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09.09.2010 06:06 Age: 4 yrs
Category: new notebook models
By: Pallab Jyotee Hazarika

HP: HP Zeen tablet specs leaked, to miss out on Google Apps

The new HP Zeen tablet might not meet your expectations of a tablet but serves some specific purposes comfortably

Leaks have shed light on HP’s tablet Zeen. The Zeen, which is a 7-inch Android 2.1 tablet with a custom HP skin, is expected to be by and large closely linked to HP’s Touchsmart interface and will conceal the Android home screen. Not only this, another disappointment with the Zeen would be the absence of many Google apps like Gmail and Android Market.

The HP Zeen tablet features a capacitive touchscreen and will also have the Barnes & Noble's Nook app pre-installed to facilitate e-book reading. Though, it seems that HP in an attempt to make the device affordable has compromised on quality and reports suggest that the build quality of the Zeen may not match up to the standards of a tablet PC. It might so be that HP actually intends to position this newbie as an entry-segment tablet which will only be able to serve the purpose of print and reading at its best. In addition to being sold as a stand-alone product, the Zeen will also be sold in a package with the Photosmart eStation C510, previously the Zeus companion printer. A built-in dock on the printer will enable the Zeen tablet to work in conjunction with it and, in fact, provide additional capabilities to the printer.

By the looks of it, the new HP tablet is in no way comparable to the tablets out in the market, not even the basic ones. Although, putting out this product with such basic functionality by HP might not be without a purpose. Probably, HP wants this product not to compete with its upcoming tablets directly, such as the webOS tablet, which will be specced higher and are intended to compete with the likes of the Apple iPad or the Samsung Galaxy tab amongst others. Supposedly, shipping would start from September 20 for the Zeen as well as the Zeen/Zeus combo. While no prices have been announced for the Zeen tablet, the Zeen/Zeus combo will set you back by a price of $400.

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