$100 HP 7 Plus Android tablet launches in the US

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.

HP 7 Plus

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.

  • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

    This is not so bad at all.

    For the same price, you usually only get noname tablets with 3hrs runtime (here in Hungary at least).

    I only have a Touchpad from HP but if the quality of that is any indication, this 7″ Android product may be a fairly good deal at those prices.

    • Michael Thompson

      This is a rebranded noname.

    • George

      HP tablets are rebadged generics. I bought the first el cheapo
      HP Walmart tablet during last Black Friday, an Intel Atom
      Android tablet. Not compatible with several apps in the
      Google Play store, including MapFactor navigation, local
      ABC TV affiliate app, Battery app, and others.

      If you power off the tablet, then plug in the USB cable to charge
      the tablet, the tablet boots from power off to the home screen.
      HP Indian tech support told me this tablet was designed to work that way.
      Battery drains quickly even when powered off, which is absurd.

      Thought I’d wait for people to port Windows 8 to it, but there
      are many low quality cheap 8″ Atom Windows 8.x tablets coming.

  • Michael Thompson

    You could walk into almost any Walmart and buy a 7″ tablet at that price point that might even beat that white elephant in the specs too.

    • Kevin Mai

      speaking of walmart and 7 inch tablets at that price point, they had/have the hisence sero 7 pro which was a first gen nexus 7 with an sd card slot for about the same price.

  • sebastian

    there is no way you get more than 5 hours with 2800mAh on an Allwinner A31

    • min009

      Wouldn’t that depend on the voltage of the 2800mAh?

      • sebastian

        those batteries are usually 3.7v, but what´s important to battery capacity is the “mAh” (miliamps per hour that the battery could give to the device), The consumption is measured in watts actually (watts = volts x amps) and the A31 is a 40nm chip so it would consume at least 25%/30% more power than a similar 28nm chip (like the rk3188). I´ve used A31 tablets and you need at least a 3500mAh battery to have more than 5 hours in a 7inch tablet. English isn´t my first language so I hope it makes sense :)

  • Conception

    It’s almost embarrassing to have a tablet (or any electronic device) with HP branding on it outside of the HP TouchPad. Cheap or not, save yourself the hassle and avoid HP. Once they get your money, they’ll drop you faster than you can say “fleeced”.

    This thing could have top of the line specs with 3GB of RAM and I wouldn’t ever buy HP again – learned my lesson the hard way. I used to have a desktop by them and they killed driver support when migrating to Windows 7 from Vista back in the day, leaving me stranded until the hacker community enabled an upgrade path. Thanks to them, it actually worked BETTER with hacked Win 7 drivers than with official HP drivers under Vista – go figure! HP bought and murdered PALM, the TouchPad and our beloved webOS. They were gifted a leading edge technology company but floundered under greedy and moronic leadership. This company couldn’t innovate their way out of a wet paper bag let alone return to market dominance. The HP brand is forever tainted by this scandal coupled with the Autonomy mess.

    Oh and good luck getting any OS upgrades on this tablet – it’s as bad as a cheap, P.O.S. Chinese knockoff. I know some of you are cheap (it’s not a bad thing to want to stretch your hard earned dollars), but don’t be “THIS CHEAP”. It will come back to bite you in the ass – promise!

    • Michael Thompson

      Say it brother

  • kmand

    I keep hoping to see a cheap tablet just for trying out various roms. However, the cheap noname ones don’t really have any developer roms. I thought an HP model had a chance, but based on a search this one does not.

  • http://www.twitter.com/davezatz Dave Z

    Hm, wonder if I could hardwire and mount this in the bathroom as a TV (using FiOS and Slingbox apps).

  • qubit86

    first IPS display msrp at $100? nice.

  • Ginny D

    I have an HP7 tablet and need to know HOW to *mass delete* email either in the inbox or the TRASH. HELP??