Hewlett-Packard Co. that is popular known as HP has unveiled a $169 Android OS based tablet with a seven inch screen earlier at MWC 2013. HP will be steering away from the Windows 8 OS, upon which it makes a powerful tablet with PC-type components for the corporate market.
The latest HP Slate 7 will be having a 7 inch screen and it brings it at par with the Amazon Kindle Fire or the Google Nexus 7. The device will carry a price tag of $169 and will hit the shelves for sale in the U.S. in April of this year.
Most of the Tablets which are made by manufacturers, other than Apple, are mainly based on the Android OS. The Android OS remains the cheapest and the widest used mobile operating platform around the world. HP had earlier burnt its fingers by releasing a tablet based on Palm’s WebOS software. HP also makes a tablet with PC components for the corporate world which is powered by the PC version of the Windows 8 OS.
Alberto Torres, head of HP’s mobile devices division, said, “When we looked at creating a real killer product for consumers, a very portable, very entertainment-focused device, we thought that Android was the better choice. Of course, we continue to work closely with Microsoft on other products as well.”
Alberto said that HP is not averse to making a tablet running on the Windows RT OS in the future. Its aim is to have a range of tablets which cater to a wide range of user requirements. However with the corporate version featuring the PC version of Windows 8 and the Android OS for the budget level tablets leave little room for the Windows RT.
The HP Slate 7 is competitively priced at $169 and costs half of what Apple charges for its iPad Mini. The device was announced at the Mobile World Congress, the wireless industry’s annual trade show, which unveils on Monday in Barcelona, Spain.
The HP’s 7-inch Android tablet is equipped with Beats audio for better sound quality and offers Red and Silver back housing for attractive looks. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered by 1.6 GHz dual-core ARM processor, a 7-inch display with 1024-by-600 pixels screen resoultion, a front and a rear camera, 16/32 GB memory variants, and comes with all major connectivity options.
This tablet is a good buy for new customers who are looking to buy a starting range tablet and don’t care about the specs much. But if you compare it with the $199 Kindle Fire HD or Google Nexus 7, an extra $30 spendings can get you a lot more in your plate.
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