HP announces four new Android tablets (including an iPad Mini wannabe)


HP Slate8 Pro Tablet, Snow White with Android Screen, Front

HP has announced the addition of four new Android tablets to their growing lineup. They have a little bit of everything for everyone here, even those who are looking for an Android tablet that is almost the same size (including aspect ratio) as the iPad Mini. That particular tablet is the HP Slate 8 Pro, a 7.98-inch device that houses NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 chipset, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front camera and more. That 7.98-inch display pushes 1,600 x 1,200 pixels, so it’s even a bit better than the iPad Mini in that regard. You’ll also be able to find micro-HDMI out and a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

The next two tablets are like two peas within the same tablet-y pod. One is the Slate 7 HD, while the other is the Slate 10 HD. Both devices houses similar specs, with a dual-core processor of unknown make and model, 1,280 x 800 resolution and more. The screen sizes are noted by their names, natch, so no surprises there.

It sounds like these two are aimed for the market that don’t want to pay more than $200 – $300 for a tablet, though we’ll have to wait on official pricing information from HP to see if that’s what they’re thinking.

Finally, the HP Slate 7 Extreme is another Tegra 4 device. Its 7-inch display has 1,280 x 800 resolution and it has 16GB of internal storage, and with the stylus it ships with it sounds an awful lot like the NVIDIA Tegra Note reference platform we were made knowledgeable about yesterday.

HP Slate7 Extreme Advanced Cover with Android screen, Profile

NVIDIA says tablets derived from that reference platform have the ability of being as cheap as $200, though HP isn’t going to let us in on the price just yet. If it is indeed part of the line, this tablet also might house a 5 megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, 16GB of internal storage and more. Do not take that as gospel, though: we’ll be looking to confirm the exact specs in the moments to come.

HP’s four-pronged attack here seems a bit much, but it looks like they’re trying to hit on a lot of different points and form factors while still keeping options affordable across the board. What do you think of these?

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I’m curious to see the pricing on the 7.98″ tablet. If they price it between $250-300, they could have a winner on their hands.

  2. I would buy this but the bezel is too small.

    1. I like near zero bezel. Seems to be evenly split on bezel preference. Would like to see a tablet maker put out a near zero bezel tablet that has solid snap on frames. Aftermarket could come out with various sizes.

      1. I was kidding. it’s huge on this device and that’s not too pretty.

  3. Wait… these have been out since this morning? I’m camping out in front of Best Buy tomorrow! Fire sale begins right after the “Discontinued” notice!!!

  4. One other series of Android models to launch this week that use Intel’s new processor offer impressive performance for mid-range devices that outperform many tablets with quad core processors.

    Ramos Technology has partnered with Intel to introduce the i-Series with 8″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ models — all with very competitive pricing ($199-$299) and all featuring HD displays and GPS –

    Intel’s processor with Hyper-Threading technology runs four threads simultaneously and outscores many mainstream quad-core tablets in benchmark testing–

    The most compact model is the Ramos i-8 ($199) and is the world’s thinnest 8″ tablet — featuring a 7.9-inch HD screen and aluminum-nickel frame for a sleek design; similar in size to the mini iPad — and is easy to carry and almost as compact as a 7″ tablet, but with 40% more screen space, which makes viewing tablet content much easier –- and the new Ramos i-8 matches most features of the Nexus 7, including GPS – plus MicroSD storage.

    One of the first to feature the Ramos i-Series – -Tab l e t Sp r i nt–

    1. I’m seeing these advertising comments for the Ramos tablets with “T a b l e t Sp r i nt” at the end all over the place. How much are they paying you to do this?

      As for the Ramos tablets themselves, they’re cheap Chinese crap with crappy Clover Trail processors with GPUs that have no open source support. You’d have to an idiot to buy these.

      1. Tegra’s have no open source support either. I’ll never buy anything with one of their chips in it.

  5. I like the look of the Slate 8 Pro, but they better not put a microscopic battery in it like they did in the recently released Slatebook 10″ which was 3375 mAh and even too small for an average 7″ tablet. If they did, it is not even worth a look.

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      Intel’s processor with Hyper-Threading technology runs four threads simultaneously and outscores many mainstream quad-core tablets in benchmark testing–

  6. Once again, all wide screen. There’s no point in a wide screen tablet above 7″. It’s just awkward. I want a 4:3 8.5″ tablet… why can’t I get that, manufacturers? PA Tech’s doesn’t count, because it’s slow.

    1. Read again. The “8 Pro” is 4:3.

  7. Hopefully these are better quality (durable) than ASUS’ Memo Pad HD. And according to CNET, the Slate HD tabs have 16GB & 32GB of storage, in this regard they automatically beat Samaung’s tablets.

    If the prices for the Slate HD’s are under $250 (7″) and $350 (10″), then I’m buying them immediately.

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