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 $100 slates using its Bay Trail processors, 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 the HP 8, 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.