Remember back during the Mobile World Congress when we saw HP show up, not with news of the miraculous revival of webOS, but with some Android hardware of all things, showing off the budget-priced Slate 7 tablet? HP told us to expect the Slate 7 to go up for sale sometime in August, and now with only a couple days left in the month HP is making good on its word, kicking-off online sales of the Android tablet.
So, how cheap is “budget-priced”? The HP Slate 7 manages to undercut the Nexus 7 with its $170 price tag. It does that while still offering a premium feature or two, like Beats Audio.
Still, the Slate 7 isn’t without its problems. The big one may be its low resolution, and that seven-inch screen is only 1024 x 600. Compare that to the Nexus 7′s 1280 x 800, giving a pixel density for the two tablets of 170 and 215 ppi, respectively.
It’s not all bad news: there’s a rear camera, which the Nexus 7 lacks, and the always-important option for microSD expansion. At $170, though, it’s still a tough call, and the HP name might not be enough to sell it. Should the Slate 7 ever drift down into the sub-$150 range, it’s going to start looking quite a bit more attractive.