Review HP Slate 7 Tablet

Manuel Masiero (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 06/30/2013

Affordable entertainer. HP's seven-inch Slate 7 tablet brags to be an able companion for all multimedia situations and is partly available for far below 150 Euros (~$195) despite this versatility claim. We took the manufacturer at its word and tested the Slate 7's capabilities in our test course.

For the original German review, see here.

According to the manufacturer, the HP Slate 7 is perfect for shooting pictures, listening to music and accessing Google services. The entry-level tablet, featuring a superscript seven in its product name, is based on the popular 7-inch size and HP recommends an affordable 150 Euros (~$195) for it. At the time of writing, some online shops have considerably undercut this price for the Slate 7 by demanding 135 Euros (~$175) for it.

The combination of a low price and a modest-sounding field of use do not wake high expectations in terms of software and hardware configuration. However, a look at the spec sheet is reassuring and rouses hopes for a solid performance. A Rockchip RK3066 based on the swift 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex A9 clocks inside HP's tablet. It has made itself a good reputation as an SoC for low-priced tablets and smartphones. The ARM Mali 400 MP4 supports the dual-core processor and the newer Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version complements the Slate 7 bundle. We will describe how the entry-level tablet fares in practical use in the following review.

Case

HP's Slate 7 features a 7-inch LC display
HP's Slate 7 features a 7-inch LC display
The casing's rubber-coated back provides the fingers with a secure grip
The casing's rubber-coated back provides the fingers with a secure grip

HP relies on a steel bezel to keep the front and back of the Slate 7 Android tablet together. The high-quality build of the review sample's casing barely warps even under higher force and at most yields marginally on the back. A one to two centimeter wide frame that encompasses the 7-inch screen underpins this solid impression visually. The webcam is on the front and only produces VGA quality with a resolution of 0.3 megapixels. The light gray, rubber-coated back of HP's Slate 7 provides the fingers with a firm grip and also features the 3 megapixel primary camera with a resolution of up to 1536x2048 beside the HP's silver logo.

HP's Slate 7 is physically a typical member of the 7-inch tablet sector with dimensions of 197 x 116 x 10.7 millimeters and a weight of 370 grams. Google's Nexus 7 and Asus' Fonepad ME371MG feature virtually identical figures in terms of width, height, depth and weight. HP also offers the Slate 7 with a red rather than black casing for the same price and configuration.

Connectivity

HP's Slate 7 is powered by a Rockchip RK3066 SoC that uses two ARM Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz. The integrated ARM Mali 400MP4 quad-core graphics takes care of graphic calculations. This one-chip system is mainly used in low-priced tablets and smartphones.

The Rockchip RK3066 supports up to 2 GB of DDR3 RAM but it's not maxed out because our review sample only sports 1 GB of RAM. HP specifies the system storage with 8 GB, which is not fully available to the user since the Android OS reserves a part of it. Thus only 5.75 GB is left after initial use. Users who would like to save many pictures and videos on the tablet and use it as HP heralds it will not get far with this storage capacity. It is therefore recommendable to make use of the micro-SD card slot on the Slate 7's top to gain additional storage. It supports up to 32 GB per card.

Left: No interfaces
Left: No interfaces
Right: Volume rocker
Right: Volume rocker
Top: Power button, micro-SD slot, microphone, 3.5 mm stereo jack
Top: Power button, micro-SD slot, microphone, 3.5 mm stereo jack
Bottom: Speaker, micro-USB port, speaker
Bottom: Speaker, micro-USB port, speaker

Software

HP equips the Slate 7 with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and Google Play along with a few preinstalled apps, such as Dropbox, Google Chrome, Google+ and Gmail. Although there are now newer versions of the Android OS available, it is not a drawback for our review sample. Android 4.2 has caused a few issues since its release in late November 2012 and was reason for system crashes or Bluetooth interruptions, among other things. However, according to Google, these bugs should be eliminated with Android version 4.2.2, which is either already installed or will soon be installed on devices depending on the provider and smartphone or tablet model.

Communication & GPS

HP does not install a GPS sensor in the Slate 7, which we no more expected than NFC or LTE in view of the price. The tablet does support Wi-Fi standard 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. Both radio technologies worked flawlessly in the test. The Wi-Fi connection convinced with a good signal strength both indoors and out. The Slate 7 did not have problems identifying other devices used for testing Bluetooth.

Cameras & Multimedia

HP's Slate 7 sports two cameras. A 0.3 megapixel webcam is on the front. The user should not expect brilliant feats from it due to its VGA picture format of 640x480. However, the given quality is more than enough for video calls, e.g. Skype or Google, or self portraits. The primary camera on the casing's back manages a higher resolution but its maximum of 1536x2048 pixels only achieves 3 megapixels and records videos with only 640x480 pixels.

High-detail pictures cannot be expected in view of the fairly weak resolutions. However, the results were almost a complete disappointment. The front-facing camera shoots pictures saturated with noise and that are pale and above all very blurry. The pictures are absolutely useless even when the standard placed on the pictures is set very low. The primary camera had a much easier time than the front-facing camera in our picture tests and can regain a bit of ground. Although the pictures shot in a 4:3 format were not very high-contrast and latently unfocused, they were considerably more feasible than the webcam results. HP's Slate 7 generally reaps in a clear minus point here, particularly when the promised application field is considered to be a standard, which explicitly includes taking pictures.

Webcam HP Slate 7
Webcam HP Slate 7
Front-facing camera HP Slate 7
Front-facing camera HP Slate 7
Reference: Canon Ixus 115 HS
Reference: Canon Ixus 115 HS
Webcam HP Slate 7
Webcam HP Slate 7
Front-facing camera HP Slate 7
Front-facing camera HP Slate 7
Reference: Canon Ixus 115 HS
Reference: Canon Ixus 115 HS

Accessories & Warranty

HP currently has a total of four accessory products for the Slate 7 in its web shop. The prices range from 8.39 Euros to 109.99 Euros (~$11 to ~$143): An in-ear headphone HP 100, an external streaming solution HP Pocket Playlist, analog headphone HP HA3000 and a Bluetooth keyboard. The manufacturer includes a 12 month warranty on the Slate 7. Warranty upgrades are not available.

Input Devices & Controls

The virtual keyboard of HP's Slate 7 in landscape mode
The virtual keyboard of HP's Slate 7 in landscape mode

An easy-to-use, virtual QWERTY keyboard is available for entering web addresses and text. The 7-inch screen offers enough room to display the single keys in a convenient size even in portrait mode. It is even possible to type quickly in landscape mode.

The touchscreen made a very good impression in the test. The LC display responded to inputs using up to five fingers simultaneously quickly and without noticeable delays. The content rotated swiftly to landscape or portrait mode and its glass surface enabled smooth usage. The three soft touch buttons responded fast and reliably regardless of the running application. The same was true for both physical keys, i.e. the power button and volume rocker. Overall, using HP's Slate 7 was fun. It did not exhibit any problems in crucial places and the device did exactly what was expected of it.

Display

The glass-protected LC display of HP's Slate 7 displays 1024x600 pixels, which is a typical resolution for a 7-inch device. The Saphir SMT 7-inch 3G+GPS, Acer Iconia B1-A71 and Asus Memo Pad ME172V feature the same resolution. Other tablets, such as the Google Nexus 7 or Asus Fonepad ME371MG reproduce 1280x800 pixels.

With an average brightness of 365.3 cd/m², the Slate 7 achieves an above-average result and surpasses most competing models. The Saphir SMT 7-inch 3G+ GPS (very low 149.1 cd/m²), Acer Iconia B1-A71 (171.7 cd/m²), Asus Memo Pad ME172V (271.8 cd/m²) and the Google Nexus 7 (280.1 cd/m²) fall behind. The Asus Fonepad ME371MG comes closest to HP's review sample with 296.6 cd/m².

351
cd/m²
365
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
368
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
353
cd/m²
379
cd/m²
396
cd/m²
345
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 396 cd/m²
Average: 365.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 388 cd/m²
Black: 0.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 647:1

The black value of 0.6 cd/m² slightly lags behind the good brightness rate and HP's Slate 7 only achieves a middling, yet not at all bad contrast ratio of 647:1. All compared devices offer much more here. The Asus Fonepad ME371MG reaps in the best result with a contrast of 1020:1.

Our assessments using the colorimeter and CalMAN software reveal a few weaknesses of the screen. There is particularly a strong deviation seen in the blue hues in the sRGB color gamut comparison. The screen also incorrectly reproduces the grayscale with an increasing white percentage and the average DeltaE of 8.39 is quite high. However, only a trained eye will notice these ascertained weaknesses in practical use objectively. Subjectively, the 7-inch screen renders vivid, bright colors and a saturated black.

Color reproduction
Color reproduction
Color accuracy
Color accuracy
Grayscale
Grayscale
Color saturation
Color saturation
HP Slate 7 outdoors
HP Slate 7 outdoors

The screen of a mobile device, e.g. tablets, laptops and smartphones, should at least manage a brightness of 200 cd/m² to be outdoor suitable. HP's Slate 7 achieves almost twice this value and can thus be easily used outdoors. However, the screen's glare-type surface could be noticed adversely in intense light and extremely affect the screen's legibility.

Viewing angles: HP Slate 7
Viewing angles: HP Slate 7

The legibility of text and the color reproduction in pictures are maintained even in wider viewing angles. Distorted, faded or inverted picture areas are not seen in extreme side views. It is only the screen's reflective surface that outshines the content with its reflection of light.

The Rockchip RK3066 dual-core processor with 1.6 GHz per core and the SoC-integrated ARM Mali-400 MP4 quad-core GPU form the performance basis for HP's Slate 7. Both use the 1 GB DDR3 working memory and provide HP's tablet with a solid performance foundation. The review sample is on a par with identically or comparably equipped devices in the synthetic benchmarks. However, it has a marginal lead on the Acer Iconia B1-A71, Asus Fonepad ME371MG and Asus Memo Pad ME172V.

AnTuTu Benchmark v3 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
11567 Points ∼32%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
12318 Points ∼34% +6%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
12703 Points ∼36% +10%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
7930 Points ∼22% -31%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
6847 Points ∼19% -41%
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
4525 Points ∼13% -61%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
804 Points ∼6%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1022 Points ∼8% +27%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
1599 Points ∼13% +99%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
573 Points ∼5% -29%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
833 Points ∼7% +4%
3DMark (2013) - 1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
2985 Points ∼2%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
2925 Points ∼2% -2%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
3523 Points ∼2% +18%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
2235 Points ∼2% -25%
NenaMark2 - --- (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
55.6 fps ∼83%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
63.4 fps ∼94% +14%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
55.6 fps ∼83% 0%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
35.9 fps ∼53% -35%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
20.5 fps ∼30% -63%
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
21.6 fps ∼32% -61%
Linpack for Android - Multi Thread (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
61.222 MFLOPS ∼6%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
84.885 MFLOPS ∼8% +39%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
69.296 MFLOPS ∼6% +13%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
72.83 MFLOPS ∼7% +19%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
37.332 MFLOPS ∼3% -39%
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
30.8 MFLOPS ∼3% -50%

The tablets are neck and neck in the browser benchmarks. Acer's Iconia B1-A71 lags behind slightly and Asus' Memo Pad ME172V wins the race in the Sunspider benchmark.

Browsermark - --- (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
1846 points ∼26%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1587 points ∼22% -14%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD (Android 4.2 Chrome)
1667 (min: 1653) points ∼23% -10%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
2118 points ∼29% +15%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
658 points ∼9% -64%
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1111 points ∼15% -40%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
1359 Points ∼7%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1822 Points ∼10% +34%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
1236 Points ∼7% -9%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1647 Points ∼9% +21%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
1384 Points ∼8% +2%
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1090 Points ∼6% -20%
Sunspider - --- (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
1883.7 ms * ∼18%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1415.4 ms * ∼13% +25%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
1722.8 ms * ∼16% +9%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1291.7 ms * ∼12% +31%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
1395 ms * ∼13% +26%
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
2410.2 ms * ∼23% -28%

* ... smaller is better

The flash memory installed in HP's tablet has to show its performance in random and sequential read/write processes in AndroBench 3. It does its job quite well, but doesn't manage more than midfield in total.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
9.24 MB/s ∼6%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
11.43 MB/s ∼7% +24%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
16.87 MB/s ∼10% +83%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
37.46 MB/s ∼22% +305%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
29.94 MB/s ∼18% +224%
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
26.87 MB/s ∼16% +191%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
25.76 MB/s ∼45%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
23.81 MB/s ∼41% -8%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
5.22 MB/s ∼9% -80%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
6.51 MB/s ∼11% -75%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
6.23 MB/s ∼11% -76%
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
10.09 MB/s ∼17% -61%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
8.81 MB/s ∼42%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
10.57 MB/s ∼50% +20%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
4.76 MB/s ∼23% -46%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
7.55 MB/s ∼36% -14%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
7.9 MB/s ∼38% -10%
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
8.85 MB/s ∼42% 0%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
HP Slate 7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
0.64 MB/s ∼22%
Saphir SMT 7 3G+GPS
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1.5 MB/s ∼51% +134%
Google Nexus 7
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
0.28 MB/s ∼10% -56%
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
SGX540, Z2420, 16 GB iNAND Flash
0.22 MB/s ∼8% -66%
Acer Iconia B1-A71
SGX531, MT8317T, 8 GB SSD
0.28 MB/s ∼10% -56%
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Mali-400 MP, WM8950, 16 GB iNAND Flash
0.56 MB/s ∼19% -12%

Games

Current 2D and 3D games are no problem for the Slate 7. HP's tablet rendered all tested games smoothly and even computing-heavy titles like Real Racing 3 or Shadowgun: Dead Zone ran without stutters on the screen.

Emissions

Temperature

HP's Slate 7 stays cool even in full load with an average temperature of 33.9 °C. The highest temperature is reached on the front below the screen's center when held in landscape mode. However, 38.4 °C is absolutely within an acceptable range. The device barely heats up more in idle and reaches 32.4 °C. Nevertheless, a few 7-inch tablets fare better: The Saphir SMT 7-inch 3G+GPS only reaches an average of 32.5 °C in load and the Asus Fonepad ME371MG only warms up to 30.5 °C.

Max. Load
 34.8 °C31.2 °C29.2 °C 
 36.5 °C33.5 °C30.8 °C 
 37.2 °C38.4 °C33.1 °C 
Maximum: 38.4 °C
Average: 33.9 °C
29.8 °C31.9 °C36.0 °C
30.4 °C32.8 °C36.0 °C
30.2 °C34.6 °C36.6 °C
Maximum: 36.6 °C
Average: 33.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  39.2 °C | Room Temperature 22.5 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

According to HP, the Slate 7 particularly feels comfortable in the multimedia field. The quality of the integrated stereo speakers might not be the purchase deciding factor but it certainly contributes to the overall impression. For exactly this reason, HP installs the Beats Audio HD sound system in its tablet and makes this very visible with the corresponding red logo on the casing's back.

The stereo speakers in fact supplied a decent sound quality in the test but lack mids and particularly bass even when the Beats Audio function is enabled. The audio enhancement was first really noticed when headphones were connected and the midranges as well as low pitches came to the fore much more. Regrettably, HP does not include headphones for the Slate 7 and only offers them as purchasable accessories.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

HP's Slate 7 wakes hopes for long battery runtimes with its consumption rates. The review sample consumed 1.3 to 4.3 watts in idle and 5.9 to 6.3 watts in load. The 7-inch tablet is just as energy-efficient as identically or very similarly equipped devices. Acer's Iconia B1-A71 (6.2 watts) and Asus' Memo Pad ME172V (6.4 watts) are almost equally battery sparing. The Saphir SMT 7-inch 3G+GPS is the most power-hungry with a load consumption of up to 6.9 watts.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 1.1 / 3.3 / 4.3 Watt
Load 5.9 / 6.3 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The non-removable lithium-ion battery in the Slate 7 has a capacity of 13.4 watt hours. However, it cannot thrust the tablet to the top ranks in battery runtime in the test.

HP's tablet lasted for 3 hours and 21 minutes using maximum screen brightness and all wireless technologies on. This minimum runtime is a good rate.

It looks different in the other direction, in the test for maximum runtime using minimum screen brightness and all wireless connections off except for Wi-Fi. The Slate 7 ran for a relatively long time with 14 hours and 10 minutes but only places itself in the midfield. Google's Nexus 7 (17 hours and 38 minutes) and Asus Fonepad ME371MG (18 hours and 54 minutes) last much longer. Contrasting that, Asus Memo Pad ME172V shuts down after just 8 hours and 11 minutes.

The Wi-Fi test comes closest to real use behavior. Here, the screen's brightness is set to 150 cd/m² and a script automatically opens websites every 40 seconds. HP's tablet delivers a very good performance with 6 hours and 55 minutes in the comparison. Google's Nexus 7 (6 hours and 50 minutes) and Asus' Fonepad ME371MG (6 hours and 49 minutes) are almost just as good.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 10min
WiFi Surfing
6h 55min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 21min

Verdict

HP's Slate 7 proved to be a solid 7-inch tablet in many ways during the test. First, it is not a second rate device despite its affordable price. It is well built and features a bright, high-contrast and viewing angle stable LC display. Second, HP was not tightfisted with the innards. The combination of a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core SoC and an ARM Mali-400 MP4 quad-core GPU supplies all over sufficient power for applications and games. Compromises do not have to be made with the operating system either. HP's Slate 7 makes use of an up-to-date version of Google's OS with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

To meet the multimedia claim, the Android tablet relies on the Beats Audio HD sound system, which can develop its full potential with headphones. They are not included though. The Slate 7 blunders with its camera modules. Users who want to take pictures with the 7-inch tablet will find a just still acceptable picture quality from the 3 megapixel primary camera. In return, the webcam shoots miserable quality pictures. Disregarding the lapse in the cameras, HP's Slate 7 is in total quite compelling.

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Specifications

HP Slate 7

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR3 SDRAM
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
7.0 inch 16:10, 1024x600 pixel, LCD, HFFS WVA full-touch LCD with 17.8 cm diagonal, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
8 GB SSD, 8 GB , 5.75 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphone jack, Card Reader: micro-SD card max 32 GB, Sensors: accelerometer,
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 2.1 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.7 x 116 x 197
:: Weight
0.37 kg Power Supply: 0.05 kg
:: Battery
13.4 Wh Lithium-Ion, 1 cell
:: Price
150 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
:: Additional features
Webcam: Webcam 0.3 MP (640x480 Pixel), Rear camera 3 MP (1536x2048 Pixel) , Speakers: stereo (Beats Audio), Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: no, USB cable, PSU, quick start guide, 12 Months Warranty

 

HP's Slate 7 has an RRP of 150 Euros (~$195), but is already available for around 135 Euros (~$175).
HP's Slate 7 has an RRP of 150 Euros (~$195), but is already available for around 135 Euros (~$175).
The 7-inch tablet is framed by a one to two centimeter bezel.
The 7-inch tablet is framed by a one to two centimeter bezel.
The rubber-coated back provides the fingers with a good grip.
The rubber-coated back provides the fingers with a good grip.
HP's Slate 7 convinces with its high-quality build.
HP's Slate 7 convinces with its high-quality build.
The multi-touchscreen detects up to 5 finger inputs simultaneously.
The multi-touchscreen detects up to 5 finger inputs simultaneously.
The stereo speakers in HP's Slate 7 produce a fairly thin sound...
The stereo speakers in HP's Slate 7 produce a fairly thin sound...
...that can be clearly enhanced via the integrated Beats Audio HD sound system, particularly when headphones are used.
...that can be clearly enhanced via the integrated Beats Audio HD sound system, particularly when headphones are used.
The front-facing camera only has a resolution of 3 megapixels.
The front-facing camera only has a resolution of 3 megapixels.
The 0.3 megapixel webcam shoots virtually unusable pictures.
The 0.3 megapixel webcam shoots virtually unusable pictures.
The Slate 7 expands HP's Slate tablet family.
The Slate 7 expands HP's Slate tablet family.
HP's Slate 7 is outdoor suitable despite its very reflective screen.
HP's Slate 7 is outdoor suitable despite its very reflective screen.
The Android tablets box contains...
The Android tablets box contains...
...a modular power supply, a micro-USB cord and a quick start guide
...a modular power supply, a micro-USB cord and a quick start guide
Clearly arranged: The start screen of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Clearly arranged: The start screen of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The battery in HP's tablet lasts for 3 hours and 21 minutes in full load.
The battery in HP's tablet lasts for 3 hours and 21 minutes in full load.
Benchmarks, such as Google Octane, certify HP's Slate 7 to have a good application performance.
Benchmarks, such as Google Octane, certify HP's Slate 7 to have a good application performance.
The flash memory in HP's Slate 7 provided a middling performance in read and write.
The flash memory in HP's Slate 7 provided a middling performance in read and write.

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RK3066, 8.0", 0.44 kg

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Pro

+Solid casing
+Bright screen
+High viewing angle stability
+Latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version
+Decent application and gaming performance
+Low purchase price
 

Cons

-No GPS module
-Awful webcam
-Weak primary camera
-12 month warranty

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What we like

The good performance despite the budget price. The Rockchip RK3066 SoC delivers enough power for all requirements placed on games and apps.

What we'd like to see

A tablet that boasts multimedia use should feature better camera modules. The webcam is virtually useless although the 3 megapixel primary camera shoots feasible pictures.

What surprises us

The LC display's high viewing angle stability and brightness. The screen subjectively offers a high reproduction quality despite not quite perfect rates.

The competition

Acer Iconia B1-A71
Asus Memo Pad ME172V
Asus Fonepad ME371MG
Google Nexus 7
Saphir SMT 7-inch 3G+GPS

Rating

HP Slate 7
08/05/2013 v3
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
78%
Keyboard
59%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
36%
Weight
100%
Battery
94%
Display
81%
Games Performance
28%
Application Performance
47%
Temperature
86%
Noise
100%
Add Points
75%
Average
72%
84%
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Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Review HP Slate 7 Tablet
Author: Manuel Masiero, 2013-06-30 (Update: 2013-07- 2)