This afternoon in Barcelona the folks from HP have officially entered the Android tablet game. We heard rumors it was coming, and now it’s confirmed. Today HP has announced a new 7-inch Android tablet that they hope will take on the Nexus 7, and other budget friendly slates. With mid-range specs and a low price can this dual-core lower resolution tablet compete for $169? Read on for all the details.

After a failed HP TouchPad that is still alive running Android ports, the PC giant has officially entered the Android market with their first 7-inch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet. The specs match up with the Nexus 7 in most areas although the two most important parts were sadly forgotten. Those being the processor, and the screen resolution.

The HP Slate 7 comes with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, and only a 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor but no additional details on the CPU were given. You’ll be enjoying 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage as well as a micro-SD slot for expanded storage options. They’ve tossed in a 3 megapixel rear and VGA front camera for Google+ Hangouts, and the entire tablet is only 10.7 mm thin.

HP’s new 7-inch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet is the first Android slate to rock integrated Beats Audio for superior sound. If it sounds anything like the HP TouchPad it will have some of the best sound available for an Android tablet. The entire slate is made of a stainless-steel frame and will be offered in steel, black or red color options. HP’s also announced their HP ePrint app for wireless printing on the go and more. We’ve just learned all the details and will report back with some hands-on impressions shortly. The HP Slate 7 will be available in April for $169.


  1. it might work ….especially if it comes with gorilla glass unlike the nexus 7 and the screen and digitizer arent fused like the nexus


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