HP Slate 7 now available for $169.99
A little bit over two months after it was officially announced, the HP Slate 7 is now finally available to buy online – and straight from HP’s own online store. The tablet may be delayed in Europe until June, but in the US it’s out starting today.
The price you need to pay for HP’s first Android tablet has remained unchanged from the unveiling – $169.99. This will net you a 7-inch 1,024×600 touchscreen, a dual-core 1.6 GHz processor, a 3 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 3,500 mAh battery. The Slate 7 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
It’s cheaper than Google’s Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet, but it’s inferior, specs-wise, in almost all regards. The $30 more which you’d need to pay for the Nexus 7 would give you two more processor cores, a higher-res touchscreen, a bigger battery, and much better software support. On the flip side, however, you’d lose the microSD card slot as well as the rear camera.
Both of these tablets are worthy contenders in the cheap echelons of the market, but each has its own strengths and weaknesses, so you should pick one based solely on what your priorities are.