HP is taking a shotgun approach to the Android tablet space this holiday season. The company has 4 new models featuring screen sizes ranging from 7 to 10 inches and prices starting at $150.
The entry-level tablet features a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display with wide viewing angles, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. The tablet runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
It basically has the specs of a 2012-era Google Nexus 7, but HP’s tablet has a lower starting price and a few features that Google’s original Nexus did not, including a mcicroSD card slot and a 5MP rear camera as well as a 0.3MP front-facing camera.
The HP Slate7 Plus also features GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and stereo speakers. It has a 4000mAH battery which should be good for up to 7.5 hours of battery life. The tablet measures 0.4 inches thick and weighs 12 ounces.
If Tegra 3 is too 2012 for you, HP also has an inexpensive 7 inch tablet with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip. The HP Slate7 Extreme is basically HP’s version of the NVIDIA Tegra Note, and it features the chip maker’s ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor.
Other features include 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 4100mAh battery for up to 10.5 hours of run time, and ANdroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software.
The tablet supports WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Miracast wireless display technology, has a microSD card slot and HDMI port. It also comes with a stylus for writing or drawing on the screen.
The HP Slate7 Extreme features as 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front-facing camera. The tablet is 0.37″ thick and weighs 11.3 ounces.
While all of the other HP tablets are available for purchase, the HP Slate7 Extreme is listed as “out of stock” as of 12/04/2013.
HP’s 10 inch Android tablet has a bigger screen and a bigger price tag. It sells for $300 and features a 10 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display.
The HP Slate10 HD is powered by a 1.2 GHz Marvell PXA986 dual-core processor and features 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software.
The rest of the specs are a lot like those for the other tablets, including WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Miracast support, but this model also features Beats Audio and a 7000mAh battery for up to 10 hours of battery life.
HP’s 10 inch model measures 10.2″ x 7.0″ x 0.4″ and weighs about 1.4 pounds.
HP’s first 8 inch Android tablet is the only member of the current HP Slate family to sport a screen resolution higher than 1280 x 800. It also has a 4:3 screen aspect ratio instead of a widescreen display. Maybe those are the reasons it costs so much more money than the 7 inch models.
The HP Slate8 Pro has an 8 inch, 1600 x 1200 pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.
HP says it should run for up to 11.5 hours thanks to the 5680mAh battery. The tablet supports WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS and features a microSD card slot and HDMI port. It has an 8MP rear camera and 720p front-facing camera and the tablet runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The tablet measures 8.7″ x 5.6″ x 0.4″ and weighs about a pound. Like the 10 inch tablet, this model features Beats audio.