HP’s only Andorid tablet, the affordable and simply named Slate, should be released in the US this month. HP’s official website says so. The Slate costs $169 in the US. But what about Europe?
Well, French retailer Rue Du Commerce is taking pre-orders for the HP Slate, asking €149 for it. It’s the only European retailer to list the new tablet – as far as we know. Unfortunately for those interested in the Slate here in Europe, it looks like it will only be available starting June 1. But it kind of makes sense for HP to launch it first in its home country, then in other markets.
Since it’s sold for such a low price, you can’t expect the HP Slate to offer high-end features. Still, it’s a decent tablet that comes with: stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 7 inch display (1024 x 600 pixels), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Beats Audio, HP ePrint app, 3MP rear camera with 720p video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 8GB of internal memory, and Micro SD card support (up to 32GB). The Slate has no cellular connectivity, weighs 372 grams, and measures 197.1 x 116.1 x 10.7 mm.
The HP Slate enters a market that’s clearly dominated by Google’s Asus-made Nexus 7. Will it be at least mildly successful? Let’s wait and see.