MWC isn’t only for phones, as HP unveils the 7-inch HP Slate 7 tablet. HP’s previous attempts into the tablet market have failed to make a splash, so the company is looking to foray into the low-price point segment with the 7-inch $169 tablet.
Clad in a stainless-steel frame is a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage that’s expandable through a microSD slot. On the outside is a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 “high-aperture-ratio field fringe switching” display that offers wide viewing angles even in outdoor lighting conditions, displaying Android 4.1 Jelly bean. Camera-wise, the HP Slate 7 sports a 3MP rear camera and a VGA front shooter. Integrated into the slate is Beats Audio and HP claims it is the first to have this feature on tablets. The HP Slate 7 also comes preloaded with the HP ePrint wireless printing application. With its native printing capabilities, HP claims that it can print directly from most applications.
The HP Slate 7 tablet should be available in select countries in the Asia-Pacific region from April starting at $169 (about Php 6,900). It looks like a great tablet, but will have difficulty competing against the similarly priced Kindle HD or Nexus 7.