HP's new Android tablets are powered by Tegra, and priced to sell

HP's new Android tablets are powered by Tegra, and priced to sell
HP has introduced three new Android tablets. The company didn't raise a big fuss about them, at least not yet, and has had the trio listed on its product page. The HP Slate7 Plus features a 7 inch screen and is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3. The tablet comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of native storage and is available in silver for $149.99. We should mention that Android 4.2.2 is pre-installed and that a 4000mAh cell keeps the lights on.

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.


source: HP via AndroidandMe

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11 Comments

11. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Sounds a good strategy. They included microSD slot with Tegra 4.

9. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 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: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

performance wise the 8 pro could come out better since tegra 4 is better than snapdragon 600 used in LG Pad 8.3

5. taikucing unregistered

I haven't seen any Tegra 4 devices yet.

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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)

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2578; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

My thoughts exactly.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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: Mar 25, 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.

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