After weeks of release date rumors and wild guesses as to it potential specs and features, the HP Slate 7 has been officially unveiled by Hewlett Packard. And while the new HP tablet itself might not have come as much of a surprise, it’s fair to say that few were expecting the Slate 7 to debut with a price tag of just $169.
Last time around, Hewlett Packard’s attempts to win over the mainstream tablet PC market with the HP TouchPad proved to be one of the most cataclysmic disasters in the history of tablet PC technology – largely due to its webOS operating system. This time around however, the HP Slate 7 will be going head to head with the most popular budgets tablets on the market today and at $179 will be priced significantly lower than the bar-setting Google Nexus 7.
So, the question now is that of what the HP Slate 7 serves up it terms of specs and features to deliver true bang for buck?
Well, we’re of course looking at a 7-inch tablet PC which is fast becoming the preferred size the world over, which rather weightier than its rivals at 370g isn’t nearly as heavy-feeling as you’d expect. Under the hood lies a decent enough Cortex A9 dual-core processor and a standard serving of 1GB of RAM, while the 8GB built-in storage can be bumped up with a micro-SD card.
Screen-wise, the HP Slate 7 packs a comparatively modest 1,024 by 600 panel, which according to the company ups the ante by offering superb clarity and brightness even in bright outdoor lighting. There is also a 3-megapixel camera to the rear and the bare-minimum VGA front-facing camera for video calling.
As far as its official launch goes, the HP Slate 7 release date has been penciled in for April for the US and various Asian markets, so we’ll be finding out soon enough how it performs against the big dogs.