Specs summary

Screen
7"

The HP Slate 7's screen is 7 inches with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A9 Dual core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3500mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3500 mAh battery.


Reviews summary

6.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good

  • Low price makes it a good choice for the kids

What's bad

  • Very poor display
  • Short battery life
  • Bad camera

It's tough for a PC vendor to transition to the tablet business. At the low end, they need to compete against the Kindle Fire, which is supported by Amazon's store, and the Google Nexus 7. The new HP Slate 7 is HP's first attempt at an Android based device and they chose to go for the low end.

At $170, "affordable" is its main strength, but reviewers concluded that they shaved off too much build quality and features in their effort to hit that price.

Some reviewers recommended it for kids or very undemanding users and recommended that shoppers consider shelling out the extra $30 for the Google Nexus 7.


Reviews (6.3/10 Avg. rating)


PC Pro

HP has crafted a solid, attractive tablet for a superb price

from PC Pro

Given the attractive hardware and the low price, we'll admit that HP's Slate 7 had us excited. Unfortunately, HP has had to cut too many corners to whittle the price down. With rival devices putting in a far more competent all-round performance, we'd advise you to look elsewhere.

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Given the attractive hardware and the low price, we'll admit that HP's Slate 7 had us excited. Unfortunately, HP has had to cut too many corners to whittle the price down. With rival devices putting in a far more competent all-round performance, we'd advise you to look elsewhere.

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Expert Reviews

HP aims low with its first Android tablet, yet still falls short of the mark

from Expert Reviews

HP's first Android tablet is a basic, no-frills device. Features such as Beats audio aren't enough to make us recommend it over the Nexus 7, which runs a newer version of Android, has a faster processor and will receive software updates sooner. The Nexus 7 also has a higher resolution display. Ho...More

HP's first Android tablet is a basic, no-frills device. Features such as Beats audio aren't enough to make us recommend it over the Nexus 7, which runs a newer version of Android, has a faster processor and will receive software updates sooner. The Nexus 7 also has a higher resolution display. However, its one saving grace is its price. It’s cheaper than a Nexus 7, though, and its MicroSD slot lets you increase its storage capacity to 40GB. If you have a large number of music and video files, and want a budget tablet that on which to play them, the Slate 7 could be for you.

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Good E-Reader

It lacks any compelling factors to make it stand out in a crowded marketplace

from Good E-Reader

In the end, this is a woefully average tablet with nothing of note to write home about. Most people might say, Beats Audio, sign me up! Unfortunately, it is relegated to only being available for super expensive headphones, which defeats the purchase of buying a cheap tablet.

I would no...More

In the end, this is a woefully average tablet with nothing of note to write home about. Most people might say, Beats Audio, sign me up! Unfortunately, it is relegated to only being available for super expensive headphones, which defeats the purchase of buying a cheap tablet.

I would not recommend this device, as it lacks any compelling factors to make it stand out in a crowded marketplace. Sure, it has a vanilla Android experience, but so does half of them currently available. The only people that might be satisfied with the Slate 7 are first time tablet owners, who don’t know any better.

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Digital Trends

The Slate 7 doesn’t offer the best value in this price range

from Digital Trends

There aren’t many Android tablets under $200 worth your time. There’s a certain threshold to inexpensive slates – stay above it and value balances out with price and performance, dip below and you might as well have just flushed that money down a toilet. The HP Slate 7 is *just*...More

There aren’t many Android tablets under $200 worth your time. There’s a certain threshold to inexpensive slates – stay above it and value balances out with price and performance, dip below and you might as well have just flushed that money down a toilet. The HP Slate 7 is *just* on the wrong side of that threshold because of its display. It’s one of the most important elements of a tablet. When the screen isn’t any good, even decent performance and good audio can’t save the device. This isn’t some cheap tablet that’s going to crap out on you three months after buying it. It’s just never going to give you a great experience.

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Android Community

This tablet is mediocre and okay at best

from Android Community

HP made no attempts to offer a really good product. This tablet is mediocre and okay at best. They didn’t attempt to smooth the edges, the battery could have easily been bigger, or at least make the slate thin if you’ll use such a small battery. Then of course that horrid display. HP...More

HP made no attempts to offer a really good product. This tablet is mediocre and okay at best. They didn’t attempt to smooth the edges, the battery could have easily been bigger, or at least make the slate thin if you’ll use such a small battery. Then of course that horrid display. HP should know better. The 1024 x 600 resolution display was a killer. In a time with 1080p becoming the norm, and 720p being mid-range. We’d have to make that categorize this as a low-end Android tablet.

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Android Authority

An affordable learning tool for your children

from Android Authority

I commend HP for putting themselves out there and offering a very affordable Android tablet. On the other hand, it's a disappointment to see that something so well constructed doesn't have much to show for it under the hood. On a positive note, perhaps the HP Slate 7 would prove to be an affordable learning tool for your children....

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I commend HP for putting themselves out there and offering a very affordable Android tablet. On the other hand, it's a disappointment to see that something so well constructed doesn't have much to show for it under the hood. On a positive note, perhaps the HP Slate 7 would prove to be an affordable learning tool for your children.

However, the fact that I had to think outside the box to justify the HP Slate 7 should tell you everything you need to know about it. Don't discount it though — it's worthy a try, especially in design, and I only hope it gets better from here on out.

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SlashGear

A good option for casual users who don’t need the greatest device, but want something just to play around on

from SlashGear

In the end, the HP Slate 7 is just an OK tablet, and it would be a good option for casual users who don’t need the greatest device, but want something just to play around on. It’s low $169 price tag is definitely something to keep in mind, but we’d really just recommend saving u...More

In the end, the HP Slate 7 is just an OK tablet, and it would be a good option for casual users who don’t need the greatest device, but want something just to play around on. It’s low $169 price tag is definitely something to keep in mind, but we’d really just recommend saving up only $30 more to buy the Nexus 7. It comes with all-around better performance, a better-looking display, and the latest version of Jelly Bean. If the price of the Slate 7 was lowered to around $149, we’d maybe consider it, but the Nexus 7’s extremely-attractive $199 price tag is just simply hard to beat at this point.

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TabletPCReview

A real bargain

from TabletPCReview

The HP Slate 7 fits the bill as an entry-level tablet. It's features and performance are average in every way. What makes it stand out is its low $170 pricetag. You can certainly get a better tablet than this one, but you won't get a better one for less money.

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The HP Slate 7 fits the bill as an entry-level tablet. It's features and performance are average in every way. What makes it stand out is its low $170 pricetag. You can certainly get a better tablet than this one, but you won't get a better one for less money.

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Laptop Magazine

Screen and performance trail those of even cheaper tablets

from Laptop Magazine

We like some aspects of the HP Slate 7, but we'd like the tablet a lot more if it cost less. On the plus side, this $169 device has a premium design, long battery life, a microSD Card expansion and Beats Audio. The Slate 7 also performs fairly well with its dual-core processor. However, the low 1...More

We like some aspects of the HP Slate 7, but we'd like the tablet a lot more if it cost less. On the plus side, this $169 device has a premium design, long battery life, a microSD Card expansion and Beats Audio. The Slate 7 also performs fairly well with its dual-core processor. However, the low 1024 x 600-pixel screen resolution pales in comparison to the 1280 x 800 display on the $149 Hisense Sero 7 Pro, which also boasts a speedier quad-core CPU.

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The Register

The HP Slate 7 seems to be put together quite well

from The Register

For all its good looks, the HP Slate 7 does seem a bit of a mixed bag. The Beats Audio treatment is impressive with both music and movies, but the tablet itself is not too happy with HD content. The 3Mp camera on the back is a bonus and OK for snaps but with video it's terrible. Given its weight...More

For all its good looks, the HP Slate 7 does seem a bit of a mixed bag. The Beats Audio treatment is impressive with both music and movies, but the tablet itself is not too happy with HD content. The 3Mp camera on the back is a bonus and OK for snaps but with video it's terrible. Given its weight you might expect something more than a 13.4Whr battery too although, luckily, you're not stuck with just 8GB of storage – the redeeming feature here is its micro SD slot. So there are pros and cons aplenty, but with 16GB 7in HD tablets around for the same price, the HP Slate 7 is not exactly an easy sell.

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Great for the price.

I bought this tablet,not thinking too much about it based on previous experience with Coby Kyros and Craig Midi. The HP pleasantly surprised me. It does work quiet well for me,browsing via wi fi is actually quite reasonable,camera is good , and not much to complain about. I've used an I pad as well,and...More
I bought this tablet,not thinking too much about it based on previous experience with Coby Kyros and Craig Midi. The HP pleasantly surprised me. It does work quiet well for me,browsing via wi fi is actually quite reasonable,camera is good , and not much to complain about. I've used an I pad as well,and found this one a bit more user friendly than the I pad. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date April 30, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Secondary OS No
Processor ARM Cortex-A9 Dual core 1.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 5 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Red, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.7 x 11.6 x 1.1 cm (7.8 x 4.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 372 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 600 x 1024 pixels
Pixel density 170 pixels
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HP Mesquite

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