The HP Mesquite tablet is a 7 inch Android tablet with an Intel Atom processor and a low price tag. It launched as a Black Friday exclusive, with Walmart selling the tablet for $89.

But now that Black Friday has come and gone, you can still pick up this tablet for less than the price of a Kindle Paperwhite. Walmart is now selling HP’s cheapest Android tablet for $99.

HP Mesquite 7

If you’re willing to spend a bit more money you can certainly find a tablet with a better screen, faster processor, and other premium features. But this isn’t a premium tablet — it’s a $99 model which looks surprisingly decent when you consider the price.

The tablet features a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2640 Medfield processor, a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. It has a 0.3MP front-facing camera, and features WiFi and Bluetooth.

The HP tablet measures 7.6″ x 4.9″ x 0.4″ and weighs about 13 ounces. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software. It’s said to get up to 5 hours of battery life.

While you’d probably get more bang for your buck with a refurbished Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Tab, or Amazon Kindle Fire, the HP Mesquite tablet is one of the first Intel-powered tablets to sell for under $100. It also has at least one thing that Google’s Nexus tablets lack: a microSD card slot for extra storage space.

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11 replies on “HP 7 inch Android tablet available for $99 from Walmart”

  1. If HP wants to sell something like this they should do it under another name. HP is a brand I avoid but many still think they make quality gear. Cheap stuff like this will not help their reputation.
    On another note, I am waiting for one of these cheap tablets to incorporate an IR blaster and some kind of learning/programmable remote software. We don’t need great specs to make one of these a universal remote.

  2. “Intel’s Atom Z2640 uses an integrated SGX540 GPU”

    A shame there’s no cheap hardware with FOSS GPU/VPU Linux driver 🙁

  3. Note that HP sells an ARM based tablet that is lighter and gets 50% longer battery life while boasting all around better (screen, a rear camera, etc.) specs. They aren’t dumping it as a loss leader though so it retails for a little more. Intel still has some catching up to do. At least they are in the right ballpark now.

    The big question is, Does this thing have a BIOS/EFI and can you install a different OS?

  4. It is not bad for the price. I had the Palm Tablet and it did not have a micro-sd car slot. I think this would make for a great first tablet.

    1. Were you expecting a lot for that price? It seems good for the price it is being sold at. Probably worlds apart from many off-brand tablet computers.

      1. It’s not significantly better than the competition, no. But it’s not bad for the price

  5. How does it compare to the Hisense Sero Pro? Looks pretty similar.

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