Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED.
Let an ISACA® certification
elevate your career.

Register today and save
Mobile Tech
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
HP Dips a Toe Back Into Tablet Market with Slate 7

HP Dips a Toe Back Into Tablet Market with Slate 7
By Jennifer LeClaire

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

Analyst Carl Howe said HP was relying on two things to differentiate the Slate 7: a low price and the HP logo. "However, that low price simply matches that of the competing Amazon Kindle Fire 7-inch, and the display is fairly low-end," Howe said. "As for the HP logo, HP really is a PC brand, not a post-PC one, and as such, I don't see it generating much demand."
 


Hewlett-Packard has taken a step back into the tablet market with the HP Slate 7. The device, which offers a similar brand name as a previous failed model, is hoped to find an audience in the consumer market with Android Jelly Bean and Google Mobile services.

The new Slate offers a 7-inch diagonal screen and weighs 13 ounces. The body uses a black stainless-steel frame. HP is aggressively pricing the tablet at $169 and billing it as an "ideal personal companion," with consumer features like Beats Audio.

Alberto Torres, senior vice president of HP's Mobility Global Business unit, said HP planned more in the mobile market, largely abandoned after the failure of its webOS-based TouchPad tablets.

"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," Torres said.

Inside the Slate 7

Torres said the Slate 7, introduced at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, is a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, pointing out that the $169 price competes with Amazon's Kindle Fire.

Other than the Beats Audio, though, it's not clear how much different the new HP Slate is from other Android tablets. Most offer the same Google experiences like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multi-person video chat, as well as access to apps and digital content through Google Play.

And specs-wise, the Slate 7 seems on par with but hardly crushing the competition. The tablet is powered by an ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor. Integrated wireless allows customers to access e-mail, the Internet and applications. The high-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) panel offers wide viewing angles that work to make it easier to view documents, games, photos and videos -- even in outdoor lighting conditions.

The Slate 7 includes a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for chatting, videos and photos.

HP also offer ePrint, which lets you print from your tablet from most apps. And a micro USB port lets you transfer files. The tablet comes pre-installed with a suite of applications, including exclusive games and productivity tools.

A Respectable Effort

Carl Howe, vice president of Research and Data Sciences at Yankee Group, told us HP was relying on two things to differentiate its tablet: a low price and the HP logo.

"However, that low price simply matches that of the competing Amazon Kindle Fire 7-inch, and the display is fairly low-end compared to other 7-inch tablets such as the Google/Asus Nexus 7. As for the HP logo, HP really is a PC brand, not a post-PC one, and as such, I don't see it generating much demand on its own," Howe said.

"While HP's effort is respectable for a branded tablet, sub-$100 no-brand tablets at the low end and the iPad mini and Google Nexus 7 at the high end don't leave HP with much of a niche to thrive in. I'm skeptical HP will sell many except to those buyers who are dedicated HP fans."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Mobile Tech
1.   HTC One M8 Windows Phone Unveiled
2.   Verizon Tops in Mobile Networks
3.   Sprint Out with Data Guns Blazing
4.   Best Buy Leaks Moto 360 Watch Info
5.   Google Buys Contextual Image Startup


advertisement
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
Users: stick to apps from Google Play.
Average Rating:
Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
Lithium anode could triple capacity.
Average Rating:
HTC One M8 Windows Phone Unveiled
Can be POS device for small business.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 
Premier FBI Cybersquad in U.S. To Add Agents
After helping prosecutors charge Chinese army officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring, the premier FBI cyber-squad is getting a boost.
 
Apple Opens iCloud Data Center in China
Treading lightly, Apple acknowledged it has started to store encrypted iCloud personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, operated by the state-owned China Telecom.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees in Restructuring Plan
Faced with declining profits, Cisco is laying off up to 6,000 employees in the months ahead -- a whopping 8 percent of its global workforce. That's in addition to the 4,000 jobs Cisco cut last year.
 
Web Slows, Have Internet Routers Reached The Limit?
If you encountered problems connecting to the Internet on August 12, you weren't alone. Networking experts blame the wide-scale slowdown on outdated routing systems that are reaching their limits.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
Verizon Earns Top Rating in Mobile Network Comparison
A new report says Verizon Wireless was the top-performing U.S. cellphone service provider in the first half of 2014, on a nationwide and state-by-state basis, as well as in metro areas.
 
Sprint Comes Out with Data Guns Blazing
As its new CEO promised, Sprint has rolled out a new aggressively competitive price plan. The shared data plans promise twice the high-speed data and at lower prices than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.