HP unveils Slate 7: Its first Android tablet

HP, hours back, unveiled Slate 7: Its first Android tablet. The price of Slate 7 is $169, and will compete with entry level 7-inch tablets.

In 2011, HP's TouchPad tablet — based on Palm's webOS operating system—didn't able to make its mark in the market. Earlier HP experimented with Windows-based tablets, but with no success.

More recently, HP chose to be with Windows 8 with the ElitePad tablets(targeted at Business users) and the convertible Envy x2, a PC with a removable slate.

With Slate 7 (targeted at consumers), HP has entered into the Android market. Showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Slate 7 weighs 13-ounce (325 grams) and is arriving in U.S. in April.

Slate 7 Specs:

1) 7-inch display with a modest (1024 by 600px resolution) display (same as the original Kindle Fire)
2) Runs on Jelly Bean 4.1 Android
3) Powered by dual-core ARM processor
4) Two cameras, a rear 3-megapixel camera and a VGA front camera
5)  8 GB of memory, expandable via microSD
6) Battery lasts for 5 hours (unimpressive).
7) Embedded Beats Audio (HP claims is an industry first for tablets)
8) Direct printing capabilities
9) Connectivity: Wi-Fi only


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