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PreCentral: HP announces new HP Slate 7 tablet; the damn thing runs Android

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HP announces new HP Slate 7 tablet; the damn thing runs Android

We

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, but it still stings. HP today announced and unveiled at MWC in Barcelona their reentry into the tablet market with
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. The seven-inch tablet has a 1024x600 screen, a 1.6GHz Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a meager 8GB of onboard storage (though it may be augmented by an included microSD slot). And, in typical HP fashion, it also includes
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integration and an
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.

The kicker:

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. And not even the latest version of Android, no, it runs Android 4.1.1, and almost entirely unmodified from stock - the ePrint integration is an app - not the newer Android 4.2 that's been in the public since November 2012 (4.1.1 landed two months earlier than that). The Slate 7 also has no integrated GPS, no NFC, and no cellular radios to speak of. It's also around 11mm thick. The marquee feature of this low-end, moderately chunky (for 2013) disappointment of a tablet? The price: a surprising $169.

The Slate 7 compares most closely with the

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, and though the Nexus 7 is $30 more expensive, it has a much better processor, is thinner, has a better screen, and
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. The Slate 7 also compares well to
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, though it had a better rear camera. And a better screen. And
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. And an option for cellular integration.
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. Though in the TouchPad Go's defense, it was supposed to come out 18 months ago.

If you're wondering if this new Slate 7 might be a

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for
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, we have but one question to ask you: "With such pathetic specs, why bother?" There's a reason the Slate 7 will retail for $169, and that's because it's not that appealing of a tablet. It's likely the Slate 7 will be plenty open, if HP hasn't gone out of their way to lock it down, so putting Open webOS on it might not be that big of a leap (depending on the manufacturer of the processor and their receptiveness towards open source, that is). But
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today following the announcement, "With such 2010 specs, why would you bother?" Why, indeed.

Our dear friend Phil from Android Central went

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at MWC, and while he found the specifications and screen of the tablet in person as underwhelming as we have from a distance, he was at least impressed by the industrial design, even if it is a bit on the chunky side (see: price). The Slate 7 is perhaps a look into where HP's industrial design would have taken webOS tablets had HP
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And with that, we're not going to bother discussing the Slate 7 at any more length

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. The tablet is due on shelves at US retail stores in April, which means we should expect it to be canceled around June anyway.

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