HARDWARE MAKER HP has started taking preorders for its debut Android tablet, the HP Slate 7, ahead of its release on 1 May.
The HP Slate 7 was unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and sees HP trying to snatch marketshare from the likes of the iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7. It also sees HP reentering the consumer mobile market after pulling out due to the failure of its webOS devices.
Having famously struggled in the tablet market, HP has avoided loading the Slate 7 with Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and has instead chosen Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. The tablet runs a largely vanilla version of Android except for a few pre-installed apps.
The tablet, available in both red and silver, has a 7in 1024x600 screen and features an ARM Cortex A9 dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 3.15MP and 0.3MP cameras, integrated Beats Audio software and 8GB of internal storage, expandable to 32GB via microSD.
We spotted the tablet at HP's website today, along with our first glimpse of its release date and price. HP is promising to ship Slate 7 tablets on 1 May, and has started taking preorders at £129.
If you fancy buying a cheap Android tablet that comes with an HP logo on its back, you can order the Slate 7 at the HP website now.
Check out our HP Slate 7 hands-on review. µ
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