HP drops starting price of Slate 7 table to $140

HP’s Slate 7 is a low-cost Android tablet with a 7 inch screen and a dual-core processor. When it launched in April, HP charged $170 and up for the Slate 7. Now you can pick one up for $140.

HP Slate 7

For that price you get a tablet with a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3066 dual-core processor, Android 4.1 software a 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. There’s also a 16GB model which now sells for  $170.

Even at those new prices, the HP Slate 7 might not be the best deal around. The $199 Google Nexus 7 costs more, but has a higher resolution display and faster processor. Amazon is currently selling the Kindle Fire HD for $169 and up. And you can pick up a Barnes & Noble NOOK HD for $129.

Unlike some of those tablets, the HP Slate 7 does have a pretty pure Android experience rather than a custom version of Google’s operating system. It also has a microSD card slot for extra storage.

But the HP Slate 7 gets just up to 5 hours of battery life, which is pretty poor by today’s standards.

For the most part, the Slate 7 has the specs of a Chinese tablet that you could buy for under $100. It just has the HP name thrown on.

If that matters, I suppose it’s nice to know that you can now buy one for $30 less than the original list price .

via Android Central

  • toronado455

    Where’s the new Nexus 7??? Was supposed to be here in June, no?

    • CyberGusa

      No, end of July at the earliest…

  • Conception

    Firesale in 3-2-1. I’ve learned my lesson with HP and tablets. Don’t waste your money on this company and this POS when you could get a Sero 7 Pro retail for $149 at Walmart USA.

    • Michael Thompson

      This ^

    • http://rct.me.ht/ crashsuit

      I’m not sure whether this is strictly relevant, but I’ve shied away from all of HP’s consumer-grade stuff. I own a couple of their business class laptops, and they’re excellent, but all my consumer-class HP laptops have suffered from eventual catastrophic failure.

      • Conception

        I have too actually. My TouchPad developed cracks around one of the speakers (had to crazy glue it – lives in a case so you can’t see it) and it’s just crap build quality. Also, I do have a consumer desktop (Pavillion) too that is working well still BUT HP did refuse to issue drivers for it for when Windows 7 came out and Vista drivers wouldn’t work thanks to a few hard coded lines in their driver files. Funny, the hacker community got involved and thanks to them things work flawlessly. Granted it’s a little old now compared to the i5 and i7 series but it works fine for it’s purpose.

        That’s how HP rolls though. The best thing to ever happen to them was the 2012 financial losses they took after that Leo Apotheker idiot. They’re slowly improving, but it’s still a terrible company compared to what they once were – market leaders. Such a waste…

  • Michael Thompson

    Way to once again soundly not get it, HP.

  • www

    think I will wait till they are 19.99

  • www

    sometimes a big name isn’t enough to sell a product..waiting on new nexus

  • gadgetfreaksta

    HP please stay away from tablets

  • Penn Taylor

    $140 is still an awful lot for a seven inch coffee table. I guess with the glass top you wouldn’t have to worry about spills though, so maybe that’s what accounts for the price. How many plastic coffee stirrers will that little slot on the right hand side hold?

  • Am5x86-133

    I can’t help it, but HP’s 1024 x 600px stupid digital TV 16:9 screen ratio is just ridiculous on a tablet and just the same on a smart phone.
    In portrait mode it’s way too narrow and in landscape one is busy doing nothing but scrolling all the time.
    Something like the sqrt(2) aspect ratio of the A-4/-5/-6 paper sizes is much better and right in the middle of the acceptable 4:3 (=1.33) through 16:10 (=1.6) screen format for a device being used in both orientations frequently.

    16:9 (=1.78) is way too distorted for that purpose and real movies, meaning not TV shows, don’t fit anyway without letterboxing, making all the arguments for for that ratio moot to begin with.

  • Glenn Condrey

    Well it DOES have Beats Audio…which sucks on my laptop (when music is playing…I will get this annoying metallic BRRRRRRANK sound that lasts a split second. It plays just fine in Linux. I hacked a text file in Ubuntu that allows Linux to access the bass speaker too….so it sounds pretty decent for a change.
    The display could be better though.

    • Moto X Forum

      You do realize that ‘Beats Audio’ is just a gimmick. It’s just an EQ setting to boost the bass. Get an EQ app and you can tweak it yourself.