MWC 2013: HP Slate 7 tablet ditches webOS for Android

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hp-slate-7-top.jpgFollowing the failure of the HP TouchPad, HP are ditching their webOS operating system in favour of Android for their new HP Slate 7 tablet, revealed at this week’s MWC 2013 conference.

A 7-inch tablet, its display runs at 1024×600 resolution, powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor and backed by 1GB of RAM.

8GB of storage is built in, while you’ll also find Beats Audio integration, a 3MP rear-facing camera and a VGA front camera.

Android Jelly Bean is the OS of choice, with all the usual Google services such as Now, Search and more baked in. It seems to be a pretty pure build of Android on show with little in the way of HP’s own tweaks offered, other than a pre-installed HP ePrint app for connecting to the company’s printers.

Launching in April in the US, perhaps its most powerful feature is its price. Expected to land at at just $169 (£112) in both red and grey shades, it could give cut-price Android tablets such as the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD a run for their money.

Gerald Lynch