Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Monday February 25, 2013.
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An HP Android tablet? Yes, it's more than a rumor that makes sense; it's now officially happening with the release of the HP Slate 7. HP confirmed that its second foray into tablets will feature Android 4.1 software rather than its own webOS. And unlike its enterprise-focused devices that originally seemed like a no-brainer, the HP Slate 7 is specifically targeted at consumers.
The HP Slate 7 is a rival to the Google Nexus 7, though it doesn't do much to advance what was seen on last year's hardware. The Slate 7 has a 7-inch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution. It also has a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor, a 3 megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software. HP kept the Android build stock but added Beats Audio sound enhancement and its custom HP ePrint app designed to simplify printing from the tablet to a printer.
The most attractive feature of the HP Slate 7 is arguably its price. The hardware does nothing to push the envelope, and HP deciding to abandon the Touchpad doesn't inspire confidence in the company's future support of the device. The Slate 7 might still find an audience thanks to its $169 price tag. We'll know soon enough when HP releases the Slate 7 in the U.S. beginning in April.source: HP
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.