Today at Mobile World Congress, HP has unveiled the Slate 7, a seven-inch $169 Android Jelly Bean tablet. The new device packs an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, a three megapixel camera and “embedded Beats Audio,” with plans to launch this April in the US.
HP has struggled in the past in the tablet space, particularly with the let down that was webOS. The HP Slate 7, however, has already started generating buzz, largely because of its low entry price, selling at $30 less than the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google’s Nexus 7. It’s also interesting to see that the company is looking beyond Windows 8, following its release of the ElitePad.
The Slate 7 appears to be a middle-of-the-road device — not bad, and not mind-blowing. Time will tell if the slightly lower price point is enough to help it grow in popularity.