The HP Slate 7 release date has been set for April 2013 and the 7-inch device will be made available at an affordable price of $169. The company has moved away from Windows and the slab is fully-certified for access to the Google Play store. It also features embedded Beats Audio, making it the first Android tablet to do so.
Not all the specs of the device have been made known, but we do have a few. As can be gathered from the name, its display will span 7 inches and consist of a High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel with wide viewing angles also suited for outdoor lighting conditions. It will have dual camera function with the rear lens amounting to a 3MP snapper, while the front-facing webcam is sadly only of VGA resolution.
Among the tablet’s attractive attributes is the fact that it is built into a body that incorporates a stainless-steel frame. The back of the device meanwhile, has been adorned in a soft finish and comes in either gray or red color options, adding to its appeal. Also, it runs on Jelly Bean (version 4.1), which means users will have access to things such as Google Now for quick updates.
The amount of RAM built in hasn’t been specified, although 8GB of internal memory has been padded in for storage needs. This can be expanded by as much as 32GB via a microSD card slot. Other aspects that haven’t been given a mention include connectivity options and battery capacity, although a post on the company’s official ‘The Next Bench’ blog says that it can deliver 5 hours of video playback on a single charge. Finally, a dual core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor rounds up the known spec sheet.
The HP Slate 7, along with the recently revealed Chromebook, marks the company’s increasing focus on the Google platform. With the slab, Customers will be able to opt for a 2-year care pack for $29, or a 2-year care pack with accidental damage protection for $49, when it is released in a few months.
– Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
– 7-inch HFFS display panel (1024 x 600p)
– 3MP rear camera, VGA front-facing webcam
– ARM dual core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 processor
– 8GB of onboard memory
– 197 x 116 x 10.7 millimeters in dimensions
– Weighs 13 ounces