04 March 2013

HP enters tablet market with Slate

The rumored HP entry into the tablet market is now a reality. HP Slate was announced during MWC 2013. The price ? $169. Availability ? April 2013.

The Slate will run a 1.6-GHz, dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There's 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA camera on the front. HP also touted the embedded Beats Audio and the HP ePrint app for home and on-the-go printing. A micro USB port allows for the transfer of files. 
HP is offering a two-year HP Care Pack warranty for $29 or a two-year HP Care Pack with Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) for $49. 
Source: PC Magazine
It is pretty standard features on the hardware side. The top selling point however, is its printing capability. Unfortunately it is still untested. As noted in another PC Magazine article:
The tablet's most impressive feature was one I wasn't able to use. (Isn't that always the way?) It prints. 
This isn't just HP's downloadable ePrint app. According to HP's senior vice president of mobile, Alberto Torres, printing is plumbed into the OS so you can print from a range of different applications. You'll be able to print via Wi-Fi or, even more excitingly, by plugging your tablet directly into a printer with a USB cable. 
"We know that one of the pain points from users in the mobile world is the ability to print," Torres said. "That's something we're definitely going to be addressing in a lot of ways." 
Torres didn't have details on which printers could be plugged directly into the tablet, but said it wouldn't just be HP models. A list of supported printers will be available soon, he said, and other future HP tablets would share these capabilities.
Source: PC Magazine 
We will have to wait until April to see if the print capability lives up to expectations.

Image Credit : HP

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