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HP Announces Its First Android Tablet, the Slate 7 for $169

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In Barcelona, at Mobile World Congress, HP just unveiled their first ever Android tablet, the Slate 7. The device carries a 7″ display, has access to Google Play and the rest of Google’s suite of apps, weighs 13 ounces, utilizes Beats audio, is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 3MP rear camera, VGA front camera, runs Android 4.1, and drops in at a ridiculously low price of $169.

The device will be available in April of this year. 

HP Unveils Android Consumer Tablet

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 24, 2013 — HP today announced the HP Slate7, an affordable Android Jelly Bean consumer tablet that provides customers with easy access to Google Mobile services.

With a 7-inch diagonal screen and weighing 13 ounces, the HP Slate7 is an ideal trusted personal companion, featuring a stainless-steel frame and soft black paint in gray or red on the back. It also is the industry’s first tablet to offer embedded Beats Audio, for the best-sounding, richest audio experience available on a tablet.

The HP Slate7 delivers the Google experience with services like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multiperson video chat as well as access to apps and digital content through Google Play.(1)

“To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems,” said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP. “Our new HP Slate7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, while our ground-breaking, business-ready HP ElitePad on Windows® 8 is ideal for enterprises and governments. Both deliver the service and support people expect from HP.”

The HP Slate7 joins the recently introduced HP Chromebook as part of HP’s push to offer access to the Google experience.

HP’s tablet offerings reside in the company’s newly formed Mobility Global Business Unit, established in September 2012 with the hiring of Torres. Torres joined HP from Nokia, where he was executive vice president and oversaw the MeeGo products and platform.

HP Slate7 makes computing easy while on the go

Powered by an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, the HP Slate7 is fast and responsive. Integrated wireless allows customers to access email, the internet and key applications, while the High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel offers wide viewing angles that provide easy viewing of documents, games, photos and videos—even in outdoor lighting conditions.

The HP Slate7 includes a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for chatting, videos and photos.

With the HP ePrint (2) application, customers can easily print while at home or on the go, and the exclusive native printing capability enables customers to print directly from most applications. A micro USB port allows customers to easily transfer files, and a suite of applications from HP spans exclusive games to productivity tools.

HP will provide an array of simple and easy-to-access support tools and resources to help customers take full advantage of all of the features the HP Slate7 has to offer. In addition to extensive phone and online support offerings included with the HP Slate7, HP is offering customers the opportunity to add to the standard product limited warranty with its HP Care Pack services. HP Slate7 customers will have the option to protect their investment with a two-year HP Care Pack for $29 or a two-year HP Care Pack with Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) for $49.(3)

Pricing and availability

The HP Slate7 is expected to be available in the United States in April with a starting price of $169.

Additional information about the HP Slate7 is available at www.hp.com/slate and The Next Bench.

  • Daistaar

    I wonder if this will help out with TouchPad development as well seeing as it the innards seem similar…

  • Trisjen Harris

    I’m waiting on the Nexus 7 #2..

  • I’d rather see them include BoomSound with a slightly higher price. That feature would be extremely helpful on tablets.

  • Looks pretty sleek, however, I am a fan of the TouchPad’s screen size. Besides the iPad knock-offs on eBay, it seems like there are no other Android-capable tablets with the 9.7″ screen.

  • Steve Benson

    Holy bezel.

  • cmonnats

    web OS though… :'(

  • bkosh84

    You know.. I have a HP Pavilion g4 laptop (low end 300 dollar laptop) that is still kicking pretty great after almost two years. Also have a HP Touchpad that is still working like a champ.. Ssooo.. I don’t know where all this HP hate is coming from..

  • CapnShiner

    Perhaps the Slate 7 is only the first in a full line of Android tablets from HP. The name leaves room for other sizes, at least. Maybe the Slate 10 will have better specs or maybe they will make another 7″ tablet with better specs and a higher price. They could call it the Slate 7 HD or maybe Envy Tab. It doesn’t make sense to me for a company like HP to release just one tablet.

  • Bionic

    HP is pure garbage now. It’s sad really.

    • jbone

      Funny, I was thinking the same thing about your comments.

  • Simon Belmont

    Ha. Nice press photo, with inaccurate UI.

    Also, Android 4.1.1 lacks landscape mode. Hopefully they update it.

  • kane

    By the time this comes out it will be almost time for Goggle IO where there will most likely have a refresh of the N7

    • Bionic


  • CapnShiner

    This tablet will probably sell pretty well, even though I wouldn’t buy one myself. The price is lower than its competition, HP is a well-recognized brand, it has Beats audio (gimmick or not, it is a selling point for some people), it has a microSD slot, and it’s running stock Jellybean with Google apps.

    The average consumer will probably not know or care about the difference in hardware specs between this and the Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab, or Kindle Fire. If presented with raw data on the subject, they would see dual core vs quad core and recognize/assume that more cores are better and they would recognize that more RAM is better, but that’s about it.

    The low price, the stock Android OS, and the microSD card are all attractive to me, but the cheap display, low end CPU, and low amount of RAM make the Nexus 7 more attractive.

    • Bionic

      It’ll sell well…….. To people who don’t understand that only a few more dollars gets you much better performance.

      • CapnShiner

        Exactly. That is the most likely scenario, though there might be some people who don’t like Asus, want a microSD slot, or think Beats audio makes a big difference.

        • Bionic

          And they’d be uninformed fools. You don’t even have to be rooted to hack the USB port on the nexus 7.

          Poweramp on the play store kills beats audio.

          • CapnShiner

            I thought Beats was hardware, not just software. What does it matter if you can hack the USB port? Are you talking about connecting a USB flash drive to it? That’s a lot of hassle compared to a microSD slot. I don’t really understand why Google decided not to include microSD support on the Nexus devices. I doubt it would add that much cost and there is plenty of room for it on a tablet.

  • DanWazz

    Not a bad option if you’re looking on the cheap side, by why run 4.1, when 4.2 has been out for more than a while and there is no skin?

    • CapnShiner

      That is most likely due the timing of development. Even if there is no skin, it takes time to build Android for a specific device. They probably were too far in with 4.1 before Google released 4.2. The good news is that it shouldn’t take as long to release an update to 4.2.

  • Evan Wickes

    the price is attractive but its only dual core…whats w/ that?

    • Bionic

      Cuz Hp is a damn joke now.

      • Joey

        And by that you mean they introduced relevant specs to meet a price point, right? I own a nexus 7, love the thing, but I won’t pass judgement till I get one of these in my hands or listen to a review from a trusted source.

    • jonsey

      Its the reason the price is so attractive…

  • Bionic

    $30 more gets you quad core and a Nexus device. No thanks.

    • nightscout13

      Dis this has the SD slot, that’s a step above the Nexus… But I’m sure Google will have an updated Nexus 7 this year.

    • Daniel Maginnis

      I can’t run around and shoot pics at the zoo with my nexus 7 tho. They pulled a Steve jobs on us with the nexus 7. I really do want a rear camera but was convinced I didn’t at the time.

  • spickle

    huge bezel, mid specs = low price point for this.

  • meijin3

    Dat bezel.

    • CapnShiner

      The bezel on a tablet gives you a place to put your fingers that doesn’t block the screen. A person would have to have some huge hands to palm a 7″ or larger device.

      • Funny you mention Palm. {{-_-}}

      • nightscout13

        No, you place your fingertips on the edges, and your palm supports the bottom, and you don’t need a 3″ bezel.

  • lol no thanks.WebOS-type failure anyone?

    • CapnShiner

      WebOS was Palm’s failure long before it was HP’s; not to mention that it was more a failure of the entire platform, not just the OS. The Slate, as a Android tablet, is a failure IMO but I think it will sell based on price alone. They are undercutting all but the discounted tablets from the previous generation and the bargain brand pieces of junk.

      • CapnShiner

        That being said, if Google, Amazon, or Samsung decide to drop their prices to compete, HP is screwed.

        • Joey

          Google/ASUS are already at next to nil profit margins. Amazon is ad subsidizing to get there prices as low as they are. I don’t see too many price drops in the future. Kudos to HP, hopefully they can find the winning formula and hopefully they embrace devs.


    Props to HP for using stock Android instead of some ugly skin.

    • michael arazan

      wonder if that means fast updates straight from google as well

  • Austin Warren

    HP is almost as bad as Dell in build quality these days.

  • Storage? RAM? SD card?

  • Bob G

    Guys, that photoshop press released photo is fake. The actual tablet is using the Phone UI just like the Nexus 7: http://www.engadget.com/gallery/hp-slate-7-hands-on/5662716/

    • Mack

      Good the hear, IMO the old tablet UI was not as useful as the new one especially for a 7″ device.

    • Big_EZ

      The Nexus 7 doesn’t use phone UI, it uses 7″ tablet UI.

  • NorCalGuy

    Is that a dedicated camera button ?

    • Bionic


      • NorCalGuy

        Then what is the button next to the recent apps button?

        • CapnShiner

          That’s not there on the actual device. The press render you see above was poorly photoshopped. Check out Engadget’s gallery or hands-on video to see for yourself.

  • Brian Krygowski

    After having 3 touchpads die for various reasons, I really question HP’s quality.

    • John Malin

      I’ve had TP since the firesale and haven’t had a single problem

      • bkosh84

        Me Neither.. Mine is running like a champ.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    meh….. At least SOMEONE is using the Tablet UI…which I prefer over the phone UI

    • Simon Belmont

      Nope. The videos I’ve seen show the Android 4.1+ tablet UI.

      Shame it’s only running Android 4.1.1. That means no landscape mode.

  • Chief738

    Well for the price atleast it has beats audio something N7 really can’t beat now the res needs to be bumped and processor

    • Austin Warren

      Beats audio is a gimmick and terrible

  • While it is not for me. I can see it as a good option for parents.

    • How does reproducing influence your choice of Tablet devices.

      • CapnShiner

        It makes the price and build quality more important. Giving technology to kids usually ends up with said technology breaking, unless it is designed specifically for kids. Would you rather spend $499 or $169 on something for the kids to break?

        • Austin Warren

          $199 on a better built nexus 7.

          • CapnShiner

            And how do you know the Nexus 7 is built better? Are you in Barcelona right now? If not, you have no basis for comparison and your statement cannot be proven true. If the Nexus 7 is built better, it’s still a higher price, even if by only $30. That could be enough to be a deciding factor for some buyers.

          • Austin Warren

            $30 get’s you 10x better quality. My basis? HP’s past and that Beats audio is over priced junk.

          • CapnShiner

            So, in other words, it is based on opinion, not fact. Well, thank you for your opinion. I’ll wait for the facts, myself.

          • Austin Warren

            I wonder why you’re even on this site considering that you believe an HP is better than an Asus product.

          • CapnShiner

            I never made such a claim. I don’t know where you got that idea. My personal opinion is that the only quality consumer products HP makes anymore are their printers and scanners. I am a huge fan of Asus, ever since buying my first Asus motherboard 13 years ago.

            I am on this site because I am a fan of Android and a Verizon Wireless customer. I use this site as a source of information and entertainment. I don’t understand why my use of this site would be based on my preference between those two companies. I also don’t understand why you are so hostile. This isn’t even about whether or not the Slate 7 is better than the Nexus 7. This thread was about the Slate 7 being a good option for parents. You seem to have lost the point. If you want to argue with someone about Asus being better than HP, I’m sure there is a more appropriate forum for you.

          • Big_EZ

            In my experience with two ASUS Android tablets ASUS is crap. One has horrible wifi connection and the other has a screen separating from the shell, which seems to be a common problem with many of their tablets.

          • CapnShiner

            A friend of mine just got a Transformer TF300 (I think) a few weeks ago, so I’ll ask if he’s noticed any of those issues. I’ve only ever had trouble with one Asus product and it was probably my own fault, so overall my experience with Asus has been positive. I find it hard to believe that a majority of Asus tablets would have such issues. There’s always going to be a bad batch or two in a large manufacturing run like that. Apple and Samsung have their share of issues too.

          • Austin Warren

            And the fact that the new generation of Nexus 7 will have a 1080p screen and around the same price as point.

          • Futbolrunner

            Nexus 7 ftw!

          • Bionic


          • Joey

            Many of ‘us on this site’ prefer to wait for the hands on assessment.

          • Joey

            Oh so you’ve held a slate 7 then? I mean to be able to make such an absolute comparison. Please, tell us more.

          • Austin Warren

            I don’t need too. Brand name says enough.

  • Adam Emshwiller

    7″ but using the full Table UI, unlike the Nexus 7 UI…. not sure that’s a good idea.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I’d prefer it. I think the Tablet UI is better for Smaller Screens.hmmmm Maybe I should toss Paranoid Android on My N7

    • hoho

      thats a photoshop render of the ui, if you look at the actually hand on pictures of the real tablet you will see its nothiing but stock jellybean android.
      research first

  • Evil-D

    Clearly an entry level tablet, with a dual core cortex and that huge bezel. But a nice price.

    • JR

      I don’t Like anything HP Makes
      Does anyone knows what HP stands for ?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Ummm… Hewlett Packard? I’ll assume you already knew that and we’ll call it even.

    • I still don’t understand how people don’t realize that a decent sized bezel on a tablet is a good thing.

  • Meister_Li

    High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) sounds like something they made up to make their TFT not sound so bad.

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      The HFFS screen is powered by a flux capacitor clocked at 1.21 gigawatts