$99 HP Android tablet coming to Walmart for back-to-school sales, report says

by: Chris SmithJuly 25, 2013
HP Slate 7

HP Slate 7

HP may be getting ready to launch an even cheaper Android tablet in the near future in time for back-to-school shopping, with Walmart named as its sales partner.

The report comes from Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, and says that such a device will cost just $99, but nothing is officially official just yet.

The device is apparently being built by Chinese company BYD and will feature a 7-inch display and a single-core Intel Medfield processor. However, more details about it aren’t available at this point.

It’s worth pointing out that HP was quite successful at selling $99 tablets in 2011, but that was only because the company was forced to ditch all stock of the webOS-running TouchPad flagship tablet that failed to become the iPad rival HP envisioned. Priced initially at $499, the device ultimately sold for $99, becoming an interesting proposition for Android fans as well – dual booting webOS/Android TouchPads still exist out there.

Earlier this year, the company returned to the tablet business with the 7-inch Android-running Slate 7 that was announced at MWC 2013. Cheaper than the Nexus 7 (2012), the Slate 7 didn’t exactly become a hit product, and HP signaled as much by dropping its price even more.

A $99 HP Android tablet, if real, could be an interesting alternative for those buyers looking for very cheap tablets, but not interested in getting such a device from an unknown Asian maker.

That said, it’ll certainly be interesting to see how a $99-inch HP tablet will sell considering the alternatives available out there, including the newly announced Nexus 7 (2013).

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Asus has a $99 tablet similar to the now old nexus 7 at Sam’s Club. Seems like a good gadget for a budget shopper…

    • Sean C

      HP had a $99 tablet once. Fire sale?

      • EvenInTheDarkestHour

        That’s what I thought of. Unless they had a low-ender offered from their website.

  • companyemails

    People want to pay less, but they also don’t want to buy craplets. That’s why the original Nexus 7 remains so popular even if it is’t the cheapest tablet on the market. It is still low cost, while retaining fairly high end specs. The fact that it is a Nexus device is an extra bonus. If HP releases a Tablet, they should not forget that the Nexus 7 and its second generation exist, and build a device accordingly.

  • David Kinder

    I would go for a hisense instead. Even at the $100 mark it seems like your getting more tablet for your money and the $150 one is pretty nice.

  • nishantsirohi123

    Akaash 4 tablet coming soon