HP's cheap Slate 7 to reach Australia

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HP's cheap Slate 7 to reach Australia

HP's just-announced Android consumer tablet will reach Australian shelves in April.

The Slate 7 was officially unveiled yesterday ahead of this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

It marked HP's re-entry into the consumer tablet market following the dumping of its WebOS-based TouchPad tablet two years ago.

It will retail from $199, making it one of the cheapest consumer tablets on the market, coming in lower than Google's low-cost $249 Nexus 7. 

HP's TouchPad initially sold for $498 for the 16GB model and $599 for 32GB when it landed in 2010. The price was later slashed to $98 and $148 respectively, as part of a fire sale to clear out stock when HP killed off the tablet after less than a week on the local market.

The 7-inch Slate 7 runs Android 4.1 Jellybean with a ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor.

It weighs 368 grams, has 3MP and VGA cameras, and the ability to "talk" to printers. It features a stainless-steel frame and comes in either grey or red on the back.

The company is yet to reveal which retail partners will offer the device.

HP also offers the Windows 8-based ElitePad tablet for business users, among other convertible products running Microsoft's new OS Windows 8.

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