Just before MWC 2013, HP has announced the HP Slate 7, its new Android tablet which aims towards the entry level segment with a USD$169 price tag. Specs-wise it is powered with a dual-core 1.6GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and it comes with 8GB of on-board storage.
The storage is expandable as well with the microSD slot conveniently located at the top. For display it has a 7″ Field Fringe Switching LCD that pushes a modest 1024×600 pixels resolution. At the back it has a 3MP camera and there’s VGA resolution camera at the front. During our hands-on, it runs on the current Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The HP Slate 7 also comes with beats audio enhancement as well.
In the hands, it reminds us of the original 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab with its sturdy flat edges and there are 2 colour options available – dark grey or red. With a price tag of about RM550, the Slate 7 is fighting head on with the 7″ ASUS Memo Pad. Compared to the Slate 7, the Memo Pad is a notch back with its a single core 1GHz processor and lacks a rear camera. In terms of availability, it will go on sale in the US starting on April 2013.
Head after the break for the hands-on video and additional photos.
Edit: Processor is dual-core 1.6GHz.