that spent her whole career there). There products (outside of printers, that is) never ever seemed to be the best of the bunch. ...this tablet is just another shining example of that.
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