HP recently announced the HP Slate 7, an affordable Android consumer tablet that provides customers with easy access to Google Mobile services. Upon reading the technical specifications and pricing of the HP Slate 7, I personally feel that there is a market and demand for an affordable Android consumer tablet that would encourage more people to own and use a tablet.
With a 7-inch diagonal screen and weighing 370g, the HP Slate7 is an ideal trusted personal companion. It also is the industry’s first tablet to offer embedded Beats Audio, for the best-sounding, richest audio experience available on a tablet. The HP Slate7 delivers the Google experience with services like Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multiperson video chat as well as access to apps and digital content through Google Play.(1)
“To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leveraging an array of operating systems,” said Serena Yong, general manager, Printing and Personal Systems, HP Singapore. “Our new HP Slate7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumers, 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.”
HP’s tablet offerings reside in the company’s newly formed Mobility Global Business Unit, established in September 2012 with the hiring of Alberto Torres as senior vice president. Torres joined HP from Nokia, where he was executive vice president and oversaw the MeeGo products and platform.
Access and enjoy
Powered by an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, the HP Slate7 is fast and responsive. Integrated wireless allows customers to access email, the internet and key applications, while the High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel offers wide viewing angles that provide easy viewing of documents, games, photos and videos—even in outdoor lighting conditions.
The HP Slate7 includes a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for chatting, videos and photos. Available in either red or silver colors, the HP Slate7 has a stainless steel frame.
With the HP ePrint(2) application, customers can easily print while at home or on the go, and an exclusive native printing capability enables customers to print directly from most applications. A micro USB port allows customers to easily transfer files, and a suite of applications fromHP spans exclusive games to productivity tools.
HP will provide an array of simple and easy-to-access support tools and resources to help customers take full advantage of all of the features the HP Slate7 has to offer. In addition to extensive phone and online support offerings included with the HP Slate7, HP is offering customers the opportunity to expand and extend the standard product warranty with its HP Care Pack services.
Pricing and availability
The HP Slate7 is expected to be available in Singapore from June 6 at all major retailers and the HP Online Store at a recommended retail price of S$249. Pre-orders are now available at the HP Online Store for a promotional price of S$199, until stocks last.
Additional information about the HP Slate7 is available at www.hpshopping.com.sg.