HP Unveils Android Tablet

At this year's Mobile World Congress HP launched its HP Slate7, an Android Jelly Bean tablet with a 7-inch diagonal screen.

Weighing 13 ounces and featuring a stainless-steel frame and soft black paint in gray or red, the tablet has embedded Beats Audio and access to Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Play and Google+ Hangouts for multi-person video chat. The product has 8GB of on-board storage and a micro SD expandable card slot.

Powered by an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, the tablet has integrated wireless and a 1024 by 600 High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel which offers wide viewing angles. In addition, a 3-megapixel camera is on the back with a VGA camera on the front for chatting, videos and photos. A micro USB port allows for the transfer of files.

The HP Slate7 joins the recently introduced HP Chromebook as part of the company's push to offer access to the Google experience.

"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP. The unit was established in September 2012. Torres joined HP from Nokia, where he was executive vice president and oversaw the MeeGo products and platform.

The HP Slate7 is expected to be available in the United States in April with a starting price of $169.

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