HP is about to release the new 10.1-inch Android 4.4 tablet HP Slate 10 Plus (3700) which is a 4G LTE tablet that comes with HP’s free monthly data plan.
The name is very similar to the Full HD tablet HP 10 Plus which is already taking orders, but the HP Slate 10 Plus tablet we’re looking at here is a little bit different from its cousin.
HP Slate 10 Plus (3700) 4G LTE 16GB will cost a little more since it has 4G LTE connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi. The specifications are Android 4.4.2 KitKat, a 10.1-inch IPS screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, a Huawei HiSilicon Balong processor, and 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM.
Additional specs are 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Miracast support, and Bluetooth 4.0 on the connectivity side. It has microSD card support up to 32GB, micro-USB 2.0, stereo speakers, and a 0.3MP front camera and a 3MP 720p camera on the back.
The weight is 640 gram while the battery life is the same 6 hours as the HP 10 Plus, which I would consider a major flaw. But, it does come with HP’s free data plan, who’s availability depends on the country or region you buy it in. Essentially it gives you 250MB free cellular data connectivity from HP every month, or rather from one of HP’s wireless partners in that country or region. The free data plan lasts for 2 years, so that offer in itself is okay.
On average that’s a little over 8MB pr. day, which won’t last too long when web browsing, but it should be more than adequate for most daily email communications, even when there’s a few images included.
Release of the HP Slate 10 Plus (3700) is beginning in Europe at the end of July, and it should be available in the US very soon too, in the $299 to $349 price range.
– Tom Bowen