HP unveils four new Android-powered Slate tablets

HP unveils four new Android-powered Slate tablets

Summary: The offerings include the Slate 7 Extreme, a version of Nvidia's Tegra Note, and the Slate 8 Pro with an ultra-high-resolution screen. The Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD come with two free years of T-Mobile data service.

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While some Android tablet manufacturers are going down market, hoping to sell more units by slashing prices, HP's latest round of Slate tablets is full of more upscale bells and whistles.

HP did try the cheap route with its Slate 7, which started at $169 but was subsequently reduced to a mere $139. Perhaps in response to the tepid response, the company has swung the opposite direction with its four new Slates, none of which screams out "bargain basement."

For instance, the HP Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD throw in two years of free data service from T-Mobile. Considering many people use tablets only with Wi-Fi, that's a noteworthy bonus, even if the other specs aren't as spectacular: 1,280x800 resolution (on either), Marvel PXA986 processor, and 1GB of RAM. They're upgrades to the original Slate 7, but how much extra you'll have to pay for one when they arrive in November is TBD. Check out our sister site CNET's hands-on coverage for more details.

More intriguing is the Slate 8 Pro, which will compete with the iPad Mini and other 8-inch tablets. It actually has the "HD" that the new Slate 7 and 10 tease, in the form of a 1,600x1,200 screen with a 253 pixels-per-inch density, much higher than the iPad Mini or Galaxy Note 8. It also comes with the latest Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, double RAM of the aforementioned Slates, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (along with the usual 2-megapixel front-facing cam). Again, no pricing details for the November launch, but CNET grabs ahold of it as well.

Finally, there's the Slate 7 Extreme, which is apparently "extreme" because it's essentially a rebadged Nvidia Tegra Note, according to The Verge. Again, it is powered by a Tegra 4 chip, and also features a stylus (albeit without an active digitizer, says Engadget) and a souped-up rear-facing camera with Nvidia magic involved to better capture slow-motion videos and HDR images. We do know that the Tegra Note price is supposed to be $199, so we have an idea of what the Slate 7 Extreme will cost when it goes on sale in November.

Does this new lineup of HP Android tablets look more enticing than the previous Slate 7? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility

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  • Hope they do better this time around

    Their last android tablet was terrible and overshadowed right after it announced by other android tablets.

    I'm not sure what is going to prevent that same thing from happening again to this series of devices.

    I just wonder when HP is going to get around to the phone they were talking about making. This company moves to slow.
    Emacho
    • what's wrong with it?

      I got a slate 7 and paid about $150 for it. I have some cheaper off-brand slates that "kind of work" at a third of the price. The slate 7 in comparison has been a rock so far. I'd like the battery to last longer and more power supply connectors than just micro-USB but that's life. It would have been nice to have a cell phone chipset in it; maybe I would use that if I had it, but it generally works pretty well on wifi.
      What do you want it to do that it doesn't do? I work for HP so I have a dual interest but do not work for the business unit that makes the slates. I'd really like full java VM to run my heavy apps in the android based browsers and if anybody else knows how to do that, I'm listening.
      tavent
  • HP android

    Another failure waiting to happen. Android tablets are almost purely a price function and HP cannot afford low margins. Fail.
    hayneiii@...
    • Re: Android tablets are almost purely a price function

      The Samsung Galaxy Note range are a bit more expensive than average, yet their extra functionality seems to have found them enough of a market that Samsung keeps bringing out new models.
      ldo17
      • I'll bite

        what "extra functionality" is that? I don't have an SIII but have seen lots of reviews that liked them but so far not a lot of specific reasons why.
        tavent
  • I am passing on

    There is nothing compelling here other than 2 years of T-Mo data plan free. But how far that is free, is not known. I guess HP would give away minimum data plan if they are keeping the price around $250. Otherwise I guess it will be expensive. I hate to say this, but there are only two companies that could make better Android tablets in the market. Samsung and Asus. Samsung mastered Android with their Note series and Asus with Nexus line. Rest are mediocre, this includes Lenovo and Acer and even Kindle. The nook was more promising and open than Kindle, but too bad it is not doing well.
    Ram U
  • HP jumped the shark a while back

    It's sad really that a company with such history in computers lost its way but it seems typical lately, the change may just beyond their ability to adapt.
    greywolf7
  • Soji

    Too much, too late. Where were they when others were taking over the market? The free data plan can not help HP to take control of Android market. Will HP offer free data plan in other countries to best rivals?
    sojiorebayo
  • HP Getting Serious About Android

    Good to see HP committing to a future beyond Microsoft Windows. While adopting Android is no guarantee of success, at least it gives them a chance to stay relevant.
    ldo17
    • yep

      so far HP seems to be playing "catch up" since the initial Touchpad stumble. I have one of those from the internal employee fire-sale and since have dual booted cyanogen (an android clone) and I like it pretty well, given that it's a 10 inch tablet. I just can't use my webified java apps and am wondering why not. The subsequent offerings seem to have a "business" leaning (maybe to support windows 8 and activeX, maybe to justify the price, I dunno).
      But the market is so diverse that it's a miracle any vendor can make a buck with hand-helds.
      tavent
      • Re: But the market is so diverse that it's a miracle any vendor can make a

        Maybe the Android market is so diverse precisely BECAUSE so many vendors see an opportunity to make a buck? Notice how it has become so much more diverse than the Windows market, just for comparison.
        ldo17
  • No hero device, too many choices

    Someone needs to tell HP that this is not the PC market. Focus on creating and branding a single "hero" tablet consumers can grasp. Offering too many variations of the same tablet just waters down your offerings.
    dave95.
    • maybe

      from a support standpoint, having an android and a windows load for a tablet, by themselves would not necessarily be a huge cost; given that android is a google product and windows from microsoft, if you license the OS from those vendors, they would logically be the primary source of OS and app-platform support, wouldn't they?
      tavent
  • Nexus 10 and Samsung Note 10.1 Tablets

    I have one of each with 2 gig of ram and they are both pretty good. The Nexus cost me about $500 back last November, and the Note was purchased from Walmart as a refurbished model for $279, I actually like the Note better than the Nexus, but use them both frequently. My point being is that I don't want to buy anything with only 1 gig of ram. Supposedly the next Samsung Note 10.1 2014 might come with 3 gig of ram. I sure don't want to go back below 2 gig of ram. If you are going to keep it for a while, 2 gig of ram and hopefully 32 gig of storage is the least that I want to consider, and also a model with up to a64 Gig micro secure digital chip. Buying a more powerful Android Tablet will probably allow you to keep getting new Android updates many years into the future.
    rgeiken@...
    • ram vs storage

      I talked in a blog with an android device tech support guy (he seemed pretty knowledgeable about tablet OS characteristics but did not work for google) and I asked him that kind of question: if there is expandable storage (typically a micro-SD chip slot) is that not good enough for adequate performance? He seemed to think it was. I think my cheaper android 7 inch tablets do have less "RAM" than the 10 inch touchpad does but I do not know what symptom I would be watching for that is necessarily indicative of insufficient RAM. if you know differently , please clue me in.
      tavent
      • RAM=memory for work

        You may experience more app crashes, web-pages that have to reload when you change tabs, general slowness. Some games and apps may not run at all at your tablet since too little available ram.

        It may also be unable to run future versions of Android well.
        Oden79
  • Excellent reporting...

    Straight from the "answering a question nobody asked" department.
    Playdrv4me
  • Like the Slate

    HP did a great job with their original android slate and I expect the new line-up will meet with more respect from the techie geeks that read these articles. A $139 Android tablet with the HP brand behind is not nothing. Perhaps many of us can afford a $500 tablet without blinking, but with the HP Slate 7 many middle income families can now afford a sturdy piece of hardware for the kids. Go figure why all the reviews on the HP Slate 7 did not get that.
    steffox
  • and the 20 inch android tablet is...

    where?
    Merle ApAmber
    • Check your friendly online retailers....

      Have one. Works. The touch sensitivity isn't as good as the regular tablets. Actually I think its 21" though.
      Does have to be plugged into a wall outlet for power.
      rwwff