HP Slate 7 Android Tablet Now Available for $169

The HP Slate 7, HP’s answer to the Nexus 7 is now available for those looking for a 7-inch Android tablet for less than $200.

HP’s new 7-inch tablet is made for users that want a cheap tablet that looks a lot like the Nexus 7, but with a few trade-offs. Both tablets have similar designs, but HP’s tablet uses a metal case instead of a plastic shell, and has both front-facing and rear-facing cameras.

HP Slate 7

There are a few trade-offs for HP’s new tablet, however. The 7-inch screen of the HP Slate 7 has a resolution of 1024×600, which is lower than the 1280×800 resolution on the Nexus 7. HP’s tablet also ships with the outdated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean instead of the latest version. The good news is it appears HP decided not to put a heavy skin on top of Android, it looks very close to stock Android if isn’t actually stock.

The HP Slate 7 uses a dual-core 1.6GHz processor and comes with 1GB of RAM and just 8GB of storage space. There is a microSD card slot, however, for when users exhaust the relatively small amount of storage space.

HP claims the battery inside the Slate 7 will last for five hours, which isn’t very long for a tablet of any size.

Like many of HP’s laptops, the Slate 7 supports Beats audio for boosted sound. Beats audio will give users more bass in sound that come out of the stereo speakers on the tablet or headphone connected to it.

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With its relatively low-end specs and it’s $169.99 price tag the HP Slate 7 is more of a competitor to the Asus MeMO Pad than the Nexus 7. The Slate 7′s features compare more favorably to Asus’ cheaper Android tablet.

The HP Slate 7 Android tablet is now available from HP’s website, and should ship sometime within 24 hours of ordering.

Comments

  1. Z Timberlake says

    A much better deal is the new Novo 7 Venus that launched last month… an Android tablet for $149 that’s available in the U.S. through a site called TabletSprint — and compares closely to the Nexus 7 — featuring a Quad Core processor and 1280×800 HD IPS Screen, while also offering a 2-Megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, and an HDMI 1080p port; plus 3G internet connection through its USB port — all of which aren’t featured on the Nexus 7.

    Two other new Android tablets launch in May, 2013 are also worth looking at and are available through TabletSprint — One is the new 7GT – 3G — a 7″ Android tablet from Icoo Electronics that retails for $199 — one of its best features is built-in 3G for Internet and phone connection — this tablet also matches all the high end specs of the Nexus 7 – 3G version, including a Quad Core processor, 16GB Memory, Android 4.2 O/S, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1280×800 IPS HD Screen… and sells for $100 less than the Nexus; while also featuring a 5 Megapixel Rear Camera, HDMI with 4K output to stream movies to an HD TV, as well as MicroSD Card storage — all features the Nexus doesn’t offer. 3G makes internet access so much easier… simply slip in a SIM Card from any GSM Carrier such as AT&T and T-Mobile and your connected.

    Also available is the X10 Pro Mini by Ramos Electronics – for $229 through TabletSprint –offering the same size as the Mini iPad – with a 7.85 ” display – and also featuring Built-in 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, built-in GPS, HDMI, 16GB Memory, MicroSD, and Android 4.2 O/S.

    Both the Icoo and Ramos tablets are the first truly affordable 3G – HSPA+ tablets on the market as prior to their launch, tablets with 3G were in the $300+ price range… Full size, 10 inch versions are also soon to follow and I imagine TabletSprint will carry these models as well.

  2. ODdin says

    Lmao. My dual boot webOs preware/android 4.1.2 has a better rez led backlit screen at near 10 inches. It was 149$ now worth 350+ also kernel has dual core snapdragon totally flying overclocked to 1.8 gigs. Its not even on performance governor .interactive . It sux when a cheaper OLDER Circa2011 beats a new tab from same company. This thing with right software is a buttery beast. Fast smooth and fun. Great screen so bright

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