HP 7 G2 Launched

HP is upgrading its line of budget tablets, and that includes a revamped HP 7 G2, but at least this tablet is more interesting than the slightly larger HP 8 G2.
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Let's begin with the price since this is a budget tablet. In Europe the price is between €110 and €90, and just like the current HP 7 Plus was launched for $99, the 7 G2 has a price of $99 as well.

Either way the specs for this 7-inch Android 4.4.2 KitKat tablet begins with a quad-core 1.2GHz Allwinner A33 processor, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM (1333MHZ), and 8GB storage with 32GB microSD support.

The 7-inch screen is actually brought to life by a 1280 x 720 resolution IPS display. The 1280 x 720 resolution is a novelty to 7-inch tablets. 7-inch entry tablets usually either run 1280 x 800 or 1024 x 600 resolution displays.

Other things found on the HP 7 G2 tablet are a 0.3MP front camera and a 2MP rear camera, mono speakers, GPS, a micro-USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, LE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Do you want to guess how long the battery lasts on this tablet? Well the answer to that is 5 1/2 hours says HP. The last time a tablet was launched with that kind of battery capacity was when, well the HP 7 Plus was launched.

Perhaps that's why it's so amazingly light, with a weight of only 256 gram, which actually makes it one of the top 5 lightest tablets at the moment.

But still, the battery capacity on the HP 7 G2 is what ruins it. So as a $99 budget tablet competitor the Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730) would make a far better choice. And for $29 more, the new Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME176) is within reach, and that's a tablet that has better specifications and more features too.

– Jim Miller