HP announces Slate 7 Android tablet with Beats Audio

first_imgHP has unveiled its latest tablet offering, the Slate 7, and webOS is nowhere to be found. As predicted, HP has opted to give Android a go this time around and do its best to forget about the $1.2 billion it dropped on the Palm acquisition. Like many other 7-inch Android tablets, the Slate 7 will sell for less than $200. HP has priced it at $169, just $10 more than Amazon charges for the first-generation Kindle Fire.The Slate 7’s specs line up nicely with the Kindle Fire, too. It’s based on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and features 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (double the Kindle’s base), and the 7-inch display also has a native resolution of 1024 x 600. HP is hoping that high-quality audio processing will help the Slate 7 stand out: it’s shipping with Beats Audio tech on board, just like many of the company’s laptops. Two color options are being offered: a more mundane silver and Beats red for those who want a tablet that’s a bit more eye-catching.Initial impressions of the Slate 7 are that it’s a decent tablet at a very good price. It doesn’t offer the performance of the Nexus 7 Best Price at Amazon and its Tegra 3 quad-core chip, but for $30 less and with a micro SD card slot for expansion, HP has put together an intriguing little budget tablet that’s definitely going to catch the eye of some shoppers. It’s going to have plenty of competition when it hits the streets in May, though, with companies like Acer and Asus also releasing tablets in the $160 range.As nice as the Slate 7 might be, there’s a whole bunch of Palm fans out there that will look at it, remember the DOA Touchpad Go, and wonder “What if?”last_img