HP announces $169 Slate 7

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HP has announced a super-affordable tablet called the Slate 7 at Mobile World Congress today. It's 7 inches, runs Android 4.1, and will cost a scant $169 when it hits shelves in the U.S. in April. Here's a link to their landing page (opens in new tab), where you can sign up for availability notifications. 

The display clocks in at 1024 x 600, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage plus a microSD slot. There's a 3 megapixel camera on the back, VGA camera on the front, Beats Audio, and weighs a scant 13 oz. Hit the jump for the full press release!

What do you guys think? Anyone remotely surprised to see HP getting out of the webOS game? Does this baby stand a chance of swinging with the Nexus 7 in the world of affordable Android tablets? Leave a comment to pay your consolations to our beloved Derek Kessler

HP Unveils Android Consumer Tablet

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 24, 2013 — HP today announced the HP Slate7, an affordable Android Jelly Bean consumer tablet that provides customers with easy access to Google Mobile services.

With a 7-inch diagonal screen and weighing 13 ounces, the HP Slate7 is an ideal trusted personal companion, featuring a stainless-steel frame and soft black paint in gray or red on the back. It also is the industry's first tablet to offer embedded Beats Audio, for the best-sounding, richest audio experience available on a tablet.

The HP Slate7 delivers the Google experience with services like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multiperson video chat as well as access to apps and digital content through Google Play.(1)

"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP. "Our new HP Slate7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, while our ground-breaking, business-ready HP ElitePad on Windows® 8 is ideal for enterprises and governments. Both deliver the service and support people expect from HP."

The HP Slate7 joins the recently introduced HP Chromebook as part of HP's push to offer access to the Google experience.

HP's tablet offerings reside in the company's newly formed Mobility Global Business Unit, established in September 2012 with the hiring of Torres. Torres joined HP from Nokia, where he was executive vice president and oversaw the MeeGo products and platform.

HP Slate7 makes computing easy while on the go

Powered by an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, the HP Slate7 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.

The HP Slate7 includes a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for chatting, videos and photos.

With the HP ePrint (2) 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.

HP will provide an array of simple and easy-to-access support tools and resources to help customers take full advantage of all of the features the HP Slate7 has to offer. In addition to extensive phone and online support offerings included with the HP Slate7, HP is offering customers the opportunity to add to the standard product limited warranty with its HP Care Pack services. HP Slate7 customers will have the option to protect their investment with a two-year HP Care Pack for $29 or a two-year HP Care Pack with Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) for $49.(3)

Pricing and availability(3)

The HP Slate7 is expected to be available in the United States in April with a starting price of $169.

Additional information about the HP Slate7 is available at www.hp.com/slate (opens in new tab) and The Next Bench.

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  • hp android tablet... hmmm
  • Wow, $169!
  • Android 4.1 and it has the 4.0 screen (or that wallpaper and layout like that was kept in 4.1?)
  • Love my job, since I've been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online.(Click Home information)
  • Not a bad price; however, if you don't require HP's bundled services, the Nexus 7 is a better deal. Knowing HP's track record with webOS, this tablet will likely remain on 4.1 indefinitely: at this price point, they don't have much incentive to update it. EDIT: If you're in the expandable storage crowd, then this is a win for you. To Derek: Wouldn't it be nice to shoehorn Open webOS on here? As a reminder to HP that the ball's in their court?
  • Seems like a direct competitor to the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet. Imo would have rather seen a $199 price with a HD screen, 4 core & 16Gb. Potentially for kids though I can see the angle to keep the price down.
  • I can tell you that this thing flies. Also it has otg and the screen is awesome. but if this tablet doesn't get you just wait for July!
  • Wow, it has usb-otg out-of-the-box? Without root? That's awesome;I didn't think they would squeeze in such a feature at this price point.
  • For a company like HP, to bring another 7" tablet has no sense. What new things does is bring to the table? Why would anyone buy this thing?
    I expect HP to be more creative than that!
  • Easy answer and it makes alot of sense: they're not going for creative, innovative or even exciting at $169. Somebody (finally) did some thinking over there and they asked themselves what they could cram into $169 worth of tablet that the masses with only $169 to spend might actually buy. Considering how much shelf space they command at places where those people shop, they might actually have a (market) winner this time. Read that: not a winning, awesome, highly touted tablet, but one that actually sells.
  • And it most likely won't require a fire sale to get someone to buy it.
  • good that they made it pure android except the two apps they included with it.
    it could have been better if they debut it with 4.2.2 since its already pure android it shouldn't be difficult for them.
  • great price point. especially with the sd card slot
  • Would have loved to see a new webOS tablet. But at this price with these decent specs it is looking like I may actually get this one.
  • am hurt with hp and i dont think is a serious company to trust , they will abandon any project just like they did with webos and with megan they have no other choice than be a looser company like she bacame after running for gov and loosing i like android but i really miss web os it was so flawless
  • Can I get it with web os for $99?
    If so I'll buy 2.
  • Sure, go ahead. And have fun with the 8.5 apps that are out there for it as well.
  • One can only wonder where HP might be if they had priced the TouchPad this competitively when reintroducing webOS. Good for them that in 2013 they're finally announcing an also-ran product in order to follow the market leaders into market saturation. But it is still a tragedy a different company, like Amazon, didn't buy webOS instead of the unimaginative perennial commodity whores at HP.
  • I'd pay $200 if it had an HD screen and/or a quad core..