HP enters the Android tablet market with the Slate 7

slate-7-hero_tcm_245_1375000At Mobile World Congress, HP announced its latest tablet endeavour, the HP Slate 7. The Slate 7 is HP’s first tablet since the HP touchpad. The device has a 7-inch screen with a 1,024-by-600 pixel display. The screen is a High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel, which HP says you will be able to view in varied lighting conditions and different viewing angles. The panel allows ‘wide viewing angles that provide easy viewing of documents, games, photos and videos—even in outdoor lighting conditions’.

The specs also reveal that the device has a disappointing 1GB of RAM, a 1.6GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and 8GB of onboard storage.  The device also packs BeatsAudio and a MicroSD card slot which are welcomed editions as the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 have closed storage options.

(Source: TechnoBuffalo)

(Source: TechnoBuffalo)

The device will cost $169. So it’s clearly obvious that HP is targeting the low-end tablet market with the Slate 7.

The Verge reports that the device is running an OS that is nearly identical to stock Android. And the device’s build quality feels ‘sub-par’.

(Source: 9to5google, The Verge)

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