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HP Slate 7 hands-on

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HP Slate 7 hands-on
The HP Slate 7 might seem like just another 7-inch Android tablet, but it means so much more than that. Mostly, because of that logo on its back - it is HP’s first Android tablet and Microsoft better pay attention as its former biggest vendor is now using Google’s platform for tablets.

The HP Slate 7 of course is not a technological masterpiece - you wouldn’t expect this from a device that costs $169 (169 euro). Unlike its Android peers in that price segment though, the Slate 7 feels surprisingly well built. A soft touch back and a light profile make it a pleasure to hold and you’d never think by the feel of it that it is that cheap. On the sides, there is a stainless steel finish. Good job, HP.

But look outside the design department, and you start to see all the compromises HP made to achieve that low price. The 7-inch screen is of the poor 1,024 x 600-pixel resolution and it didn’t quite impress with vibrant colors.

There are a lot of good things going on here, though. The near stock Android 4.1.1 flows smoothly. The 1.6GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor felt snappy enough for basic gaming. Overall, the HP Slate 7 definitely has the potential to give the Nexus 7 a run for its money. Take a look at it below.

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posted on 25 Feb 2013, 09:00 1

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

It looks just like the N7 in the first pic o.O

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 09:23 2

2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Its kinda a weak tablet plus bass beats are over rated

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 10:30

3. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

Meh! :|

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 12:46

4. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

So they are just now entering an oversatureated market where every manufaturer is making cheap android tablet. Good luck with that. They should make some real tablets and stick to windows 8

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