With just a few days to spare in April, HP has officially launched the Slate 7 tablet for those in the US market. Given HP had been pretty forthcoming in terms of details, this launch comes with little in terms of surprise. Basically, that is to say the 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet is now available and sitting priced at $169.99.

Sticking with the topic of price, this will likely bring a question as to whether one should go with a Slate 7 or Nexus 7. Ultimately you will have to decide that for yourself, however we can say that the Nexus 7 is currently selling for $199.99, which as you can likely see — is just $30 more. Lets take a look at the specs for each beginning first with the Slate 7.

This tablet is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display, dual-core 1.6GHz ARM A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, VGA quality front-facing camera and a 3 megapixel rear-facing camera. The Slate 7 also has a microSD card slot and Beats Audio. Shifting over to the Nexus 7 and we have a tablet that is also sporting a 7-inch display, except this one is at 1280 x 800.

The Nexus 7 is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Basically, the Nexus 7 does not have the rear-facing camera or microSD card slot, but on the flip side it does have double the amount of internal storage space. Bottom line here, while both tablets will likely be more than capable for everyday use, the decision will come down to whether you feel the higher-resolution display, faster processor and extra storage would be worth the $30 premium.

[via HP]

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  • Zoid

    SD Card… YES! Just what I’ve been waiting for. Time to build my Car entertainment system.

    • Captain_Doug

      Same idea.

  • Give me a Slate with JB 4.2 to allow for different user profiles and I’ll be glad to snatch one of those up for the family so that everyone can have their own game save files.

  • oneijack

    But the nexus 7 2.0 is just a few weeks away. Why sink your hard earned cash on crusty when new hotness (with its rumored specs) will crush this.

    • Sandro DeSantis

      Hp should be embarrassed to be launching a new product with worse specs than nexus 7 thats a year old…. I agree, wait for nexus 7 2.0

  • The Slate 7 forum is now open at slate7forum dot com.