HP re-entered the tablet race over the weekend with the announcement of the Slate 7. The company’s first tablet since the short-lived TouchPad will run Google’s Android operating system and sell for just $169.99.
As you might surmise from the name, the Slate 7 will carry a 7-inch display operating at 1,024 x 600. HP specifically points out that the FFS+ LCD should perform well in low light and have great viewing angles. Inside is a dual-core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 SoC, a gigabyte of RAM and 8GB of flash storage which is expandable via microSD card slot.
There’s also 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA-quality camera and a rear 3-megapixel shooter. The system’s stereo speakers should give a bit of a boost thanks to Beats Audio processing. The slate itself measures roughly 10.7mm thick and weighs just less than a full pound. The Slate 7 will ship standard with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
HP’s offering is $30 cheaper than the Nexus 7 and includes an additional camera and microSD card slot but it does fall short in some other key categories. Google’s tablet includes a beefier quad-core Tegra 3 processor, NFC, GPS and extra motion sensors. The Nexus 7 is also a tiny bit lighter and thinner and ships with double the amount of on-board storage. Ultimately it will be up to the buyer to decide if those additional features are worth the extra cash.
HP’s Slate 7 is expected to launch in April but if you can’t wait until then, odds are we will see it sometime this week at Mobile World Congress.
The Nexus 10 is Google's rival of the full-size Apple's iPad. It is manufactured by Samsung and is powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2. The Nexus packs a 10" screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution (300ppi). Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
The Google Nexus 7 has the distinction of being the first device to run the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system. It measures 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm in size, weighs 340g, and features a 7-inch IPS display that is protected by scratch-resistant glass. The Nexus sports a 1280 x 800 pixel display. It runs a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM, it also comes in 2 versions: 8GB and 16GB capacities.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
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