£129 Budget HP Slate 7 – Too Late?
HP has been making personal computers and laptops for a long time now and has been enjoying great success too. Although the company produces great laptops (I’m typing on one), it has yet to impress us with its Android offerings. HP Slate 7 seems to be the gateway into the budget tablet world for the PC manufacturer, unfortunately it is coming a little too late. The HP Slate 7 will be available to UK residents starting 1st of May for the affordable price of only £129.
The HP Slate 7 is already up for preorder on HP’s UK website and is cited to ship in 1-2 weeks. But the retailer clearly states that the tablet will launch on 1st of May. The budget tablet was announced at Mobile World Congress 2013 held in Barcelona a few months back and it failed to impress us. Although the budget price of the HP Slate 7 clearly indicates that HP is aiming to ape the success of Nexus 7, which by the way is retailing for £159 in the region.
Yes it is LATE
Unfortunately the Android world has moved on and we are already looking forward for the next Nexus tablet. The fact that HP Slate 7 has little outdated specs will likely affect the number of sales it will be able to generate. Many of the potential buyers these days do a thorough research before purchasing any device, the current economic state demands that and HP Slate 7 will look quite sub-standard when compared with other devices, especially Nexus 7.
The HP Slate 7 comes with a 7 inch LCD display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. A 1.6 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor will run the show with the aid of 1 GB RAM. The HP Slate 7 will feature 8 GB internal memory with microSD card slot, 3 MP rear and VGA front facing cameras and a 13.4 WHr battery. Usual connectivity options like WiFi and Bluetooth will also be included. On the OS side, the tablet will run Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean.
While we would love to support HP, it is quite evident that the HP Slate 7 is arriving late.
Source: HP UK