Earlier today, HP unveiled it’s first Android tablet, the Slate7! We’ve spotted HP’s budget entry into the Android world tonight at the Pepcom event and switched on the cameras. We’ve managed to get our hands on the red version and were immediately surprised by the good first impression. The biggest advantage of the Slate7? Its price! Starting at just USD 169, HP is ready to enter an already crowded market. So, what’s the Slate7 all about?
The first impression is a good one. While the back comes in a nice, not too slippery red or grey finish, the whole device is surrounded by a stainless-steel frame. The front is dominated by a 7″ High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel display, which offers wide viewing angles, but a resolution of only 1,024 x 600 pixels. There are no physical buttons on the front.
Our unit featured a nice flashy red color, which certainly caught some attention. Located on the back is also the 3 Megapixel camera, as well as the familiar Beats Audio logo. On the inside we find a dual-core A9 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
The top of the Slate7 offers a familar setup: 3,5mm audio jack, micro-SD card slot as well as the Power-/Standby-button.
There is a micro-USB connector at the bottom, as well as two speakers.
The HP slate arrived with Android 4.1.1 on board. The specifications are what can be expected from a device with such a nice price, and we did notice a slight lag while trying. Still, it does have a nice feel to it and we’re certainly looking forward to try the HP Slate7 when it arrives.