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HP-slate-7HP is returning to the tablet game with a low-cost seven-inch Android device. The company’s HP Slate 7 will sell for US$170 – that’s NZ$200. HP says it goes on sale in April.

This is not the first time the troubled computer giant has tried its hand at making tablets, the ill-fated HP TouchPad went on sale briefly in 2011 before being withdrawn. After cutting its price just $99, the devices flew out the door with punters queuing to get their hands on the bargain basement tablets.

The Slate 7 offers two features not seen elsewhere. It has a stainless steel case and features Beats Audio. There’s a 1.6GHz Arm dual-core processor and 3 megapixel camera on the back and smaller camera on the front. HP hasn’t made the screen resolution public yet.

HP appears desperate to have a credible tablet line. Weakness in this area is hurting profits, worse, without decent tablets the company could quickly become irrelevant

Since the company came close to unloading its PC business in late 2011, PC sales have continued to fall with the consumer PC business down a whopping 13 percent. HP also seems to be keen on supporting a variety of operating systems, has Windows PCs, Chromebooks and now Androids.

9 thoughts on “HP tries tablets again

  1. If they want to keep relevant, they need to give customers (consumers and businesses) a reason for them to be relevant.

    They aren’t the prettiest, that’s Sony/Asus
    They aren’t the strongest built, that’s Lenovo
    They aren’t decent price/performance, that’s Samsung/Toshiba/Acer

    And I don’t think there’s any room to squeeze in anywhere there.

    • Apart from one or two outliers – like the Envy Spectre notebook – HP products are just generic, off-the-shelf PCs and laptops. They’re all made in the same Asian factories as everything else but without much obvious added design input.

  2. Tablets are a luxury expect as far as reading goes.About 75% of my reading is done via tablet with 15% by phone and the rest by paper sources. My IPad2 tablet is/was nice, but it is a device looking for a mission. You look at it and have to think OK, what else can I do with it ? and What else can I do with it after that ? and so on. Don’t have the time to play at making the IPad an important or integral part of my life. Frankly, I don’t even use it much now at all -even lent it out! Conversely, my small tablet an Amazon Kindle Fire has done exactly what I want. I use it to a) read b) watch Amazon Prime (free) Videos, c) web browsing when not near the computer d) some online shopping, at Amazon, Ebay and other sites. I really like the smaller size. It has great battery life and can be used with one hand and is pocketable.Don’t use my tablet(s) for much more than that it for more than that(Yeah I rooted the Kindle, and rarely use the (pretty good) Amazon launcher/interface, preferring ADW Ex, and I also have OTA rootkeeper to keep the video app working). Thanks this is a good, relevant tablet question Before thinking of buying a tablet people should consider how they might use it -or better, are they unsatisfied with some part of their (mostly) on-line computing experience that a tablet can make better?

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