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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Slate 7
  • Display 7.0" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC

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26 Comments

1. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 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good but outdated specs, screen mediocre camera(not sure why people need camera on a tablet anyway) people will buy this though.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.

2. qazwsx

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

18. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

21. qazwsx

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

22. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

23. qazwsx

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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$

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

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

5 hours of battery life. Wowwww

10. cloud_atlas1991

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Hahaha!

5. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1177; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

6. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

7. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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?

16. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

24. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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

25. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

My comment was supposed to be for 'qazwsx.' (comment #21) Totally my fault :-) Don't get all butthurt, boo boo :-*

26. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Oh haha sorry to come across annoyed!

9. qazwsx

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

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

14. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

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

17. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

15. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I typefailed so hard. I was on my phone xD

8. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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!

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

19. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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:

20. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

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

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