HP Slate 7 Tablet Launches in US as Nexus 7 Competitor

The HP Slate 7 tablet was finally released in the U.S. this month.

The Google Nexus 7 competitor is priced at $169 undercutting the opposing Android tablet. It features a screen of the same size and some impressive specs including Android 4.1, JellyBean, a 7-inch 1024x600 display, a dual-core 1.6GHz ARM A9 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, VGA quality front camera, and a 3 megapixel rear camera.

The device also comes with a microSD card slot and Beats Audio. This gives the HP tablet a bit of an advantage in the sound department.

The Google Nexus 7 features similar specs including a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processer, 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 1.2 megapixel front camera and Android 4.2, JellyBean. It does not feature a rear camera, but it does have double the internal storage as the new HP Slate. Its display has better resolution and it also comes with a more powerful processor.

HP's first tablet, the TouchPad, was powered by WebOS and got off to an extremely slow start, making the company pull it off the shelves and start from scratch with a different OS. New software could give an HP tablet more appeal as the company has a good reputation for creating hardware.

HP is also working on an Android tablet that will feature Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor. The chip was announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

ReadWrite.com reported in Feb. that its sources have confirmed that HP will introduce this new high-end tablet before November of this year. The Nvidia Tegra 4 features some impressive specs, but has not shown up on that many devices.

Sources also recently revealed that HP is planning to release a smartphone that runs Android OS. However, the company's CEO Meg Whitman stated that HP will not be releasing one this year. Rumors first circulated in 2011 point to HP releasing devices running Android. HP's last semi-successful smartphone was the Palm Pre 2.