HP Slate 7

HP Slate 7
Brand: HP
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 7.0 inches, 600 x 1024 pixels
  • Chipset: 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Battery: 3620 mAh
  • Released Date: April 2013



Device Type Tablet
Model HP Slate 7
Released April, 2013
Status Discontinued


Dimensions 197.1 x 116.1 x 10.7 mm
Weight 372 g
Colors Black/Silver, Red


Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) FFS+ LCD
Size 7.0 inches
Resolution 600 x 1024 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. ~170 ppi
Features Ambient light sensor


Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. No SIM


CPU 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1 GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 8 GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes, stereo speakers
Audio Technology Beats Audio


Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 3620 mAh
Battery Life Up to 5 hours video playback
Charging AC adapter


Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 3 MP
Front Camera 0.3 MP
Video 720p, 30 fps
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) No


Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 2.1
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11 b/g/n
USB microUSB 2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. No
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.


User Reviews 1 User Reviews I checked out the HP Slate 7, a budget 7-inch Android tablet. Its industrial design looks attractive with a rubberized back and sturdy build quality exceeding the plastic Nexus 7.
- Android Authority
User Reviews 2 I thought the $30 savings the HP offers over the Nexus 7 wasn't worth the trade off in display quality. I experienced no issues with construction quality or gaps in my unit.
- DetroitBORG
User Reviews 3 We experienced stuttering and lag even during simple tasks like web browsing. The display quality is also quite poor - colors wash out at slight angles and pixels appear stretched due to the low 1024x600 resolution
- Engadget
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Attractive industrial design with rubberized back
- Sturdy build quality exceeding plastic Nexus 7
- Stock Android OS stays out of the way
- Low resolution 600x1024 LCD screen renders jagged images and text
- Everyday performance lags rivals despite decent specs
- Mediocre cameras

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

  • Performance 5 / 10
  • Display 3 / 10
  • Battery 7 / 10
  • Design 8 / 10

HP recently released the Slate 7, their budget-friendly re-entry into the Android tablet space after previous failures. The 7-inch slate aims to compete with the ultra-popular Nexus 7, but unfortunately falls short.

On the positive end, HP designed an eye-catching tablet. The Slate 7 boasts a sturdy build with rubberized back that feels great to grip. It exudes a more premium vibe than all-plastic rivals.

The slate also runs a clean Android 4.1 interface free of bloatware. Battery life clocks in at the advertised 5 hours for videos or music streaming.

However, HP cut too many corners on critical components. The 600 x 1024 resolution screen renders jagged images that pale in comparison to the rich, sharp visuals of the Nexus 7.

Text looks especially muddy and uneven. Viewing angles also disappoint as colors start washing out almost immediately when tilting the Slate 7.

Making matters worse, sluggish performance plagues the tablet despite its decent Cortex A9 processor and 1GB RAM. Simple tasks like launching apps or scrolling web pages in Chrome stutter and hiccup frequently. The jerky accelerometer also ruins the experience when rotating between landscape and portrait.

The Slate 7 cameras prove equally lackluster, with egregious omissions like autofocus and exposure settings. The basic 3MP rear sensor produces blurry results while the 0.3MP front camera gets grainy fast. Forget about Skype video calls. And multimedia falls flat with the tinny single speaker that fails at delivering loud, clear audio.

In the end, HP deserves some praise for their construction efforts on the Slate 7. Unfortunately the tablet delivers a decidedly subpar experience compared to the wildly popular Nexus 7.

And with the Nexus 7 costing just $30 more, the decision becomes easy for consumers. The Slate 7 feels like a decent first try by HP, but one still clearly missing the mark by a wide margin.

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