Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Feb 2013 17:26 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "It's officially true: Hewlett-Packard is back in the mobile race. Today, HP is announcing its first Android product: the HP Slate 7. But it looks like the company won't be making a splash right away: Starting at $169.99, the new device will launch this April with a fairly unimpressive set of specs." As I've been working my behind off on a huge Palm article, HP turns around and slaps this thing in my face. You had one job, HP.
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Any 7" tablet running Android is going to be immediately compared to the Nexus 7. With the suspicion that Asus is getting a subsidy from Google to sell at or near cost, it's been proving very difficult for anyone to match or beat the Nexus 7 specs and charge the same or lower price.

The OS should be vanilla and based on at least Jelly Bean, but the Nexus 7 does leave some gaps in its specs waiting for someone to fill them. Most obvious are a rear camera (which is the only sensible way to scan QR codes or take photos to be honest) and an SD card slot.

HP have managed to beat the Nexus 7 price, include an SD card slot and provide a rear camera (though of a dubiously low 3MP resolution). So far, so good, but then they wreck it with 1024x600 screen res (seen on the PlayBook from 2 years ago and it's only just about usable), only 8GB flash as standard and a noticeably worse CPU than the Nexus 7.

I would say it's swings and roundabouts really - if an SD card slot and a rear camera are the most important aspects of a tablet to you, then you might be a potential buyer. For anyone else though, I'd say the Nexus 7 remains the preferred buy, as it has pretty well has since its launch.

What I'd quite like next from Google's Nexus tablet line is a "Nexus 8" with, say, Tegra 4 (or equivalent), 8" screen, an increase in screen res (e.g. to 1920x1080), 2GB RAM, 32GB storage (or less with an SD card slot, but that won't happen). Sell it for halfway between the 7 and 10 (e.g. at iPad Mini price) and it would indeed blow away an iPad Mini (which I think the Nexus 7 does anyway!). Oh and keep selling the Nexus 7 as it is - no need to drop that yet.

Edited 2013-02-24 18:53 UTC

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