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Itching to get your hands on the HP Slate 7 this April? Bad news, it looks like you are going to have to wait a little longer. HP’s product page now indicates its $169 budget tablet won’t be arriving until June.

At the moment we have no word as to what is causing the delay, but this certainly doesn’t bode well. HP hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to the tablet market, with its HP TouchPad failing miserably and its Windows tablets not exactly taking the world by storm either. Two months of a delay is a long time in the mobile tech world, and could be enough to make HP’s Slate 7 fall further behind the competition.

Right now the $169 tablet’s specs are pretty decent considering its price, but let’s not forget that by June the Google I/O will have since passed and we might have a next-gen Nexus 7 on the market already. Then there’s the rumored $99 Kindle Fire HD.

By the time the HP Slate 7 arrives into the hands of consumers, it could already be considered old hat. On the bright side, what HP does have going for it is that it doesn’t lock down the Android experience like a Kindle Fire would and it has microSD, which a Nexus 7 successor likely won’t have.

Will that be enough to set the HP Slate 7 apart from other tablets that arrive later this summer? What do you think?