HP has never had a lot of luck in the tablet world, and that’s why it really came as no surprise that their first Android tablet – the HP Slate 7 – ended up as nothing too impressive or ground-breaking. We have to give HP credit though, as they certainly don’t give up easily.
Since the Slate 7, the company has released two other unique Android devices, the Slate X2 laptop/tablet hybrid and the HP Slate 21 all-in-one PC. Their Android efforts don’t end there either, as the company has now announced four new Android tablets!
First up, we have the Slate 7 Extreme, a 7-inch Tegra 4-powered tablet with a 1280 x 800 resolution. The handset also has a 5MP rear cam, a VGA front cam, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even a stylus.
Sounds pretty familiar, right? That’s because the Slate 7 Extreme is actually based on the Tegra Note reference tablet that Nvidia announced just yesterday.
While the first of HP’s new tablet is really just a rebranded Nvidia device, the Slate 7 HD is a ‘true’ HP tablet and in many ways seems quite similar to the older HP Slate 7.
Here you’ll find a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, a Marvell PXA986 CPU, Beats Audio, a front and back cam, microSD and a battery that is rated for about 9 hours of life. The Slate 7 HD will also come in a 3G/4G model, which will offer 200MB of free 4G data via T-Mobile’s network for a period of two years.
The HP Slate 10 HD is a low-end 10-inch Android tablet, with the same 1280 x 800 resolution as the smaller 7-inch HD tablet. In fact, the Slate 10 HD is effectively the same device as its little brother, save the bigger display.
That means the tablet will also feature a Marvell processor, microSD, Beat Audio, front and rear cameras and a cellular data option.
Last month the HP Slate 8 Pro was spotted for the first time over at GFX Bench. At the time we believed that the then unannounced tablet would be powered by a Tegra 4 CPU and would feature a 1600 x 1200 resolution display. As it turns out, we were spot on.
In addition to the Tegra 4 processor and high-res 7.98-inch display, we now know that the tablet also has an 8MP back cam, 2MP front cam, microSD and micro-HDMI output.
None of the four newly announced tablets are likely going to change the Android game in any major way, but it does prove that HP means business when it comes to expanding into the Android market.
We still don’t know all the specifics about HP’s latest tablet offerings, nor do we have any pricing info. The good news is that we won’t have to wait too long to learn more, as all four tablets are expected to arrive in the United States this November.
What do you think of HP’s latest offerings? Do you feel that HP has a future with its Android devices, or will the brand never really catch on outside of the Windows world?