Covering all the bases
We're not sure why HP's being so shy about its new line of Android tablets that are now available to buy on the company's website. There's no press release or official announcement that we know of trumpeting their arrival, but even without the usual hoopla, there are some intriguing options. There are four models in all, the first of which is an HP Slate7 Plus that sells for $150.
As the name suggests, it features a 7-inch display with a 1280x800 resolution. Other specs include an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, microSD card slot, 0.3MP front-facing webcam, 5MP rear-facing camera, headphone/microphone combo port, micro USB port, accelerometer, eCompass, GPS, stereo speakers, 4000 mAh battery good for up to 6 hours and 30 minutes, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Not a bad haul for the budget price.
The second model is the HP Slate7 Extreme , another 7-inch tablet with the same resolution but an IPS panel and a higher price tag ($200). The higher price tag is also justified by including an upgraded Nvidia Tegra 4 A15 processor, twice as much internal storage (16GB). HDMI output, Bluetooth connectivity, and a longer running battery (10.5 hours).
Next up on the pricing totem pole is the HP Slate10 HD for $300 . It has a 10-inch display (also with a 1280x800 resolution), Marvell PXA986 dual-core processor (1.2GHz), 1GB DDR3, 16GB internal storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB port, headphone out, Beats Audio, and a 7000 mAh battery for up to 10 hours of run time.
Finally, there's the HP Slate8 Pro for $330. It's similarly spec'd as the Slate7 but with an 8-inch display with 1600x1200 resolution.