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HP's Slate 7 tablet was announced at a press event just ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona on Sunday. ZDNet went hands-on with the tablet to see if it would be able to measure up to the competition when it is released in April.
The low-cost device is the first from HP to use the Android operating system (rather than Microsoft Windows) and comes with 7-inch display that has a 1024 x 600 pixels resolution. In initial tests, the screen looked a little washed out but a spokeswoman said it was a very early build of the hardware.
"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," Alberto Torres, senior vice president of the Mobility Global Business Unit at HP, said in a statement on Sunday.
HP recently announced its first Chromebook, showing that it is eschewing Windows altogether for some of its newest devices.