HP has dropped the price of its Android-powered Slate 7 budget tablet from $169 to $139. This price change is showing right now on HP’s online store and all new Slate 7 orders will feature this $30 price difference. It’s not yet clear if this $30 price drop is meant to clear out inventory for the discontinuation of the tablet or is just a general price drop.
The Slate 7 tablet was released a few months ago in February at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain. The tablet is meant to cater to the low-end Android tablet market and undercut the price-tag of the ever so popular Google Nexus 7 that comes in at $199. The HP Slate 7 is a 7-inch Android-powered tablet that is currently running Android Jelly Bean. The device offers a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 CPU and 1GB of RAM. These specifications are lower than that of the Google Nexus 7, but with a price-tag of only $139, we’re expecting it to appeal to a totally different crowd.
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Last night at MWC, HP announced its first Android tablet – the Slate 7. However, the 10.7mm thick Slate 7 fails to impress in every way. The 7inch tablet sports mediocre specs – a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 1024*600 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 2.1, shooters in the front (VGA) and back (3.1MP) and Wi-Fi b/g/n.
The Slate 7 also packs in a couple of front-facing stereo speakers with Beats audio branding and is capable of providing up to five hours of video playback. The suggested retail price of the Slate 7 is around $169, and will be running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
Compared to the Nexus 7, the Slate 7 may be slightly cheaper and sport a microSD card slot, but is inferior in every other way. Plus, the Nexus 7 successor is just around the corner, which makes the Slate 7 a not so tempting deal. If anything, HP’s Slate 7 is going to meet the same fate as all other recent offerings from HP in the mobile market.