Remember when Hewlett-Packard
tried to compete in premium tablet category? It didn't work out so well - not only did the company's TouchPad tumble in price
, it was such a colossal flop that it sent webOS into a tailspin
, which is too bad because we had high hopes of what HP could do with it after acquiring Palm
. Fast forward to today and HP is still making tablets, but its newest model -- the HP 7 Plus -- takes aim at budget buyers.
Not only does it take aim at penny pinchers, it hits them square in the face with a $99.99 price tag. What can you possibly get for a C-note from a name brand manufacturer? A quad-core foundation, to start with -- the HP 7 Plus totes an ARM Cortex A7 quad-core chip clocked at 1GHz with a Power VR SGX544MP2 GPU and 1GB of RAM.
It's not going to knock your socks off, but again, this thing only costs a Benjamin. Plus, that's more than enough power to push pixels around on a 7-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with a 1024x600 display.
Rounding out the spec sheet are tidbits like 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot with support for memory cards up to 32GB, 2-megapixel rear-facing camera, 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, micro USB 2.0 port, built-in mono speaker, 2800mAh battery that's supposed to last up to 5 hours and 30 minutes, and Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean.
The HP 7 Plus measures 7.58 inches (W) by 4.8 inches (D) by 0.32 inches (H) and weighs 0.65 pounds. It also comes with a 1-year limited hardware warranty and 30 days of limited software support. All in all, not too shabby for a basic and inexpensive Android tablet. If you're intrigued, you can order one now direct from HP