The $100 and under tablet market has mostly been the home of third-tier vendors, whose devices are as likely to be found at drugstores as at electronics retailers. Intel has been touting the promise of, but we've haven't seen any yet from major manfacturers. Instead, its hardware partner HP has just rolled out a new bargain-basement tablet with no Intel inside.
Dubbed the HP 7 Plus, it's not to be confused with the HP Slate 7 Plus, which costs $50 more and features an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and a bigger battery. The 7 Plus is powered by an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor instead and, at 5.5 hours of battery life, promises about 2 hours less than the Slate 7 Plus. Like the Slate 7 Plus, and, it runs the older Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but while the HP 8 includes 16GB of built-in storage, the 7 Plus only comes with 8GB.
Not surprisingly, HP doesn't trick out the 7-inch display with Retina-like resolution, settling for a ho-hum 1,024x600 -- slightly lower than the Slate 7 Plus' 1,280x800. The 7 Plus also cheaps out on the rear-facing camera, which offers a mere 2 megapixels of resolution, and the tablet apparently doesn't even feature Bluetooth connectivity.
Of course, you get what you pay for, and with the 7 Plus, you're only paying $99.99. HP does throw in 25GB of lifetime cloud storage from Box at least. Does the 7 Plus offer enough for you to drop a Benjamin on the tablet? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below.