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HP Officially Announces Slate 7, Arrives In April
After essentially abandoning WebOS, Hewlett-Packard has officially thrown its hat into the Android tablet ring by announcing its first Android product: the HP Slate 7. The tablet is set to launch in April, carrying a price tag of $169.99. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this thing tick.
The HP Slate 7 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 chip with 1GB of RAM. The screen is an FFS+ LCD touchscreen display, with a resolution of 1024 x 600. According to HP, the screen will have wide viewing angles, as well as impressive low-light performance. Users will have 8GB of on-board solid state storage, though that is expandable via microSD, and all the usual suspects of wireless technology are here: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. There is a also a pair of cameras: a front-facing VGA webcam and a rear 3-megapixel camera. Since we’re talking about HP here, you can bet that Beats Audio will be powering the Slate 7’s speakers, which will all be in a 10.7mm body that weighs about eight-tenths of a pound.
By itself, the Slate 7 might seem very impressive, but compared to the competition, it just doesn’t hold up. Sure, Google’s Nexus 7 is $30 more, but with that extra $30, you get a more-powerful quad-core Tegra 3 processor, as well as GPS, NFC, a lighter body, and double the storage at 16GB. Before you immediately jump on the Slate 7 bandwagon, compare it very well to the competition.
Source: The Verge