Joining the 7″ Android fray is the Slate 7, HP’s comeback into the tablet wars after the death of their webOS-powered TouchPad. For this tablet to survive, its price must compete with the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD and it does: the Slate 7 comes in at only $169. It runs Android Jelly Bean, powered by a dual-core processor and has 8 GB of storage. Is it a good buy?
The price is very tempting but there’s a catch of course. The Slate 7 is slower than the Nexus 7 as the latter comes with a quad-core CPU. It’s display, which has a 1024 x 600 resolution, is also incomparable to the 1280 x 800 on Google’s tablet and on the Kindle Fire HD.
The 8 GB of storage is limiting but unlike the competing tablets, the Slate 7 has a microSD slot. HP also included Beats Audio technology on this tablet similar to most of their laptops. The Slate 7 will be available in stores come April.