Hewlett-Packard re-enters the media tablet market with 7-inch Android Jelly Bean tablet
If you are a PC vendor mulling a foray into the world of smartphones and media tables, there is perhaps no other platform more convenient than Android for this purpose. That is not to say that it is an option that readily appeals to everyone, especially those who give priority to control over convenience. But, as tempting as it might be, to have your own OS, it does not guarantee success and can be a very costly exercise. Just ask HP, which has taken almost two years to recover from the unmitigated disaster that was the TouchPad and re-enter the tablet market.
The company has begun shipping the Jelly Bean-running Slate 7 Android tablet it unveiled back in February at the Mobile World Congress. The 7-inch Slate 7, which sports a $169.99 price tag, packs a 1024x600 display, 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (up to 32GB external storage), VGA front camera, 3MP rear camera, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, micro USB port, and stereo speakers with Beats Audio. Its 3500mAh lithium polymer battery promises up to 5 hours of continuous video playback.
"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP. "Our new HP Slate7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, while our ground-breaking, business-ready HP ElitePad on Windows® 8 is ideal for enterprises and governments. Both deliver the service and support people expect from HP."