We don’t know if major OEMs have a secret pact between them or something, but one thing’s for sure – this year, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, they are completely ignoring the 10 inch tablets. Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 and now it’s HP’s turn to win customers with the Slate 7. We go hands-on with this affordable, yet nicely crafted piece of gadgetry.

Before jumping to pictures and videos, which is what most people are interested in, let’s see what Slate 7 comes with. Two things are very important – it’s affordable and it comes soon on the market. The starting price will be $169 and the releasing month is April. HP Slate 7 is actually a big deal from one point of view – it’s Hewlett-Packard’s first Android product, so this means HP is back in the mobile race, ready to join Google’s army of Android adopters. HP has also announced that they will be building much more tablets and smartphones, so this is just the beginning.

HP Slate 7: Looks and Specs

Have a look at the pictures above and video below, but only after you see what exactly HP’s comeback in the mobile means:

  • 1.6 Ghz ARM Cortex A9 chip
  • 1024 x 600 resolution FFS+ LCD touchscreen display
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 8GB of solid state storage (expandable via microSD)
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • one front-facing VGA webcam and a 3-megapixel rear one
  • stereo speakers, with Beats Audio
  • battery should last for five hours of video playback.

If we go by the assumption that tablets are already being considered computers, then Apple is the most powerful riser here, thanks to the iPad. HP is still the leading vendor in PC sales, though, but they want their crown to stay safe. They learned from their mistake with the TouchPad and they are ready to shake arms with the little green robot. Alberto Torres, SVP at HP:

We’re targeting the consumer who really wants an entertainment solution. We’re far more competitive, but it won’t be competitive with something that’s $300 today.On the tablet side, it’s entirely our intent to have a broad set of products on the market… to cover more segments of the market we’ll need more products, and you’ll see us aggressively pursue that over the year.

This is just good news for consumers (and terrific for Google): more players in the Android “consortium” means more innovation. More innovation coming from Android will subsequently force Apple to make major changes. Meanwhile, let’s see the HP Slate 7 in action.

Hands-on with HP Slate 7

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