Feb 25th, 2013

Instead of taking webOS and doing something special with it, HP decided to ditch it (word is LG will pick it up for its TV business) and go with Android, it seems. The Palo Alto computer manufacturer has announced the HP Slate 7, an Android 4.1 tablet which is set to launch as an affordable option for those who don’t need a ton of bells and whistles. It’s a 7-inch device that has 1024×600 resolution, a 1.6GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, 8GB of internal storage, a 3 megapixel camera o the rear with a VGA front camera, and more.

Jelly Bean will be a near-stock experience, too, as HP apparently didn’t want to muck things up too much. Some might conclude HP doesn’t have the know-how to do much with Android yet, but we obviously don’t know that to be true. Whatever the case may be, we certainly won’t be complaining.

The Slate 7 will come to the United States for just $170, making it a attractive option for those who aren’t interested in spending an arm and a leg. It may be inexpensive, but HP promises it isn’t cheap. The company exclaims you won’t find another tablet in this range with the same build quality. We’ll be testing their claims for ourselves once we get a chance to go hands-on in the coming hours.

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