The HP Slate 7 Android 4.1 Tablet – An Ingenious Product for the Entry-Level Tablet Consumer Market

As the market for personal computers gets smaller, Computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard have developed an android tablet, targeting the growing Android mobile computer consumers. The tablet, know as the Slate 7 has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024×600. It has a whopping 8GB of storage, and runs on a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor, and Bluetooth 2.1. The Slate 7 is a replacement for the HP touchpad which did not perform very well on the market. The Android 4.1 device will be starting off at the price of $169, and is set to launch in April 2013. One of the most compelling features of this device is the fact that it will be able to print from several applications, and will be able to do so using HP’s ePrint, tools, and conventional drivers.

The slate 7 has a front-facing VGA webcam, which will make video-conferencing very simple, and a rear-facing 3.0 Megapixel camera for easy photography. It also offers a microSD card slot, allowing you to easily transfer files. The 13.05 ounce, package that comes with the tablet, allows for up to 5 hours of video playback; the package is 10.7mm thick. When asked about the SoC that will be powering the tablet, Hewlett-Packard were unable to give any details, but considering that it is running a 1.6 GHz dual-core chip, based on the Cortex-A9, then one can deduce that it will run on Texas Instruments OMAP 4 variant, which can be found in the Kindle Fire.

HP Slate 7 Android 4.1 Tablet

 When it comes to pricing, it is reasonably priced considering its attractive nature. When compared to its competitors, it will definitely appeal to consumers, who will be looking at the price tag. However, the Nexus 7 has a few extra features, but these will cost the consumer and extra $30. The tablet will perform most of the tasks required by entry-level tablet consumers, who do not need the bells-and-whistles of advanced devices. This is a stroke of genius, on the part of HP, since it will mean improved sales levels for the tablet. Many feel that the manufacturer should have lowered the price, considering the features offered by their nearly-priced competing tablets, but the manufacturer feels that this price is manageable for most consumers.

The Slate 7 is designed in a manner that is pleasing to the eye. It has a 16:9 ratio screen, with a beautiful bevel running around it. The body is made of stainless steel, and has a rubber pad on the back, to avoid accidental slipping. If you want a different color, then there is a red version available. Reviewers who have tested the device say that the movement of slide shows, change of home screens, and starting of some applications, is somewhat slow, but this may be attributed to the fact that the software development is not yet complete. E.g. the slideshow does require JavaScript to run efficiently.

In summary, it is safe to say that Hewlett-Packard did not produce the Slate 7 to wow the market, but to offer a low-priced mass-market product, that will be able to do what most other tablets can.

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