Tablets and smartphones are getting cheaper and cheaper, as interest in these devices is rising in emerging markets. To bank on the trend, HP has announced the HP 7 Plus tablet, which is part of the company’s lineup for 2014, so we should expect more similar cheap devices to make their way onto the market. So, taking into account the fact that it costs only $100, you shouldn’t expect it to come with impressive specs, but from the looks of it, it’s quite a decent device.
First of all, you need to know that there’s another, different tablet which HP has launched back in 2014 – the HP Slate 7 Plus. That one had a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and a 5 megapixel rear camera and much better specs, and a bigger price, of course. The 2014 HP 7 Plus comes with an Allwinner A31 quad-core SoC running at 1.0 GHz on every core; there’s also 1GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage expendable up to 32 GB with the microSD card slot. There’s also a front-facing camera of 0.3 megapixel and a rear camera of 2 megapixels only. The display is a 7-inch IPS screen with a 1024×600 pixel resolution.
It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and there’s a 2800 mAh Li-Po battery which should provide up to 5 hours and 30 minutes of battery life. The HP 7 Plus weighs 294 grams and has the following dimensions – 7.58 x 4.8 x 0.32 inch. It’s WiFi only, but 802.11b/g/n also Miracast compatible. On the ports side, it comes with one micro USB 2.0, one integrated microphone and a headphone port. The tablet is available only in silver color and comes with HP ePrint, HP Connected Photo powered by Snapfish and HP File Manager apps, as well as 25 free GB of cloud storage from Box (lifetime and not per year).
Considering that HP is selling the tablet for only $100, this is one of the best deals we’ve seen in a while aimed at those looking to own their first tablet with as little money as possible.