HP's new Android tablets are powered by Tegra, and priced to sell
If you're willing to pony up an additional $50, you can buy the HP Slate 7 Extreme for $199.99. With a 7 inch display offering resolution of 1280 x 800, the Extreme has the NVIDIA Tegra 4 under the hood here with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage. Inside, a 4100mAh battery powers the slab, and Android 4.2.2 is pre-installed. This model is available in Slate silver. Or shall we say that this model will be available in Slate silver. Right now, the Slate7 Extreme is out of stock.
And that brings us to the HP Slate 8 Pro. Equipped with an 8 inch screen made with Gorilla Glass and carrying resolution of 1600 x 1200, the Slate8 Pro is also powered by the Tegra 4. With 1GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage, this model comes in Snow White (dwarfs not included) for $329.99. A 5680mAh battery powers the tablet while Android 4.2 is driving this puppy.
If you're looking to go off the beaten path for the purchase of an Android tablet, you might want to see if HP has what it takes to get your business. A couple of low priced 7 inch models compete in a pretty filled niche, and the Slate 8 Pro is a lower priced Apple iPad mini competitor.
HP's new Android tablets
source: HP via AndroidandMe
1. Dr.Phil (Posts: 904; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I'm guessing those that have a problem with the regular Tegra Note's build quality will want the HP Slate 7 Extreme. It's identical in all of it's specifications except the shell it comes in (at least to my knowledge). If I were in the market, I would be torn between the HP Slate 7 Extreme and the Dell Venue 8 (which costs $180). I also wonder how well these companies keep up with software updates.
4. Finalflash (Posts: 1689; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Well they didn't do so well last time and this time the market is very hot so I lack some faith in their abilities. But here's to hoping they learned their lessons and are now properly devoting the resources needed.
7. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
That's the most important question that should be answered. As far a build quality, nothing to brag about.
And the other question, how good is HP customization fairs the competition? Namely Nexus.
3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Tegra 4 powering a 1280x800 display? That would totally crush the benchmarks (at least in the graphics department). Now waiting for Snapdragon 600/800 on a qHD screen (because 720p is too mainstream)
5. taikucing (unregistered)
I haven't seen any Tegra 4 devices yet.
6. Planterz (Posts: 744; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
The Plus doesn't offer anything that the Hisense Sero 7 Pro does, unless there's something they're not telling us yet (smaller/thinner/lighter would be nice).
The Extreme is only a few bucks less than the 2013 Nexus 7 and can't compare spec-wise.
The 8 Pro is only a few bucks less than the LG G Pad 8.3, with lower resolution. I don't know how the Tegra 4 compares to the S4 Snapdragon the LG comes with, but it only has 1gb RAM compared to 2gb.
3 swings, 3 misses by HP. Move along folks, nothing to see here.
8. renz4 (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
performance wise the 8 pro could come out better since tegra 4 is better than snapdragon 600 used in LG Pad 8.3
9. yowanvista (Posts: 302; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
I wonder if those will ever receive Android 4.4 given that the HP Slate 7 is still running a rather dated version of Android.
10. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 201; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
With 1 GB of RAM, there's no reason they couldn't. It is all a matter of HP putting forth the resources to make it happen.
11. deuel18 (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Sounds a good strategy. They included microSD slot with Tegra 4.