Is The HP Slate 7 The Best Value Small Tablet?

Is The HP Slate 7 The Best Value Small Tablet?

HP isn’t a brand that typically plays in the budget space, but its upcoming Slate 7 tablet is undeniably an inexpensive option. Does that make it the best value you can get?

HP Australia has confirmed that we’ll see the Slate 7 in Australia in April at a starting price of $199. Outside of random percentage-off-everything type sales, I’d be surprised to see much discounting at that price point, simply because there’s so little wriggle room to actually cut the price down.

The last time HP had a tablet at that kind of price, however, it was the ill-fated Touchpad. HP’s undeniably late to the Android tablet space, and there are some rather solid competitors in the small tablet space. HP may well point to its build quality or the fact that the Slate 7 is Beats Audio certified, but how do the rest of the specifications stack up? For the purposes of comparison, I’ve kept it within the Android ecosystem and looked at two other tablet options; Google’s popular Nexus 7 and Kogan’s recently announced line of budget 8″ tablets.

Brand Price (ms) Screen Specifications Operating System Processor Storage Estimated Battery Life Connectivity
HP Slate 7 $199 7-inch 1024×600 HFFS display Android 4.1 1.6 GHz dual-core A9 processor 8GB+MicroSD ~5 hours 802.11 b/g/n
Google Nexus 7 $249 7″ 1280×800 216ppi IPS display Android 4.2.2 1.3GHz Tegra 3 Quad-Core 16GB Up to 8 hours of active use 802.11 b/g/n
Kogan Mini 8″ Dual Core Tablet $129 8″ 1024×768 Capacitive Touchscreen Android 4.1 Dual Core 1.6GHz 16GB+MicroSD Not stated 802.11 b/g/n

The specifications don’t tell the entire story. If you’re after just the cheapest possible tablet, the Kogan would seem the most logical bet, but then you’re more likely to see fewer Android upgrades, and the lack of information on the screen or battery life is a concern. Google charges a little more for the Nexus 7, and it lacks expandable storage, but Nexus devices are always first on the block when it comes to Android updates. That puts the Slate 7 in a somewhat uncomfortable position. It’s certainly inexpensive, but it’s possible to get either a slightly better product for not much money, or a more basic product for a fair price cut.


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