HP Slate 7 pictures and hands-on

Have you got 145 euros and are in need of a new Android tablet? Well the HP Slate 7 might be the tablet for you, according to HP.

Looking to take on Asus and its Nexus 7 device, the bright-red HP Slate 7 comes with a 7-inch display (1024 x 600), 1.6GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, and Beats Audio. 

On the software side, the Slate 7 runs Android Jelly Bean with the usual array of services such as Google Now, Google Search, and more. Like the Nexus 7, HP looks to be taking the pure-Android route, doing away with any OEM skin on top (ie,TouchWiz). An HP ePrint app for easy printing to its line of printers will be baked on though.

The Slate 7 will launch first in the US this April for $169 (£112), available in both red and slate grey.

In the hand and it's well built and easy to use, however there are some concerns. We aren't sure about the rather thick bezel (frame) around the screen, and it might have been the poor light at Mobile World Congress, but we aren't that enamoured with the screen quality either. 

One to watch, but we suspect spending a little more cash to get the Nexus 7 will be the better option. 



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