HP’s launching a new 7 inch Android tablet called the HP Slate 7 Beats Special Edition. The company’s been working on it for a while (we’ve been seeing reports about the tablet for months), and as you’d expect the tablet features Beats Audio.

The rest of the tablet’s specs make it clear that this is a modified version of last year’s Slate 7 Extreme, which is a tablet based on the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 reference design.

The HP Slate 7 Beats Special Edition is available for $250.

hp slate 7 beats special edition

The tablet has a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with an NVIDIA DirectStylus pen for writing or drawing. Other features include a micro HDMI port, microSD card reader, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.

The tablet has a 4100mAh battery for up to 9 hours of run time and sports stereo front-facing speakers.

The HP Slate 7 Beats Special Edition also goes on sale in Japan starting September 26th. It’s expected to sell for 25,000 yen, or about $233 US.

via Juggly

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5 replies on “HP Slate 7 Beats Special Edition tablet launches for $250”

  1. $250 for a 1280 x 800 display… this had better have sound like a 80s ghetto blaster to demand that pricing. Isn’t that what Beats products are about… replicating the 80s ghetto blaster sound. I really like my light bluetooth headset when I listen to tablet audio… or I use my ear-buds if the bluetooth battery is low.

  2. Why can’t they make a windows tablet with pen and lte for $300 or less?

    1. Both a WACOM pen and LTE are premium priced features that tack up to a additional $50 to near $100 more on top of the rest of the tablet costs…

      Though, not so much because they actually cost so much but because those are features the industry sets a high pricing in order to provide…

      Mind, WACOM typically deals with professionals that are willing to pay a premium and LTE means making deals with Carriers that are all about getting their cut of the pie…

      While, options like N-Trig are cheaper pen options but means battery powered pens and more cost for the system maker who has to develop the driver support, etc. as the apps are less likely to natively support them…

      Like MS had to make a deal with Adobe to get Photoshop support for the N-Trig pen in the Surface Pro 3, for example… While WACOM already has a lot of support…

      Though, this is not to say we won’t one day get such a tablet… It’ll just be likely another two years before the technology gets cheap enough for that to happen…

      However, we are starting to see 3rd party pen add-ons starting to be developed and stylus tech is also getting more accurate and Smart Pens may be an interrum solution… and we may see at least pens being offered more often and in cheaper tablet options but LTE and a pen are still a pricey combination…

      1. Excellent post sir. How is that you are so informed about pen enabled support?

        1. Been following these things for years… as a graphic artist I’ve had a long time interest in such products myself…

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