HP announces Android 4.1 powered Slate 7 for $169

HP has officially joined the Android camp today by launching a $169 Android tablet.

HP is the latest entrant in the budget Android tablet arena. Company unveiled its Slate 7 Android tablet at MWC 2013, which will go on sale in the United States beginning April for just $169. According to HP, it will arrive in Europe and the rest of the world soon after.HP_Slate_7

HP Slate 7 features a 7-inch 1024x600p display, dual-core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, Android 4.1, 8GB of internal storage and microSD card slot. The tablet also comes with 3MP rear camera, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and VGA front camera.

“Many of the aggressively priced tablets on the market cut corners to hit a price point. That’s not the case here. For your money you get a smartly-designed device, with smart features to match. As you can see from the pictures, this value-priced tablet looks anything BUT value-level quality,” HP noted in a blog post.

Packing a stainless-steel frame, HP Slate 7 will be sold in Silver and Red colours via HPDirect.com.

Future of HP and Google partnership after Slate 7:

“Android opened new avenues in the tablet segment. Toward the end of last year, we saw incredible growth with Android, to the point that it’s now exceeding iOS. So, of course, we’re excited to be working with Google,” said Alberto Torres, Senior Vice President of HP Mobility.

HP Slate 7 is the (probably first) product out of HP’s newly formed Mobility Global Business Unit, established in September 2012.

HP Slate 7 key features

  • 7-inch 1024x600p display with High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel
  • Dimensions: 197mm x 116mm x 10.7mm, weighs 368 grams
  • Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) (Almost stock UI)
  • 8GB of on-board storage
  • Beats Audio
  • Three-megapixel camera on the rear, VGA front camera
  • In-built Cloud printing support by HP ePrint
  • Full suite of Google apps
  • 1`GB RAM