Need a cheap tablet? HP’s $169 Slate7 tablet is coming in April — runs stock Android and has microSD expansion slot

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In 2010 HP bought Palm to try to make a push into the mobile market with Palm OS. That all came to an abrupt stop when HP decided to discontinue Palm OS devices. (Why they decided that, I will never know.) Now, however, HP is looking to get back in the fray with its Android-based Slate7 tablet.

Slated to go on sale in April (pun intended), Slate7 sports 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, dual-core Cortex A9 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (with support for microSD card), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, front-facing VGA camera, and back-facing 3-mp camera. Plus it has Beats Audio, support for HP ePrint, and runs on stock Android 4.1. Yes, that is vanilla Android — nothing skinned by HP, just Android 4.1 in its purest form — that supports Google Play Store.

The Slate7 will set you back $169 (plus sales tax) which puts it $30 shy of rival 7-inch tablets Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7. Personally speaking, for only $30 more I feel you can get a superior tablet in Nexus 7 but Nexus 7 does not support microSD expansion. So, yeah. Take your pick.

HP Slate7 homepage

[via The Verge, ComputerWorld]

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  1. o(o.o)o

    The Asus FonePad seems to be a better alternative for me compared to HP’s slate even though it might retail for more $$. I prefer tablets with 3g functionality included as opposed to wifi only variants.

    All we can do now is wait til these new tablets or phablets come out during the 2nd quarter of 2013 and get better reviews from production units.

  2. Anonymail

    [@AFPhy6] Yes, it’s called an OTG cable and they work very well! I really haven’t needed to use mine yet, except for backups though. I have the 32GB version and have tons of space left after many many apps, hundreds of books on both the nook app and the Kindle app and movies and music to last all day. I love my Nexus but would have liked the rear facing camera, other than that, this tablet sounds like a good cheaper alternative, though the processor isn’t as good.
    Maybe a good idea for my tablet envious kids for Christmas! Thanks Ashraf!

  3. mukhi

    [@AFPhy6] i understand you have a good experience with HP, many others do have it, too; however, for me, and my closed ones, it has been a complete failure.
    #1 my friend bought a notebook and ended up using a clumsy dock at the back since some of the ports at the back were not working! he has now bought a macbook and is apparently happy with that.
    #2 i bought the “famous” convertible tablet/laptop with vista; it used to get slowed down, get crashed, and i could fry eggs on it after using the laptop for ~1 h. ended up selling it.
    #3 i bought a netbook that had wireless and slowness issues; returned to HP with no problem.

  4. AFPhy6

    I have been seriously considering this today… may be wanting a tablet soon.

    Looking at the Nexus7, since it has a microUSB connection, perhaps someone can tell me if there is any reason that I could or could not connect a USB>CardReader adapter and thereby connect a data backup/transfer device such as a SD or USB flash drive.

  5. AFPhy6

    [@mukhi]

    I have to respectfully counter your HP experience.

    I have owned 3 HP laptops over the years. The only time I had an issue was with a battery and some crazy power on issue with the first one, something like eight years ago when it was under 4 months old. I don’t recall exactly what it involved, but after a half hour of phone diagnosis, HP asked me to send it to their repair center. They paid all postage, and had it back to me within 3 days… yes – that’s right – it was back to me within 3 days. Darned good service.

    The only other complaint I ever had about them was that same laptop was not very good about accepting Linux (its wireless was the problem) but HP has corrected that and now is very good about Linux support.

    As I have written before on these pages, I consider the SD slot imperative on these type of machines, so on that basis I would prefer this over the Nexus7, although I would really like to see these 1024×600 screens (which is the same as the notebook I now use) to be slightly larger: 1024×768. In other ways, this machine appears to satisfy my minimum requirements.