Remember the HP Slate 7? That under-whelming tablet that had absolutely no place in a world with tablets like the Google Nexus 7 FHD? Well, it seems like HP didn’t quite give up on the Slate 7, releasing an upgraded ‘Plus’ version that features some better hardware specifications. Is that enough to persuade buyers to get an HP tablet? Let’s find out.
One of the major qualms we had with the original Slate 7 was the bargain-basement display. 1024×600 for a 7 inch screen just doesn’t cut it anymore, especially since manufacturers are preparing to make the jump to QHD displays in the near future. Still, HP think we still want an old tablet’s display. The Slate 7 Plus features a 1280×800 resolution 7 inch display, exactly the same as you found on the original Nexus 7. It’s an acceptable display that’s going to get the job done. But don’t expect major eye candy from it. It’s a budget tablet’s display.
HP have also given the Slate 7 Plus some beefier internals. By beefier, we mean better than the Slate 7’s, and that’s not really saying much is it. The original had a feeble Rockwell processor, but the Plus has the same quad-core Tegra 3 processor found in the, you guessed it, the original Nexus 7. We’re getting a feeling HP are expecting to just clone Google’s success here. Pretty sure it’s not that simple. Anyways, the Plus also gets a gigabyte of RAM and 8 gigabytes of storage. That’s enough for your basic storage needs. Happily though, if you’d like to get more storage, there’s an expandable memory slot included as well, which should solve storage issues for most owners.
Unlike the original Slate 7, the Plus does have front and rear cameras. There’s also a beefy 4000mAh battery and the tablet runs on the old JellyBean 4.2 version of Android. Well so far, we’ve seen that the HP Slate 7 Plus is basically just a first gen Google Nexus 7 clone. What about the price then? At $149, it’s actually priced right with what new Nexus 7’s are fetching these days. And that’s not a good move by HP. If you’re going to sell a Nexus 7 clone, at least undercut the price. The 7 Plus is a fine budget tablet, and if you can get one on a discount price of around $120, it’s not a bad buy at all otherwise, there are better options out there.