HP has confirmed on its website that the HP Slate 7 will be available from May 1 with the budget-tablet priced at £129.
Announced at MWC in February, the HP Slate 7 can now be pre-ordered from the HP online store. The Android tablet has a 7-inch screen and comes inbuilt with Beats Audio technology.
“Our new HP Slate 7 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,” said Alberto Torres, Senior Vice President of HP’s Mobility Global Business Unit.
HP Slate 7 Features
The HP Slate 7 features a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM Cortext-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM that should keep things speedy, but won’t bring the tablet to the same standard as quad-core Android tablets like the Google Nexus 7.
The 7-inch LCD display offers a 1,024 x 600p HD IPS screen resolution and the HP Slate 7 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean rather than the latest Android 4.2 OS.
Packing a 3-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing VGA snapper for acceptable video call quality, the HP Slate 7 is a little on the heavy size, weighing in at 370g. To put that into perspective, the Google Nexus 7 weighs 30g less than HP’s 7-inch slate.
One of the more useful features of the HP Slate 7 is the fact it has a microSD card slot, supporting memory cards of up to 32GB to expand the 8GB of internal storage.
At 10.7mm thick, the HP Slate 7 also features a stainless steel edged design complete with an appealing soft-touch back panel and comes full equipped with Beats Audio technology.
The HP Slate 7 was said to come in red and silver backed varieties, but only the silver option is currently showing up on the HP Store.