HP appears to have at least 3 new Android tablets on the way… and according to leaked information obtained by Mobile Geeks, all three are built by Chinese device maker Huawei, but they’ll have the HP logo slapped on the back.
The HP Slate 8 Plus, HP 10 Plus, and HP Slate 10 Plus tablets are all positioned as mid-range devices with decent specs.
The smallest tablet seems to be a rebranded Huawei MediaPad M1. It features an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, a 1.6 GHz Hisilicon Kirin 910 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storae, and a microSD card reader.
It features 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and at least some models will support 3G.
The tablet has an aluminum case.
This model has a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS display, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 7700 mAh, 28Whr battery.
The tablet has a 5MP rear camera, 2MP rear camera, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
While this model has an extra word in the name, it has less pixels on the screen. It features a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, a HiSilicon quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
It has a microSD card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth and optional 4G LTE. There’s a 3MP rear camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera, and a 23.24 Whr battery for up to 6 hours of run time.
This tablet seems to be a rebranded Huawei MediaPad 10 Link+.
According to mobile Geeks they should all launch in the next few months for mid-range prices.
This reeks of desperation. For a technology innovator to rebrand someone elses tablets and try to pass them off as their own is just – SAD! How the mighty have fallen. I didn’t think HP could sink much lower but now I know for sure they can, and do, actively embrace their own incompetence.
So what is the added value of the HP rebranding over being able to return it more easily to a retailer?
HP might have more incentive to offer software updates (maybe).
In all seriousness I doubt if HP goes much beyond modding the boot screen and adding in whatever bloat they add.
HP writing an update for some other company’s piece smacks of a level of caring that HP just does not have.
One can always hope…
Seriously, though, you’re probably right.
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