After a fairly long hiatus, HP made a rather timid tablet comeback last spring, rolling out the low-end and (not so) low-cost Slate 7 with Android. Only it appears the 7-incher proved to be quite the (sleeper) hit, since it warranted not one, not two, but three follow-ups of sorts.
There’s the Slate 7 HD, the Slate 7 Extreme, both of which have been detailed a few weeks ago, plus the Slate 7 Plus, which so far kept a low profile, but made an unexpected debut in French stores earlier today.
Albeit it’s not any pricier than the original Slate 7, going for €149, or $205, the Plus considerably ups the hardware ante, bumping up the screen resolution from 1,024 x 600 pixels to 1,280 x 800 and swapping the laggy dual-core Rockchip CPU for a not very new, but zippy nevertheless quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip.
And that’s not all. The battery is more spacious too, at 4,000 mAh, yet the overall look is more refined, with slimmer bezels and, as a logical consequence, narrow body and lower weight. Granted, this is no featherweight, weighing in at 12 ounces and measuring 0.4 inches in thickness, but it’s definitely a lot more elegant than its forefather.
The rest of the features have more or less been copied by the letter from the Slate 7, including 1 gig of RAM, 8 GB of on-board storage, microSD support and HDMI, whereas availability outside France remains an enigma. Not one extremely tough to crack though, as chances are the entire old continent will be taken by storm by HP in time for the holidays.