HP re-enters the tablet game with the Slate 7


February 25, 2013

The Slate 7 is the company's first-ever Android tablet

The Slate 7 is the company's first-ever Android tablet

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Hewlett-Packard has a decidedly rocky history when it comes to tablets. Its first and only other consumer entry into the highly competitive market failed to gain traction in a fairly dramatic (and public) fashion. That said, the company has finally accepted that the tablet space is simply too important to ignore, announcing its first-ever Android tablet, the Slate 7.

Rather than attempting to go after the high-end, iPad-dominated section of the market, HP has opted for a more wallet-friendly and modest approach with its first major tablet since the ill-fated TouchPad. The new device features a 13-ounce (367-g) stainless-steel frame, housing a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, an ARM 1.6 GHz dual-core A9 processor, 1GB RAM, 16 GB storage and dual cameras (3MP and VGA).

Unsurprisingly, the company has dropped its own webOS platform and opted instead for the Jelly Bean flavor of Android (4.1). Similarly to HTC's One X smartphones, the Slate 7 also features built in Beats Audio, though this is the first time we've seen it on a tablet.

The slate's pricing matches its modest specs, coming in at a fairly reasonable US$169. There is however a lot of competition at this end of the tablet space, with devices such as Google's Nexus 7 coming in at a similar price point ($199) and offering higher specs in many areas, including a higher resolution 1280 x 800 display and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

HP's TouchPad tablet was discontinued in August 2011, less than two months after its initial release. The device ran on the company's own webOS platform and suffered from a lack of both apps and consumer interest, only truly obtaining the latter when its price was slashed following the discontinuation announcement. The company has also previously released the Slate 500 and Slate 2 Windows-based business tablets, neither of which proved a significant success.

The Slate 7 is due for release in the United States in April.

Source: Hewlett-Packard

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Reading this article on the Touchpad and using Splashtop to control my PC too. Still like it and WebOS. Having used and iPad Mini though, I would say the sweet spot size is 8".

Dan Barkley

I have the HP TouchPad, use it for internet, kindle, gmail, love it, love the inductive charging and the display mode when charging

Bill Bennett

WebOS was not the problem with the TouchPad, HP was. You cannot spend that much money on an OS and kill it off with one failed product launch.


I was raised by my Great Grandmother born in 1878. When she went to school they used a slate to do their work.The reason was paper was to expensive.If I were HP I would go after the K thru 12 students. All their text books could be on one plus art and music. What a real positive change that would be. I think book publishing will go the way of the blacksmith.

Ernest Garee

I like it so far. Have yet to get a tablet so I'll keep an eye for it when it comes out. Really happy with the Android platform - not so much with my webOS Palm Pre.

Sambath Pech
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