HP 7 Plus tablet launches, yours for just $99.99
May21

HP 7 Plus tablet launches, yours for just $99.99

From time to time HP likes to launch a new cheap, low-end tablet in the US. We’re at such a moment right now, and the new device in question is called HP 7 Plus. A simple name for a simple tablet, which has price as its big differentiating factor. That’s because you can purchase one right now, straight from HP, for just $99.99. You obviously don’t get much in terms of specs for that price, but for a low-end tablet this isn’t bad. The HP 7 Plus comes with a 7-inch 1,024×600 touchscreen, a 1 GHz quad-core processor (with ARM Cortex-A7 cores), 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 2 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11n, and a 2,800 mAh battery (which may be its biggest shortcoming). It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and is unlikely to ever receive an update taking it past that. Obviously this is no Nexus 7, but keep in mind that it’s less than half the price of Google’s latest small tablet. And perhaps there’s a market for such things after all, since HP insists on launching more and more cheap tablets like this one. If you’re interested in getting an HP 7 Plus, then this is where you need to go to do just...

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HP 8 1401 is a cheap Android tablet that’s landed in the US
Mar07

HP 8 1401 is a cheap Android tablet that’s landed in the US

HP has added yet another Android-powered tablet to its ever-increasing portfolio today, the oddly named 8 1401. No ‘Slate’ or ‘Slate Pro’ branding here, which is something that the company has used for its previous efforts. That lack of branding may be explained by this being an even lower-end tablet than HP’s other products. Though what the 8 1401 lacks in terms of specs, it may make up for through its price. You can now buy one straight from HP for just $169.99. For that amount of dough, you get a 7.85-inch 1,024×768 IPS touchscreen, a 1 GHz quad-core Allwinner A31 processor (based on ARM Cortex-A7), 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, a 2 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, Wi-Fi, and a 3,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 200.3×136.3×7.95 mm, and it weighs 370 grams. Apparently HP is also planning on taking the 8 1401 to Europe, though it’s unclear when exactly it will land over there. The price should be around €170 in those countries. Sure, this is far from the high-end, but it has a decently low price and may prove to be an interesting option for those who are averse to paying $60 more for a (slightly smaller) Nexus 7. Via Notebook Italia Via...

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HP Slate 7 Extreme now available for $199.99
Jan07

HP Slate 7 Extreme now available for $199.99

Quick: what kind of looks like a Tegra Note, has the specs of a Tegra Note, but isn’t quite a Tegra Note? Well, it’s HP’s Slate 7 Extreme Android tablet, which has just gone on sale via the company’s own online store. It could be said that this is HP’s unique interpretation of Nvidia’s Tegra Note platform slash tablet, and it certainly looks like any other Tegra Note branded by other manufacturers. From the front, at least. The back is different, so we’re confused as to whether this is actually a Tegra Note or if HP decided to do its own thing that ended up being identical to that in terms of specs and pricing. Anyway, speaking of specs, the Slate 7 Extreme comes with a 7-inch 1,280×800 touchscreen, an Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage space, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, and a 4,100 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If you’re interested in picking one up, know that it’s quite affordable at $199.99. Though for just $30 more you could get yourself a Nexus 7 which comes with a higher-res screen and pretty much guaranteed software updates from Google (right now you’d be running Android 4.4 KitKat, not 4.2, for...

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HP Slate 8 Pro and Slate 7 Plus available in the US now. Slate 7 Extreme not yet on sale
Dec02

HP Slate 8 Pro and Slate 7 Plus available in the US now. Slate 7 Extreme not yet on sale

HP has started selling two of its Android tablets that were announced back in September: the Slate 8 Pro and the Slate 7 Plus (aka Slate 7 HD). The Slate 8 Pro costs $329.99, runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and features: an 8 inch Gorilla Glass 3 display with 1600 x 1200 pixels, quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor (1.8GHz), Beats Audio, 8MP rear camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 5,680 mAh battery. The tablet can be bought here at HP’s official US website. The Slate 7 Plus is way cheaper than the Slate 8 Pro, and that’s because it’s pretty much an entry-level tablet. It costs $149.99, offering Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 7 inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels, Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, 5MP rear camera, and a 4,000 mAh battery. You can buy the Slate 7 Plus here. HP is also listing the Slate 7 Extreme over at its official website – for $199.99. However, this can’t be purchased at the moment. Like the Slate 8 Pro, the Slate 7 Extreme is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor.   The HP Slate 8 Pro and Slate 7 Extreme are appearing at BestBuy, too (here and here), but only the 8 inch tablet is available to purchase (for the same price that HP is asking –...

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HP launches three low-cost Compaq Android tablets in China
Oct31

HP launches three low-cost Compaq Android tablets in China

Last month, HP introduced no less than four new Android-powered tablets for the US market, and today the company unveiled three more. These, though, are meant for the Chinese market (and may one day be released in other ‘developing’ nations). They’re called Compaq 7, Compaq 7+, and Compaq 8. It’s interesting to see HP use the Compaq brand here, one that it’s gone to in the past for cheap offerings (though primarily laptops until now). As you might have imagined, the numbers reveal the tablets’ respective screen sizes. The Compaq 7 has a 7-inch 1,024×600 TN panel, while the 7+ uses an IPS display for increased quality. The Compaq 8 has a 7.85-inch 1,024×768 IPS touchscreen, and an all-metal construction, both reminiscent of the original iPad Mini. All three tablets come with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 based processor from Allwinner, the A31S. They also all have 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB or 16 GB of storage, and the software running the show in all cases is Google’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Prices start at 999 yuan, which amounts to approximately $164 or €120 at the current exchange rates. Obviously the pricing is one of the main features here, and it should ensure that these new Compaq tablets by HP sell reasonably well in China. Via Yesky Via...

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HP intros four new Android tablets: Slate 7 HD, Slate 10 HD, Slate 7 Extreme, and Slate 8 Pro
Sep19

HP intros four new Android tablets: Slate 7 HD, Slate 10 HD, Slate 7 Extreme, and Slate 8 Pro

In a rather surprising move, today HP has announced no less than 4 new Android tablets: Slate 7 HD, Slate 10 HD, Slate 7 Extreme, and Slate 8 Pro. The Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD share many of their features, but obviously have different screen sizes: 7 inch, and 10 inch (both with 1280 x 800 pixels). They offer optional 4G connectivity, Beats Audio, front and rear cameras, and a similar design. HP says the Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD will be released in the US in November – no word on how much they cost, and neither on what version of Android they’ll run at launch. According to HP, “certain models of the Slate HD and Slate 10 HD include two years of free mobile internet service – up to 200 MB of 4G data per month – on the T-Mobile network.” Next, the HP 7 Extreme comes with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixels display, a “a precision stylus pen”, and “room-booming audio with front firing speakers.” Finally, the HP 8 Pro sports a 7.98 inch display with 1600 x 1200 pixels (that’s an iPad Mini competitor here), featuring a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 8MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera. Like the Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD, the HP 7 Extreme and HP 8 Pro will be released in the US in November. All in all, HP now has six Android tablets: the four new ones, plus the original 7-inch Slate, and the SlateBook x2. Via Press...

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HP Slate 8 Pro surfaces through benchmark, has Tegra 4 CPU and 8″ 1,600×1,200 touchscreen
Aug14

HP Slate 8 Pro surfaces through benchmark, has Tegra 4 CPU and 8″ 1,600×1,200 touchscreen

Did you know that after its failed webOS experiment, HP is back at making mobile devices? Tablets, specifically? Well, it’s true, although the Slate 7 is in no way a best seller. But that apparently won’t stop the company from launching a new, bigger Android tablet soon. It’s going to be called HP Slate 8 Pro. Since the Slate 7 is a seven-incher, we assume that the Slate 8 will have an 8-inch touchscreen. Its resolution will be 1,600×1,200, which means its display will have 4:3 aspect ratio – the same as Apple’s iPads, but not a very popular one in the Android tablet world. That puts the Slate 8 Pro at a respectable 250 ppi (just under the Retina Display-equipped iPads). The hardware currently in testing is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and we assume this will also be the version that powers the shipping devices. The Slate 8 Pro sports a 1.8 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, which is still pretty rare these days. All these details about HP’s new tablet come to us thanks to a public benchmark result. So yes, someone is testing this and decided to run GFXBench, and here we are. You can understand then that we still don’t have a rumored release date, or pricing for the HP Slate 8 Pro (codenamed Bodhi). But we’ll get those to you as soon as we...

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HP Brave: upcoming Android smartphone gets leaked renders and specs (Update: it’s a fake)
Jul16

HP Brave: upcoming Android smartphone gets leaked renders and specs (Update: it’s a fake)

HP is apparently getting ready to get back in the smartphone game. This after they’ve made their debut in the tablet space once again with the Slate 7. Gone is webOS from HP’s devices, though. The mobile OS that powered the Pre and its successors has in the meantime been sold to LG, which will use it in TVs for whatever reason. Yet HP still wants to have a go at the mobile market. Just not with webOS, it seems. The company’s new beloved mobile OS is, unsurprisingly, Android. After releasing the Slate 7 which runs Google’s mobile operating system, a smartphone is next. Oh, and by the way, here it is: Name? Unknown yet, but it’s codenamed Brave. HP Brave. Yeah. And the images above are supposed to be renders depicting it. Through some benchmark results, we also have a few of its specs. The new HP smartphone will come with a 4.5-inch 1,600×900 touchscreen, a 14.5 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, a 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, and 2 GB of RAM. That chipset is quickly becoming the one of record for upcoming high-end Androids, yet the screen resolution used here is something new to the Android world. And a 14.5 MP camera would be a first on any mobile device. 5 MP front cameras aren’t that common either, except in China, where they’re used to fuel a ‘women-focused’ smartphone craze. At the moment, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is running the show in the HP Brave, but that doesn’t mean it will necessarily run this version at launch. It’s too early to tell. And speaking of that, we’ve yet to find out when this will be out or for how much. But it’s safe to assume that 2013 will be the year of HP’s comeback into the mobile world, tablets and smartphones alike. Via Phone Arena here and here Update: BGR.com just got a statement from the company regarding this phone, and HP is very straightforward about it. The render above (and probably the rest of the info) is a fabrication: This is a fabrication. This is not an HP phone. HP will expand to additional mobility categories and form factors where we believe we can offer differentiated value to our customers. We will bring smartphones to market but are not giving a timetable....

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HP unveils the Slate 21 AIO, a 21.5-inch Android-powered all-in-one desktop computer with a touchscreen
Jun24

HP unveils the Slate 21 AIO, a 21.5-inch Android-powered all-in-one desktop computer with a touchscreen

HP has just announced a 21.5-inch Android tablet. No, really. This isn’t April Fools Day. And there’s no typo, you read that right – a 21.5-inch tablet. Well, it’s being sold as a desktop ‘all-in-one’, as they say, but it runs Android, unlike every other AIO out there. This clearly shows that HP is starting to bet more and more on Android. On one hand, such a huge Android device seems ludicrous. On the other hand, the original Samsung Galaxy Note seemed so too when it was announced. And look at how the ‘phablet’ category has been growing ever since. So maybe this newly invented niche (let’s call them megablets) will catch on too. Who knows… The thing is called HP Slate 21 AIO. It’s got a 1080p Full HD IPS touchscreen, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, DTS sound, an HD webcam, Wireless Direct, and it runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (which thankfully includes multi-user support). The Slate 21 will be out in the US in September, and pricing will start at $399. This is… interesting, for lack of a better word, and the low price certainly makes it even more so. This happens to be one of the first devices to sport Nvidia’s Tegra 4 chipset. Undoubtedly, that will offer excellent performance for an Android device, but how many people are willing to have Android on their desktop computer remains to be seen. Via CNET and...

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HP intros SlateBook 10 x2 with Android Jelly Bean, Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU
May15

HP intros SlateBook 10 x2 with Android Jelly Bean, Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU

The HP SlateBook 10 x2 that we told you about last month is now official, as HP has announced it alongside the HP Split x2 – a 13.3 inch Windows 8 notebook. As its name suggests, the SlateBook 10 x2 has a 10 inch display (1920 x 1080 pixels). It’s powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, being “the first Android hybrid” to use this new chipset. Like Asus’ Transformer tablets, the SlateBook x2 comes with a detachable keyboard dock, which includes a second battery. Other features: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, stereo speakers, DTS sound enhancements, Kingsoft Office, USB, HDMI, and MicroSD card support. There are two cameras (on the front and back), but HP didn’t provide details on those. The company also doesn’t mention if the SlateBook x2 has 3G (or LTE) connectivity – it probably doesn’t, which means you’ll rely only on Wi-Fi for accessing the Internet. The SlateBook x2 will be available starting August, in two color versions: “smoke silver”, and white. Prices will being at $479.99 – which isn’t bat at all, especially since this includes the keyboard dock. You can see the tablet in action in the video presentation embedded below: The SlateBook x2 is HP’s second Android tablet. The first one is the affordable 7 inch Slate, which can be bought for $169.99. Via Press...

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