HP’s already impressive low-cost Android tablet army has just recruited a new team member, simply dubbed 7 Plus. Where 7 specifies display size (duh), and Plus invokes certain top-of-the-line features that we fail to identify.
We know that’s not the branding custom, but the slate would have been better served by, say, a more earnest 7 Minus moniker. Or 7 Cheap. Or 7 Really, Really Cheap, as the gizmo costs a measly $99.99 via HP’s US online store.
Available on European shores for a couple of months now, the 7 incher is a diminutive reminder of the webOS-powered HP TouchPad days, carrying a spec sheet teleported from 2011. Early 2012, if we’re kind.
Sure, the 7 Plus runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is “only” 18 months old, but that 1,024 x 600 pix res screen was underwhelming even in late 2011. And the quad-core 1 GHz Allwinner A31 chip is just disgustingly laggy.
But hey, what do you expect to see on a $99 gadget? Full HD res? 10-hour battery life? Nuh-uh, this baby barely has 5 hours’ worth of juice in it, thanks to a puny 2,800 mAh ticker. On the bright side, we appreciate HP bothered to put two cams on the 7 Plus, albeit they’re both disappointing, with 2 MP and 0.3 MP sensors.
Also commendable, 1 GB on-board RAM, 8 GB internal storage, microSD support. Bottom line, you get what you pay for and, likely, a bit extra.