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HP outs the Slate 7: a $170 Android tablet with Beats Audio

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HP outs the Slate 7: a $170 Android tablet with Beats Audio
HP is cozying up to Google lately, introducing a Chromebook, and now it throws in an Android tablet for a good measure. It just lifted the veil over the HP Slate 7 tablet, which runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and as fitting for HP sports Beats Audio.

The specs include a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor, 1024x600 pixels 7" screen, 3 MP camera on the back, 8 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for its expansion.

If you are scoffing are the hardware, the price will make you grin with delight, as that's been HP's goal all along - to make a very affordable slate, cheaper than even the Nexus 7. How does $169.99 sound to you? Pretty good, and it will be available in April with about five hours of battery life.

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posted on 24 Feb 2013, 11:44 3

1. techguy22 (Posts: 226; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


good but outdated specs, screen mediocre camera(not sure why people need camera on a tablet anyway) people will buy this though. but 30 dollars more will get you a 16GB nexus 7. more money for your buck.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 11:52 4

2. qazwsx (Posts: 21; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


I (had) a nexus 7(untill I broke the screen rendering it useless). I was a very happy owner. However, I think this fills some of the gaps it was missing IMHO. Camera? You use that more than you might expect( for scanning QR codes, intragram and such) Also, might I point out one of the n7's biggest flaws was lack of micro SD. I could fit only a couple of movies at a time, which was very inconveinient for long trips.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:36

18. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


You're prob the only person to scan QR's with a tablet. I've seen people use only their phones for such a purpose--along with Instagram. Ever see any chicks taking mirror shots with a tablet? Lawlz

MicroSD's will eventually disappear. Just get a 32GB N7 and call it a day. Hell, I'm sure (this Summer) a 64GB N7 will be released.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 20:30

21. qazwsx (Posts: 21; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


Hmm hmm 50 dollars for 16 extra gb or 15 bucks for a 32 gig micro SD. please help me with this brainbuster. This summer, nexus seven will hardly get any attention, because it will be over two years old, and there will more than likely(fingers crossed) be an updated version of the n7.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 22:07 2

22. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I have a serious question: What is wrong with you?

Over two years old??? We are in 2013...the FIRST wave of N7 shipments went out July 2012. Doing the math--which apparently is hard for you--would make the tablet ONE year old, by this Summer.

I'm not even gonna ready anything else by you, or comment anymore to you. Tool.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 22:20

23. qazwsx (Posts: 21; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


You are right I meant one. No need for the name calling, I'm not here to get in a fight or to troll.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 11:57 1

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6139; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Not so sure bout the quality in hardware with the price. As long they put beats audio it will sell but not so sure. I would buy a tablet from 249-399$

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 16:02 1

13. nikenturd (unregistered)


Beats Audio is overrated. A properly tweaked Galaxy Note 2 or S3 (equipped with Wolfson audio chip inside) has more superior sound quality due to its more pronounced mids and has a warmer overall tone, perfect for listening heavy metal, jazz and classical....I never understood the hype about Beats, really, I have previously owned two beats mobile devices and they sounded too trebly to my liking

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 12:06 1

4. valapsp (Posts: 469; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


5 hours of battery life. Wowwww

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 15:42 1

10. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Hahaha!

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 13:01

5. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 779; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Hmmm...guess its a nice tablet for those who just want something small and light for traveling, that will fulfill their needs at a decent price.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 13:46 3

6. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


And for an extra $30 you can a tablet that was a 720p screen, higher ppi, qaud-core cpu, and a Gorilla glass screen w/ an IPS panel. Nice fail, HP.

Nexus 7, all day long.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 13:56

7. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Hardly a fail, i mean nexus 7 is awesome but HP have made a good stating tablet here for the price and it has a micro SD card slot ... does a nexus 7 have that?

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:28 1

16. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


The Slate comes with only 8GB storage. Go ahead and buy your precious microSD card......you'll still have an inferior device. I'd simply pay $250 for the 32GB N7.

Tegra 3/GPS/IPS/Gyrometer/Stock JB/720p ----Does the Slate have those?

Moron.

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 10:08

24. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Dude I think your the moron here if you can read properly I said the N7 is an awesome device and NOWHERE did i say this device is better all I am saying is that the hp has a memory slot and that is good...dude please stop writing rubbish

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 12:47

25. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


My comment was supposed to be for 'qazwsx.' (comment #21)

Totally my fault :-) Don't get all butthurt, boo boo :-*

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 14:59

26. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Oh haha sorry to come across annoyed!

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 15:33 1

9. qazwsx (Posts: 21; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm almost certain N7 doesn't have gorilla glass

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:20

14. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I have the 8GB N7. When the device was first posted on the Play Store's site, May '12, Gorilla Glass was on the spec sheet. When the 2nd and 3rd waves of he N7 were produced--and the 8GB's were no longer avail--Corning Glass replaced Gorilla Glass on the spec sheet.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 15:53

12. nikenturd (unregistered)


Why do berate the Nexus 7 so highly? It is a good tablet for browsing and other light apps , but gaming? The quad Mali beats it all day

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:32

17. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Lay off the rock, bro.

The N7 can handle anything you throw at it. Lite apps and you question gaming? You're a joke.

The quad Mali is irrelevant in this discussion. We're comparing the N7 and the Slate.

Gain some common sense.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:21

15. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I typefailed so hard. I was on my phone xD

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 13:57

8. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Quite good to finally see a rivalling tablet from HP that actually looks like it has a chance of selling. Can only be good for consumers!

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 15:48 1

11. nikenturd (unregistered)


Why did they skimp on the screen resolution? Come on 1024 pixels is soo Netbook era, tablet makers these days should put at least 1280 pixels minimum

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:55

19. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


if this had higher end specs i would've bought it even if it did have to cost a little more to cushion those specs. this has a great design, stock JB and i'm a big fan of HP.

maybe they'll announce a high-end 10.1" tablet too. o:

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 19:11 1

20. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


Looks great. Sell for $149 and we got a really nice budget contender!

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