After HP threw in the towel on outing devices with its the webOS platform
it had purchased before, the CEO Meg Whitman hinted that the company has to make Android devices
to stay competitive in the mobile realm.
While that strategy is apparently still been ironed out, HP managed to start slow with the aptly-named Slate 7
- a very downmarket Android tablet with a $170 price tag, ready to hit shelves this month.
The HP Slate 7 just appeared for preorder on a French retailer's site, hinting at a European launch, and the pricing there is €149, making it one of the most affordable Android tablets on the Old Continent, and certainly the cheapest brand-name slate there. The kicker is that the site is taking preorders, but availability seems to be almost two months from now, June 1st, so those who preorder will have some waiting to do.