HP has announced its first major entrant in to the mobile tablet space since the fateful HP TouchPad. This tablet comes in the form of the HP Slate 7, and features an unnamed 1.6 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor, 1024 x 600 7-inch display, and 1 GB RAM. Fairly unimpressive, considering that the almost year-old Nexus 7 matches or outdoes it in various areas.
The tablet is powered by Android 4.1, which appears to be either stock or incredibly close to it. Included are some enhancements to the audio system, which theoretically should make for a better-sounding speaker system, as well as enhancements to headphones. The tablet will retail for $169 in April.
The question really is if such a device can compete in the crowded market of smaller tablets: on the high-end of that market sits the iPad mini. The Nexus 7, Google’s tablet and testbed for Android, is also incredibly popular. Other devices, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, also hope to make an impact. Can HP possibly hope to compete with these other devices?