MWC: HP Unveils $169 Android-Based Slate 7 Tablet
Mobile World Congress, BARCELONA – Hewlett-Packard has launched a new Android device, the low-cost HP Slate 7 Tablet.
Announced at the MWC in Barcelona, Spain, the Slate 7 features with a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and comes with built-in Beats Audio support, 3 MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera.
The Slate 7 runs on Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software, thus it has access to apps on Google Play.
HP’s first effort in the tablet market was the webOS-based HP TouchPad but quickly exited the business as it failed to gain any ground in an iPad dominated market. HP had paid $1.2 billion to purchase the webOS business from Palm in 2010.
With a pricing of $169, the Slate 7 will compete with the top-selling non-iPad tablets in shelves today — the $199 Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
The HP Slate 7 will be available in April this year.