HP dipped its toe into the tablet waters over the summer with the Slate 7, an affordable 7-inch Android device that really didn’t have any appeal over the old or new versions of the Nexus 7. HP is giving tablets another shot, though, and is expanding its range too. The company today announced three new Slates that all serve different use cases.
The HP Slate 7 Extreme, for instance, is based on Nvidia’s Tegra Note reference tablet. The specs are identical: there’s a 7-inch 1280×800 IPS display, an Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, and an included stylus for drawing and doodling. The only real difference is HP’s brand on the back. The price is expected to be $199 in the US, and probably around £180 here in the UK.
HP also announced the Slate 8 Pro, a 7.9-inch tablet with a 4:3 aspect ratio that’s clearly designed to compete with the iPad mini. HP’s product has one distinct advantage, though: the screen resolution is higher. The iPad mini has a 1024×768 IPS display, but the Slate 8 Pro includes a 1600×1200 panel instead. It uses the same Tegra 4 SoC as the Slate 7 Extreme too, so it should have a leg up in terms of general performance.
The other interesting addition to HP’s lineup is the Omni 10, a larger tablet that eschews Android in favour of Windows 8.1 instead. The slate includes one of Intel’s Bay Trail processors, a newer iteration of the company’s Atom chips that’s designed to dramatically cut power usage. There’s also a 1080p display, along with 2GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and the option for a 128GB SSD. It could prove to be a cheaper alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Pro thanks to that Bay Trail processor, but it won’t be anywhere near as powerful.
HP didn’t reveal specific pricing for any of the tablets, but did say that they’ll ship sometime in November. It’s unclear, however, if the company intends to make the products available in the UK.