It is what the gossipy and ever rumour-mongering tech press expected to be a Tegra 4 tablet from HP. Though it may not arouse you the spec hungry Android fan, it is of interest to anyone who has been watching HP and its course of action ever since it took down its earlier effort in entering the dynamic mobile world with WebOS. Still with Android tables not yet matching the iPad’s massive sales despite significant gains in 2012, it is never too late to welcome newer players. Hewlett Packard announced the Slate 7, an Android tablet a few hours ago at MWC.
Here are its specs:
- ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor
- 7 inch FFS+LCD 1024 x 600 (170 ppi) screen
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB for storage. Expandable via microSD slot
- 3 MP main camera; VGA shooter at the front
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Beats Audio integration for enhanced sound. Pretty much like what we’ve seen on HTC devices over the last two years.
- Android 4.1.1 (stock with just a few additions like Beats Audio integration and the inclusion of the ePrint app. No skinning).
- HP ePrint for printing directly from the tablet
Measuring 7.76 x 4.57 x 0.42 inches, the HP Slate 7 is touted by its manufacturer to have a battery that lasts upto 5 hours (a small amount of time in my opinion). Of course it doesn’t have NFC.
There isn’t much to write home about this device and while it may not be a hit internationally, if it sticks to $169 pricing that HP announced it will go at once it hits the shelves in April and launch locally at the same price, it could be a hit here even though Android-powered tablets are yet to establish themselves locally the way smartphones have.