The new HP Slate 7 Android tablet hit store shelves today. It’s a pretty good looking rectangle that has some low-end specs but with an appropriate low-end price tag.
It has a somewhat mediocre 7-inch 1024×600 display and runs on a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 chip clocked at 1.6GHz. Inside there’s 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a 3,500mAh battery. As always you can expect cameras on the front and back: VGA and 3MP respectively. HP markets its Beats Audio as built-in to the tablet, which is typical of the company’s devices. Lastly, it ships with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS because what the hell is webOS anyway?
It’s $30 cheaper than the Nexus 7 at $169.99 and is arguably better looking, but the Nexus 7 definitely has better specs. If you’re in the market for a cheap 7-inch tablet you might want to consider the Nexus 7 over the HP Slate 7, but hey, the ball’s in your court.