HP’s tardy Android tablet debut was surprisingly timid, as an underwhelming Slate 7 saw daylight last spring, but apparently, the PC market champion priced the thing low enough to become (mildly) popular and warrant follow-ups.
And the sequels look much better than the original, not to mention they offer plenty of choice for different budgets. Two of the fresh Slates, the 7 Plus and 8 Pro, have very recently gone on sale, whereas the third, dubbed Slate 7 Extreme, is listed as out of stock on HP’s official website, meaning it’ll likely start shipping in time for Christmas.
Those of you on a tight budget will be happy to hear the Slate 7 Plus costs a measly 150 bucks, offering decent value for money, thanks to a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU, pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 1 GB RAM and 7-inch HD screen.
Meanwhile, the Slate 8 Pro looks more like an iPad mini 2 rival than a Nexus 7 “killer”, going for $329.99 with Tegra 4 power, Android 4.2, 11-hour battery, an 8-inch 1,600 x 1,200 pix res display, 16 GB built-in storage and Beats Audio sound system.
As for the unavailable Slate 7 Extreme, that’s basically a refined Slate 7 Plus model with twice the on-board storage (16 gigs), a snazzier SoC (Tegra 4) and solid 10.5-hour battery life. The price tag? $200, which all things considered is pretty darn affordable.
Via [Unwired View]