HP Debuts Google Nexus 7 Competitor with $169.99 HP Slate 7

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It’s not exactly the tablet based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 SoC we’d heard HP was developing, but the new HP Slate 7 is nevertheless a nice-looking option in the 7-inch tablet space. The sleek little device actually evokes the style of the last couple of iPhones, with a colored (red or gray) backing and a silver band encompassing the edge of the tablet.

Inside, the HP Slate 7 features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a dual-core ARM A9 (1.6GHz) chip, and a 1024x600 resolution, multitouch display. The rear camera is rather weak at 3MP, and the front camera is VGA. There’s 1GB of RAM inside, along with 8GB of eMMC storage and up to 32GB of expandable external storage. One especially choice feature is the presence of Beats Audio with stereo speakers.

HP Slate 7

The device purports to last 5 hours on a battery charge with video playback, and it weighs 13.05 ounces (or put another way, less than a pound). The above are all decent specs, but the HP Slate 7 has another killer feature: price. This tablet clocks in at just $169.99, which undercuts the Google Nexus 7 by thirty bucks.
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A much better deal is the new Novo 7 Venus that launched last month... an Android tablet for $149 that's available in the U.S. through a site called TabletSprint -- and compares closely to the Nexus 7 -- featuring a Quad Core processor and 1280x800 HD IPS Screen, while also offering a 2-Megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, 4000 Mah Battery, and HDMI 1080p; plus 3G internet connection through its USB port -- all of which aren't featured on the Nexus 7.

Two other new Android tablets launch in May, 2013 are also worth looking at -- One is the new 7GT - 3G -- a 7" Android tablet from Icoo Electronics that retails for $199 at TabletSprint -- one of its best features is built-in 3G for Internet and phone connection -- this tablet also matches all the high end specs of the Nexus 7 - 3G version, including a Quad Core processor, 16GB Memory, Android 4.2 O/S, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1280x800 IPS HD Screen... and sells for $100 less than the Nexus; while also featuring a 5 Megapixel Rear Camera, HDMI with 4K output to stream movies to an HD TV, as well as MicroSD Card storage -- all features the Nexus doesn't offer. 3G makes internet access so much easier... simply slip in a SIM Card from any GSM Carrier such as AT&T and T-Mobile and your connected.

Also available is the X10 Pro Mini by Ramos Electronics - for $229 --offering the same size as the Mini iPad - with a 7.85 " display - and also featuring Built-in 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, built-in GPS, HDMI, 16GB Memory, MicroSD, and Android 4.2 O/S.

Both the Icoo and Ramos tablets are the first truly affordable 3G - HSPA+ tablets on the market as prior to their launch, tablets with 3G were in the $300+ price range... Full size, 10 inch versions are also soon to follow and I imagine TabletSprint will carry these models as well.

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ajm531 replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 5:25 PM

Are you paid by these people?? this comment is more of an advertisement for some random website that sells what sounds like to me chinese android tablets because these are not companies that have any credibility whatsoever. Also what do you mean 3g internet connetion thru its usb port?? how is that possible? where is the internet coming from?? I literally just looked it up as im typing this. Yes they are chinese. Also processor is some random unknown processor. Im curious does it have warranty?? What kind of quality does it have cause it probably doesnt hold a candle to the nexus 7 and shipping to america is going to be 20 dollars or more so its actually 169. Not saving that much for a product that has no reputation for quality products. also its funny they put apps in there as model specifications. Whatever if im going to buy a tablet its going to be from a trusted source but although i trust hp i still wouldnt buy this tablet at all. Nexus 7 for the win.

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Clixxer replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 5:53 PM

Keep preachin brother! Tell the commies whats up!

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Its a nice tablet overall not sure if i have the money to invest in another one.

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The Nexus 7 is infinitely better. Better resolution, better processor, better battery, more storage, more up to date OS. Yeah, the HP has the speakers and the microsd, but that is it. I would definitely pick the Nexus even though I like the red.

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Typical HP! Way late and very lame. Spend the $30 for the Nexus 7.

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davidjan replied on Sat, Apr 27 2013 2:48 AM

Does Slate 7 support OTG? If support, will add storage using this: http://goo.gl/lfEXI

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beni7192 replied on Sun, Apr 28 2013 12:32 PM

nice price :D

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