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HP Unveils its First Android Tablet, the HP Slate 7

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HP Slate 7

HP just announced its first Android tablet known as the HP Slate 7. Hoping to re-enter the mobile race, it looks like HP’s strategy is not to compete against the current crop of mobile tablets in terms of specs and features, but rather attack most of them through strategic pricing scheme. As such, the HP Slate is set to debut at an affordable price of only $169.99, that’s $30 cheaper than the highly coveted Google Nexus 7.

We all know the Nexus 7, despite its relatively cheap price, is packed with some nice features such as a quad-core processor. That’s something that the HP Slate 7 doesn’t have. The tablet can only muster a 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 chip. That ain’t much for a processor, right? Still, the rest of the specs of the HP Slate 7 is worth taking look.

So, aside from the processor, there’s also a 7-inch 1024×600 resolution FFS+LCD touchscreen display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of SSD which is expandable through microSD, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and a 3MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera.

Other features of the HP Slate 7 include Beats Audio processing, stainless steel frame measuring 10.7mm thick and around 13 ounces. The HP Slate 7 also boasts of a battery pack that could lasts up to five hours if you’re watching a video. The HP Slate 7 will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

So there you go. What do you think folks? Can the HP Slate 7 steal the thunder away from the Google Nexus 7 in the 7-inch tablet race?

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    Another tablet maker making strides to offer quality Android tablets at competitive prices is Ainol Electronics — which previously won runner-up for “Best Tablet of the Year” at CES 2012, and this month has introduced the Novo Quad Core Series of Android tablets – including the Novo 7 Venus which launched earlier this month, with one of the first resellers – a site called TabletSprint – offering this new quad core model for $149.

    The Novo 7 Venus compares and to the Nexus 7 tablet but for considerably less – matching key features, including a Quad Core processor, a high resolution multi-touch 1280800 IPS screen, 16GB memory, a front camera, Android O/S and Google Play Store preinstalled — while also offering a number of features the Nexus 7 doesn’t – including a 2-megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, an HDMI 1080p port to download and watch movies directly from a tablet on a large screen TV and also project & play video games on to a big screen; plus more ways to connect to the internet, including Ethernet as well as 3G/4G Wireless connection through its USB port with a 3G/4G USB adapter.

    The Novo 9 Spark priced at $269 is also released next week, and compares to the Nexus 10 and iPad — featuring a Quad Core processor along with a 9.7 inch 20481536 (Retina) screen – and a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, 4K Digital HDMI, and a 5 Megapixel Rear Camera with AF and Flash . The site TabletSprint also offers $25 in Bonus Apps with all tablets they carry.

    It should be interesting to see how the new Novo Quad Core Series fares in 2013 as this company gains more presence in the tablet market–

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