HP started selling a low-cost Android tablet in Europe a few months ago, and now it’s available in the United States. The HP 7 Plus isn’t going to win any design or performance awards… but it has at least one thing going for it: The tablet is dirt cheap.
The HP 7 Plus is available from HP.com for just $100.
For that price you get a tablet with a quad-core processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software, and up to 5.5 hours of battery life. Here’s a run-down of the specs:
- 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display
- 1 GHz Allwinner A31 ARM Cortex-A7 processor
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB storage + microSD card slot
- 2MP rear camera and 0.3Mp front-facing camera
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi with Miracast wireless display support
- 2800mAh battery
- 7.6″ x 4.8″ 0.32″
- 10.4 ounces
HP also throws in 25GB of free lifetime storage with cloud storage service Box and includes Kingsoft Office software.
The tablet is Google certified and comes with access to the Google Play Store.
While the battery life and screen resolution aren’t exactly stellar, they should be good enough for basic, around-the-house use. If you want a more powerful device, HP has models with higher-resolution displays, faster processors, and other superior features for $150 and up.
It’s still hard to find a tablet that offers better bang for your buck than the Google Nexus 7, but with prices for that tablet starting at $229, the HP 7 Plus looks like an interesting option for bargain hunters… and provides yet another data point showing just how much better today’s dirt cheap tablets are than those of yesteryear.