HP unveiled the Slate 7 during the Consumer Electronics Show back in January 2013. HP’s re-entry into the tablet market and that too through an Android based tablet indicates that the PC maker is definitely going for a change in its strategy, which was otherwise always Microsoft inclined, in a bid to recover lost ground and sales because of slack PC demand across the globe.
There had been no confirmation up until now from HP regarding the availability or pricing of Slate 7 but, the recent product page update clears all the fog around the awaited tablet. HP’s tablet market re-entry with a lower priced and small screen tablet is quite understandable as this particular segment of tablets is appealing not only always-on-the-move pros but also students.
The HP Slate 7, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has been designed to appeal to more consumer markets. The tablet has 8GB of on-board storage; is powered by an ARM 1.6GHz dual-core processor and is equipped with 1GB of RAM.
Not much different from that of the Nexus 7, the Slate 7 weights 372g and is fitted with a 3.15MP rear-facing camera while also on offer are Beat audio stereo speakers.