Carry your world in the palm of your hand. Think smaller with the HP Slate 7 featuring Android 4.1. Keep your photos, documents, music, games, and apps with you every step of the day. And, access and manage it all on the go with a fully-featured, 7-inch diagonal tablet that brings everything down to size –including price.
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain earlier this week, HP announced that they are re-entering the Tablet market with an inexpensive Android 4.1 tablet that has full access with Google Play. It’s a surprising revelation! HP was one of the original producers of a tablet but failed because they chose to use a proprietary system called WebOS.
But, at the MWC, HP confirmed yesterday that it will sell its webOS operating system (OS) to LG Electronics. The Korean-based firm says it plans to integrate the OS into its smart TVs, but not tablets or handsets. HP, which acquired the OS as part of a $1.2 billion purchase of Palm in 2010, will transfer the webOS source code, engineering expertise and patents to LG. However, HP’s COO Bill Veghte said that the company will retain the patents and all the technology relating to the cloud service of webOS.
By embracing Android, HP is now a major player and ready to win in the affordable tablet field. If it’s on Google Play, it will work on this fully-certified Android tablet. Enjoy access to an ever -expanding world of music, apps, movies, and more.
Powered by an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, the HP Slate is fast and responsive. Integrated wireless allows customers to access email, the internet and key applications, while the High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel offers wide viewing angles that provide easy viewing of documents, games, photos and videos—even in outdoor lighting conditions – with a resolution of 1024×600.
The HP Slate 7 includes a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for chatting, videos and photos. Thanks to built-in Beats Audio, the HP Slate 7 is designed for the best sounding, richest audio available on a tablet.
With the HP ePrint application, customers can easily print while at home or on the go, and the exclusive native printing capability enables customers to print directly from most applications. A micro USB port allows customers to easily transfer files, and a suite of applications from HP spans exclusive games to productivity tools.
It’s obvious that HP is pursuing some of the market share of the Asus Nexus 7 and the HP branding and recognition may attract a considerable number of customers. Currently available in 2 colors, gray and red, it appears that the Slate 7 is ready to stir up some excitement in the affordable tablet genre.
The Slate 7 is slated for a release in April 2013 and this 13-ounce tablet is set to sell for less than $170. Supported by HP warranties and customer service, the Slate 7 is an inviting product for all those who still shy from buying a tablet.