HP Reenters Tablet Market With $169 Android-Based 'Slate 7' as LG Acquires WebOS for TVs

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Two years ago, HP was viewed as potential major tablet competitor for Apple and the iPad, with the company's 2010 acquisition of Palm allowing it to debut its webOS-based TouchPad in early 2011. The TouchPad turned out to be a flop, however, until the company lowered pricing to $99 in order to clear out stock, and HP quickly decided to exit the smartphone and tablet markets and turn webOS into an open source project.

    HP is now jumping back into the tablet game, announcing yesterday an April U.S. launch for the HP Slate 7, an Android-based tablet carrying a $169 price tag.
    As noted by The Verge, HP's new Slate 7 is just the first of many tablet models set to launch this year, with HP recognizing that it needs to be in the rapidly growing tablet market if it wants to retake the lead from Apple in the increasingly combined PC/tablet market.
    HP's return to the tablet market with Android comes just as the company has agreed to sell webOS to LG, which plans to use the operating system for its smart televisions, as reported by CNET.
    LG remains focused on Android for its smartphones, but views webOS as a promising platform for television. According to an October report from webOS Nation, LG and Gram, HP's subsidiary set up to oversee webOS, had already been working together on the webOS television project, and it now appears solid enough that LG has decided to acquire webOS entirely.

    Article Link: HP Reenters Tablet Market With $169 Android-Based 'Slate 7' as LG Acquires WebOS for TVs
  2. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Better deal than the firesale touchpad?

    Probably not

    Sd card slot? Internal memory amount?
  3. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    Not bad! This means next year we could start seeing good quality 7" tablets for $99
  4. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    Houston, TX
    WRU detailed info... Res? Skin? Version?

    Stainless Steel?!? :confused:
  5. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    It took a lot of digging but I found these two stats of interest:

    1024 x 600 is the resolution
    8 GB is how much memory is built in for $169.

    It's running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) so it's at least one version old already (4.2 - Key Lime Pie has already been released.)
  6. caligomez macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2011
    San Juan, PR
    Looks like the race to the bottom is on..

    THey should've never left the tablet market in the first place (even if they would've substituted Android for Web OS).. They were early in the game, and now they are forced to buy market share with deep discounts.

    I think it's too little, too late.. but we'll see.
  7. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    At least enter the market with a competitive hardware. 1024x600 resolution, 8GB, and a dual-core processor with a $169 price tag? Come on, I would spend $30 more and get a Nexus 7.
  8. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    The most interesting thing about this tablet is the fact that it runs stock android with no skinning what so ever.
  9. AngelOfSoul macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2013
    The tablet is lame, but for the current price tag will definitely be a deal of the year.
  10. garybUK Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    What is with HP and HTC's obsession with Beats Audio... you've just turned off any potential buyers who want a half decent sounding tablet....
  11. shartypants macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2010
    Looks like too little too late. Why bother? It should be called S-Late.
  12. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    4.2 is also jellybean and i can see their point in using 4.1. Its a much more stable base at this point.
  13. extricated macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
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    AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    Amaze your friends during visiting hours at their jail!

  15. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Did Google change their naming plans? I thought 0.1 updates came with name changes and only 0.0.1 updates kept the same name...
  16. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Why not stay with Web OS hp!! they could compete with apple by offering vertical solution with software + hardware.
    lots of promising stuff when palm introduce the Web OS...
  17. bearda macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    Germantown, MD
    4.2 was deemed not a significant enough update to justify a name change. 4.1 and 4.2 are both Jelly Bean.
  18. Semester macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2011
    I've seen a lot of complaining about the resolution. But be aware. At 170 the PPI is better than on the iPad mini.
  19. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    My crystal ball is predicting these things will get inexpensive in the coming months. I'd like to see the tear down report on this one and see what the components cost, my bet is there is not a lot of profit at the $169 price point.
  20. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    Besides the low price, what does this offer? Sounds like HP just wants to have a tablet out there for the sake of it.
  21. thleeal macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2009

    .......................I like the price point.

    ya listenin apple?
  22. Hungry&Foolish Suspended

    Mar 29, 2012
  23. r4man macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2013
    "On the tablet side, it's entirely our intent to have a broad set of products on the market... to cover more segments of the market we'll need more products, and you'll see us aggressively pursue that over the year."

    Translation: "We have utterly nothing new to offer so we are going to throw a bunch of stuff out there with hopes of creating some market share."
  24. bearda macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    Germantown, MD
    They tried that before, and realized they sucked at it. They figured they would go the route of software vendor and license webOS out to other outfits that could develop hardware that didn't suck, and that went exactly nowhere. Then they tried giving the software away (openWebOS), and they still didn't have any takers. So now they're trying to developing their own hardware that runs someone else's software, and the result is exactly what everyone expected. Lackluster me-too products.

    HP is continuing to do what they do best. Burn through capital.


    PPI isn't everything. In terms of screen real estate it's pretty poor. The iPad mini has a physically larger display and can fit more stuff onscreen.

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