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HP recently announced that they will out a 7-inch Android tablet featuring “Field Fringe Switching”, which allows for better viewing angles—even in direct sunlight—compared to conventional displays.

The HP Slate 7 is, as the name suggests, a 7-inch tablet with a display resolution of 1024×600.  With this particular tablet, HP isn’t focusing on raw power—rather, the Slate 7 is basically just another low-end Android slate bearing the HP logo.  Slated for launch in April, the Slate 7 will feature a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 clocked at 1.6GHz, 8GB of ROM, and Android Jelly Bean 4.1 to turn the gears. 

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Of course, the only bright spot on HP’s Slate 7 is that it’ll come with a microSD slot for storage expandability.  HP’s budget slate won’t burn a hole in people’s pocket as it is going to be priced at $169, but even at that price the Slate 7 will have a hard time competing with more powerful devices like Amazon’s Kindle and Google’s Nexus 7.