At this year’s MWC edition, HP jumped on board the Android bandwagon by announcing its first even Android device, the 7-inch HP Slate 7.
Unsurprisingly, HP decided to make a tablet first, which is the kind of product that’s currently disrupting the PC business and hurting HP in the process. The device, aggressively priced at $169 in the U.S. (€149 in Europe) will be a direct Nexus 7 rival, although it will also compete against other similarly sized devices including the iPad mini, the Kindle Fires, the Galaxy Note 8 or the Asus Fonepad (and the list goes on).
In other words, the Slate 7 is another budget-friendly tablet, so don’t expect it to offer you high-end specs. We’re looking at a 7-inch Field Fringe Switching (FFS) display with 1024 x 600 and 16:9 ratio, 1.6GHz dual-core Cortex A9 chip, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, microSD support, 3-megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera, Beats Audio and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
As you can see in the video, we took the HP Slate 7 for a spin at MWC 2013 and we’re looking at a rather good build quality, including a stainless steel chassis and a soft finish back.
HP promises worldwide support for the product – hopefully that means fast Android updates, although that's not clear yet. Moreover, while HP isn’t able to confirm anything just yet, this won’t be HP’s first and last Android device. We’re certain we’ll see HP Android smartphones down the road, although we don’t have any specific details on that front yet.
Will you buy the Slate 7 in early April when it will hit U.S. stores (May for Europe)?