HP releasing an affordable 299SGD Android tablet this holiday season - HP Slate 7 Extreme

Today at HP's product showcase event, our attention were captured by a new 7-inch Android tablet. The HP Slate 7 Extreme is one of the firsts Android tablet from HP. Collaborating with Nvidia, they manufactured a Tegra 4 based entertainment device that will be placed together with other top of the line Android tablets like the Nexus 7.

HP Slate 7 Extreme

In this industry, every device strives to find its place and differentiating factors in the market. We've seen some key interesting differences from the HP Slate 7 Extreme tablet that will probably attract many people.

Powerful and Affordable

Being equipped with the latest and greatest Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, the tablet is assured of its computing and gaming performance, providing users with the best possible user experience and smoothness on the device. This has to be coupled with the optimized Jelly Bean 4.2.2 Android Operating System for familiar operations by users. There could be possibilities of the OS to be updated to a later Android version in the near future. Even with all these goodness packed within a 7 inch package, this 16GB Wi-Fi version retails at only 299SGD, beating the Nexus 7 hands down in both affordability and processing capabilities.

Fingerprint proof back

Front facing speakers

The HP Slate 7 Extreme tablet is made to be an entertainment device with the various features that comes with it. The most obvious and welcomed feature of the tablet that speakers are placed at the front of the device, where sounds will be channeled directly to your ears. Other than the HP Slate 7 Extreme tablet, I don't think any current Android tablets has got their speakers placed this strategically for entertainment consumption. Moreover, the tablet is said to be built in with Nvidia ProAudio technology which improves the overall sound quality.
Front facing stereo speakers!


Instead of optimizing the MicroUSB MHL interface for video output, HP thought that the adoption of MHL interface via MicroUSB port could be too niche as users will need to buy an additional MHL converter. That is why they have chosen to go with a MicroHDMI port instead, which in fact transmit digital video signals just like any other HDMI cables. The MicroHDMI interface is getting more common, with the latest Surface and Surface 2 tablets as well as BlackBerry 10 smartphones utilizing them.

MicroUSB, MicroHDMI, 3.5mm

Additionally, the HP Slate Extreme tablet also comes with a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion. It supports an additional 64GB of external storage.

MicroSD Card slot

Stylus input - good for comic artists who wants to draw on the go 

There is a group of people in the market who are looking for tablets with stylus input. They are usually artists or users who want to pen down their thoughts using a pen instead of typing it with the android keyboard. The HP Slate 7 Extreme reaches out to these people with the inclusion of a stylus that is kept in the body of the device. We've tested out the sensitivity of the stylus, and we have to say that it works pretty well in determining the thickness of each input touch, but there are no pressure sensors to it. This means that if you are looking for a wacom alternative, this would not fit your bill. But for users who wants to doodle and draw with a pen, this works extremely well.

Built in stylus holder

The HP Slate 7 Extreme is said to come before Christmas, and will retail at 299SGD.  If you are looking for a Android tablet PC as a gift to someone, you would definitely want to consider this tablet! 

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