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MWC 2013 | Hewlett-Packard unveils the HP Slate 7

After the webOS debacle Hewlett-Packard (HP) is now trying out Android with an entry-level 7" tablet. The HP Slate 7 has a display resolution of 1,024 x 600 and is sporting an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor.

Back in February 2011, Hewlett-Packard had announced the HP Veer and HP Pre 3 mobile phones alongside the HP TouchPad tablet, all using HP’s webOS. However by August that same year the company announced it would be discontinuing all webOS devices. In an apparent effort to play it safe, HP has now unveiled the Android 4.1 Jellybean-equipped HP Slate 7 at MWC in Barcelona.

The HP Slate 7 is an entry-level tablet with a 7-inch screen and a resolution of 1,024 x 600. HP describes the display as a “High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching” (HFFS) panel. Pricing starts at $169 and will be available in the United States in April via

Inside is an unspecified ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of system memory. Other specifications include WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, while unsurprisingly GPS and NFC are not on board. There’s also a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing VGA camera, a micro-USB port and a microSD card slot.

The HP Slate 7 weighs approximately 370 grams (13-ounces) and is 10.7 mm thick. According to HP it's also the industry's first tablet to offer embedded Beats Audio. It will be available in silver or red-colored models, and play back video for five hours (if rumors posted on HP’s official blog are to be believed) on a single charge.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/Alex Storey, 2013-02-25 (Update: 2013-02-26)