HP Announces $169 Tablet Powered By Android OS

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Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) formally joined the competition in the tablet market after revealing the HP 7 Slate, an affordable tablet powered by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android Jelly Bean operating system, during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

HP Announces $169 Tablet Powered By Android OS

The company is offering the HP Slate 7 to consumers for only $169.

The HP Slate 7 is equipped with 7-inch display and weighs 13 ounces. It has 3-megapixel camera on the back and VGA camera in front that would allow users to take photos, videos, and chat. According to the largest computer and electronics manufacturer, the tablet features a stainless-steel frame with Beats Audio offering the best sound, and available in gray and red colors.

Powered by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s platform, the HP Slate 7 allows users to experience the services offered by the search engine giant including Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Plus , Google Play, and of course the Google Search.

The HP Slate 7 is powered by ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor for easy and fast computing. It is also equipped with High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) pane and a wide viewing angle that enables users to view documents, games, photos, and videos even under outdoor lighting conditions.

Furthermore, the device is integrated with the Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) ePrint application, which enables users to print directly from most applications. The HP Slate 7 has a micro USB port that allows users to transfer their files easily. It is also integrated with a suite of applications including games and productivity tools the company.

In a statement, Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit of Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) said, “To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems. Our new HP Slate7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, while our ground-breaking, business-ready HP ElitePad on Windows(R) 8 is ideal for enterprises and governments. Both deliver the service and support people expect from HP.”

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) hired Torres from Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) to head its Mobility Global Business Unit, which was created by the company in September last year.

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The company said the HP Slate 7 will be available in the United States in April.

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