After timidly dipping its toes in the Android sea with the somewhat underwhelming Slate 7, the Palo Alto-based PC manufacturer has decided to considerably up the ante, both from a qualitative and quantitative standpoint.
Without further ado, I give you the Slate 7 Extreme, Slate 8 Pro , Slate 7 HD and 10 HD. Kind of confusing names, I know, but I also know you’ll likely remember the 7 Extreme and 8 Pro for time to come.
The former is technically not manufactured by HP, being instead nothing else than a rebranded Nvidia Tegra Note, though that doesn’t make the thing any less exciting. Set to cost a modest $199, the 7-incher will come with stylus support, quad-core Tegra 4 power, 1 GB RAM, 16 and 32 GB storage options, plus microSD support. And Android Jelly Bean (4.2 or 4.3, not sure yet).
Meanwhile, the Slate 8 Pro raises the bar in every way (including price, I presume), rocking a larger and crisper 7.9-inch 1,600 x 1,200 pixels resolution panel and an outward appearance that breathes sturdiness and elegance.
As for the Slate 7 HD and 10 HD, they don’t have official price points attached to their names, being scheduled, like all other family members, to land “sometime in November”. Also running on Android (4.2), the two sport fairly modest screens (1,280 x 800) and swap Nvidia’s high-power Tegra 4 CPUs for more economically sensible Marvell chips.
But HP hasn’t abandoned the Windows camp either, also bringing to light the Omni 10. This 10-inch slate will run Win 8.1 upon launch (likely to go down in November too), plus take advantage of Intel Bay Trail’s “juice” and ability to go easy on batteries.
The biggest selling point however is the top-notch 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution panel, with 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, an 8 MP rear camera and micro HDMI connectivity just sweetening the deal further. Too bad it’ll surely be pricey, eh?