HP is getting back into tablets, this time with Android (and not with webOS with the ill-fated Touchpad). Their first device in this category is a budget device that reminds us a lot of the Nexus 7 but with worse specs and a low price. It has a 7″ 1024×600 LCD display and is powered by an A9 Cortex CPU with 1GB of RAM. It’s running on Android 4.1 and comes without a skin on top of Android. Interestingly, it has Beats Audio, making it the first non-HTC device to bring this audio-enhancing technology since the aforementioned TouchPad. It also has 8GB of storage, but unlike the Nexus 7, you can expand that with the microSD slot.
The big news here is the price: at $169, HP is clearly trying to undercut the Nexus 7 which is priced starting at $199. You can buy a Slate 7 in April with a choice of gray or red. Take a look at our hands-on coverage of the Slate 7 and let us know what you think about it.