New tablet runs on Android Jelly Bean

MWC 2013: HP unveils the Slate 7

HP has taken the covers off its new Android consumer tablet – the HP Slate 7.

Running on Google’s Android Jelly Bean operating system, the new tablet is aimed at providing consumers with easy access to Google Mobile services at an affordable price.

With a seven-inch diagonal screen and weighing 368 grams, the HP Slate 7 features a stainless-steel frame and soft black paint in gray or red on the back. It is also the industry’s first tablet to come with embedded Beats Audio.

The HP Slate7 also delivers Google services such as Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multi-person video chat, as well as access to apps and digital content via Google Play.

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

And… wait for it… it’s slated to come out in April.

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