After a first reveal in February 2013, HP has finally launched its mid-range tablet, the HP Slate 7, a Google-Android based table.
HP has recently been ramping up its premium priced products, is trying to add more customers fond of the Android OS, by adding special features such as Beats Audio.
With a starting price ranging from $170 to $189, rumors say that HP has managed to manufacture the tablet at this affordable price with cutbacks from possible hardware options. The ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with 1.6 GHZ frequency and the 4MP rear-facing camera and a VGA front camera are covered by a stainless steel frame.
Even though it has good properties for a mid-range tablet, reviews claim that the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD are better at a close price range, not to mention the iPad Mini 2, which is rumored to be released yet this year.
Comparing the HP Slate 7 strictly to the Google Nexus 7, one downside for the Slate comes from the screen resolution size, which is 1024×600, compared to the Nexus 7 that has a 1280×800 and has been on the market for two years now, at a price of $199. Even when it comes to weight the HP Slate7 hasn’t managed to beat his opponents, with 370g, while even the Galaxy Note weighs 340g, and the winner in this weight category is the Apple’s current iPad Mini with weight of 312g.
Even if there are voices who say that the HP Slate 7 is not top of the art on the market, still its pricing is the lowest on the market, making it affordable for many customers and Android users.