HP goes Android with Slate 7

hp-slate-7.jpgOne for the record, from Mobile World Congress… It’s being described as one in the eye for Microsoft, by BusinessInsider, and (rather cruelly) as just a flat beige box, by techcrunch

What is it? The HP Slate 7, priced at $169 for the States, and which runs on Android, rather than Windows 8, a first for the company.

The entry-level seven inch tablet runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean I) and is powered by an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, and features a 3-megapixel camera.

Also, a high-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel “offers wide viewing angles that provide easy viewing of documents, games, photos and videos–even in outdoor lighting conditions,” says HP.

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While Android is seen as the entry-level offering, Windows 8 is for heavy-weight, says HP. This is from the company’s press release:

“To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems,” said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP. “Our new HP Slate7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, while our ground-breaking, business-ready HP ElitePad on Windows 8 is ideal for enterprises and governments. Both deliver the service and support people expect from HP.”

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