It seems there’s sensible profit to be had in the budget segment of the tablet market, as HP has released yet its cheapest tablet yet. The new HP 7 Plus sells for only $99.99 and is “big on performance, slim in style.”
You may think you’ve seen the HP 7 Plus before, because its outward appearance is quite similar to the HP 8 announced in March. Some of its other features are the same as well: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a Cortex A7-based processor, 1GB of RAM, and a basic camera duo.
But in order for HP to lower the price to just $99 (from the HP 8’s $170), compromises have obviously been made for the HP 7 Plus. For instance, the screen is smaller (though its pixel density is slightly higher), the internal storage is now 8GB, and the battery capacity is reduced to 2800mAh. HP promises only up to 5 hours and 30 minutes of usage for this device.
HP 7 Plus Specs
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- 7-inch IPS LCD (600×1024 WSVGA), ~170ppi
- 1GHz quad-core Allwinner A31 (ARM Cortex A7) processor
- PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage
- microSD support
- 2-megapixel main camera
- 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Dimensions: 193 x 122 x 8.1mm
- Weight: 295g
- Li-Po 2800mAh battery
Other specs include microSD expansion, accelerometer, HP apps for file syncing and management, and a mono speaker. Available in silver finish, the HP 7 Plus also offers 25GB of lifetime cloud storage from Box. There’s also Kingsoft Office preinstalled to access, edit, and share documents.
Once again, the price for this budget tablet is just $99.99 in the US. There’s no word of international availability at the moment. If you find the specs of the HP 7 Plus to be underwhelming to your taste, HP also offers the Slate 7 HD and Slate 7 Extreme.