The HP Slate 7 is an Android tablet with a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a dual-core processor, and a relatively low price tag. It’s expected to go on sale in the US this month for $169, but if you happen to be in the UK you can already order the Slate 7 for £129. It just won’t ship until May 1st.

HP Slate 7

HP’s 7 inch tablet features a Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software. It has front and rear cameras and a microSD card slot.

Unless you really need a microSD card slot, a Google Nexus 7 is a better tablet in pretty much every way. It runs newer software, has a faster CPU, a higher-resolution display, and more storage. But the Nexus 7 costs $199 and up.

Like many other companies, HP is betting that there are tablet shoppers who think even the Nexus 7’s price is too high… or who just prefer to buy products from HP.

It can’t do any worse than the discontinued HP TouchPad tablet, can it?

via Engadget and Tom’s Hardware

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8 replies on “HP’s 7 inch Android tablet hits the UK for £129”

  1. Actually, tegra 3 in Nexus 7 isn’t better than rk3066. You can find plenty of benchmarks on the net. Do your homework before making affirmations.

    1. Yeah it isn’t but for $70 less I can get the same thing with an IPS screen… HP is selling something I can get on Aliexpress for $95…if this was with the RK3188 then HP would have my business on a silver-platter. I’ll probably get this if the price hits Nook Tablet levels. I was hoping the ASUS ME127 tablet would incorporate this chip at a $100 price point but instead it used a WM chip that is honestly not much better than the Nook Color other than hardware HD decoding.

    2. I’ve tested dozens of tablets and TV sticks at this point, and the Tegra 3 is faster than the RK3066 on every device I’ve tried. You may have seen Quadrant benchmarks that show something different, but Quadrant is just once test. The Tegra 3 comes out ahead in other tests such as Antutu and CF-Bench.

      The newer Rockchip RK3188, on the other hand, is much faster than Tegra 3.

      1. CPU wise rk3066 is neck and neck with Tegra 3. GPU wise, rk3066 is better.

        In Antutu 3.x, both Tegra 3 and rk3066 have 12k scores. This is because rk3066 has better 3D scores and higher IPC.

        There aren’t many Android apps optimized for multicore CPUs. That means a CPU with higher IPC is better in a real world scenario than a CPU with more cores.

        I did benchmarks myself and compared with Nexus 7 benchmarks as I don’t have a Tegra 3 device myself.

        rk3066 is also comparable with Exynos 4. They have more or less the same scores.

  2. At least they’re not charging $600 for it. Maybe they fired some greedy Marketing MBA’s. There may be hope for HP yet.

  3. Do you really think HP fans are waiting to get this?

  4. Actually once you install Android on the the TouchPad it’s an excellent tablet with a beautiful display and unique features such as inductive charging.
    On the other hand, this is essentially a generic present generation Shenzen tablet which has been badged with the HP logo. You would think that they would incorporate some distinctive features such as a RK3168 chip or add touchstone inductive charging technology.

    1. I think HP has shown us exactly what they are prepared to do:
      Be bland and re-brand.

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