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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by unclefester on Tue 26th Feb 2013 08:19 UTC
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I have to laugh at the comments about HP racing to the bottom and making no profits.

The entire design and manufacturing of the Slate 7 would have been contracted out to a specialist Taiwanese OEM. The cost to HP would $60-70 (maximum) per unit. This cost will probably fall to $40-50 within a few months. The Slate 7 is a low specification device using older hardware. [The stainless steel back would add about 50 cents to the manufacturing cost.]

The recently discontinued Ainol 7 Elf II with virtually identical hardware retails for around $105 including shipping. (This indicates a manufacturing cost of <$50).

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To put things into perspective the Nexus 7 16GB with far higher specifications had an estimated manufacturing cost of only $159 way back in July 2012. The cost would have plummeted since then.

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