HP recently released a iPad Mini with Retina look-alike with its HP 8 tablet.
The new device closely resembles Apple's smaller slate and features a price tag that is significantly cheaper than the iPad mini at $170. Apple's device normally starts at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model.
Aside from the exterior design, does HP's tablet compare to Apple's when it comes to specs? Here is a brief comparison of the two.
The iPad Mini comes with a 7.9-inch Retina display with 2048 x 1536 resolution at 326ppi. This is one of the finest displays found in the tablet market and sets Apple's slate ahead of the pack. The HP 8 is slightly less impressive packing a 7.85-inch IPS display with 1024x768 resolution. This is a significantly worse picture on the HP device. It's pretty tough to compete with Apple in this department as the company has made a name for itself with its retina screens.
The HP 8 is no slouch when it comes to speed. The device packs a quad-core ARM chip with 1GB RAM. This is a pretty solid setup that should help the slate to avoid lagging. The iPad Mini comes with an A7 chip with 64-bit architecture. This makes Apple's tablet one of the fastest in the market as it is one of the first 64-bit models to be available. This is another area where Apple's hard to beat. Both devices probably run well, but Apple clearly has the advantage.
Not much else is known about the HP 8 at this time. The iPad Mini with Retina has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front shooter. It also has M7 motion coprocessor technology that caters to the fitness and health market. HP's device just seems to be a bare bones model that undercuts most of its competitors in the price department.
The iPad Mini with retina is one of the finest tablets on the market making it tough to compete with. The HP 8 is a basic low-end slate that can get the job done without customers having to pay an arm and a leg for it. At $170, it's a pretty good bargain. The iPad Mini is pretty expensive in comparison to other devices in that market. However, Apple definitely lives up to its end by providing customers with top-of-the-line specs.