Pics: Deepika Padukone launches HP quad-core Slate 7 and Slate 6 for India
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The Slate 7 is basically a tablet with support for dual-sim and features a 7-inch IPS display. The display has a 1280 x 800 pixels display resolution and runs the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. This quad-core tablet (like the Slate 6) has 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. Expandable memory is 32 GB and HP also offers 25 GB could storage. There will be 5 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera. This tablet weighs a bit heavy at 325 grams.
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Slate 6 takes power from a 3000 mAh battery and the Slate 7 is powered by a 4100 mAh battery.
The Slate 6 VoiceTab is priced at Rs. 22990 and is available at the online store of HP here. The Slate 7 has been priced at Rs. 16990 and is yet to come to store.
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The Slate 6 feels and looks like a phone, and it should since it’s basically a phone when it comes to its size, but has been packed with features that a tablet sports. However, you can do everything you can do on a phone with this tablet. “With the Slate 6, you don’t have to make that sacrifice. Use it just as a phone and you would be quite happy”, says Indian Express in its initial review.
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Times of India however points out that the tablet is a bit a slow in its performance. This is what the reviewer says- “HP is using the stock version of Android in Slate 6. This is a good thing. Unfortunately, it looks like HP just didn't optimize the OS at all for the device. The user interface on Slate 6 has noticeable lag. This lag is visible while scrolling through the list of home page, or during multitasking. Also, apps take a few extra milliseconds to open. And so does the keyboard when you click in a text field.”
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Indian Express review further says “use the Full HD screen for gaming or to watch a HD video, you won’t be disappointed with the graphics quality or the overall experience. Plus, it has two front firing speakers that are never seen in tablets.” The Times of India review however agrees that the tablet is good when it comes to handling games. “Slate 6 can handle casual games like Angry Birds Go with ease,” it says.
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At a price of Rs 16990 the Slate 7 will compete with tablets like Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 that is priced at almost the same price point, Asus Fonepad 7 and Lenovo IdeaPad which is available at below Rs 15000. If you are looking for a 7-inch tablet with pure Android OS, you can look at the Nexus 7 2012 that also comes with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS out-of-the-box.
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At a price of Rs. 22990 for the 6-inch phablet-like Slate 6, this HP tablet will compete with Galaxy Grand 2 and other 6-inchers to some extent. But the tablet as the company calls it (we believe it would have been better to launch it as a phablet).
We are waiting to see how HP performs in this segment.