HP introduces four new Android tablets, including a new 8-incher

September 19, 2013

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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!

HP Slate 7 Extreme

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.

HP Slate 7 HD

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.

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HP Slate 10 HD

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.

HP Slate 8 Pro

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.

Wrap up

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?

 

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    1600×1200, I wonder why they chose such a weird res

    • Abdel Aziz Farhi

      True.. Who ever HP has hired to make these tablets must be ether from the 1990’s or doesn’t know what a tablet should look like and used for. When ever i see one of their devices it looks weird and out of scale :o

      • MasterMuffin

        That first photo looks like a tablet from the beginning of 21st century!

        • Abdel Aziz Farhi

          Mmm you should see it while you’re holding it

          • MasterMuffin

            The front looks okay, like a Nexus, but damn that’s one ugly back and it looks so bulky, like they had just put a plastic case on top of the Tegra Note base!

          • Abdel Aziz Farhi

            Yep. Well point is i don’t see my self buying on of HP tablets any time soon with a wide variety of much better choices
            :).

    • cjwilliamsUSA

      One other series of Android tablets to launch this week feature Intel’s new processor and offer impressive performance for a mid-range device.

      Ramos Technology has partnered with Intel to introduce the i-Series with 8″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ models– ranging from ($199-$299) and all models feature HD displays.

      Intel’s processor with Hyper-Threading technology runs four threads simultaneously and outscores many mainstream quad-core tablets in benchmark testing–

      The most compact model is the Ramos i-8 ($199) and is the world’s thinnest 8″ tablet– featuring a 7.9-inch HD screen and aluminum-nickel frame for a sleek design; similar in size to the mini iPad… and is easy to carry and almost as compact as a 7″ tablet such as the Nexus 7, but with 40% more screen space… which makes viewing much easier compared to the 7″ size — and the new Ramos i-8 matches most features of the Nexus 7 – plus MicroSD storage.

      One of the first sources in the U.S. to feature the new Ramos i-Series of Android tablets is– Tab l e t Sp r i nt–

      • MasterMuffin

        I like this way of spamming more than the old bit.ly spammers. This is shameless advertising, but it isn’t trying to fool anyone to think otherwise. Still stupid though

        • Jaz Potter

          I wouldn’t exactly call this spam material — it is offering info on a new product that you’d probably wouldn’t otherwise know about since it’s marketed primarily in Asia markets– I checked out the specs and actually it looks like a solid new model tablet.

          • MasterMuffin

            It’s spamming when he and his friends spam the ad everywhere

    • Dt Bell

      For the numbers geek?
      It did catch my eye as something…higher.

  • Seth Forbus

    “cellular date option”. Does this mean I can wirelessly date women who have an HP tablet?

    • Andrew Grush

      Something like that. :P
      *fixed, thanks for spotting the typo!*

  • crickcrick

    Marvel SOC? Will follow these tabs just to check out how the SOC performs

  • Q.

    There is very little appealing about these devices…

  • Spruce Cycle

    Not interested at all. HP screwed up big with the current slates (weird screen res that distorts icons) and cranking out even more boring tablets aint gonna help their well deserved reputation for awfulness.

  • Spruce Cycle

    It is no accident that Samsung is the king of tabs. Look at the competition! They’re not even trying any more; mediocrity thy name is HP.