Official news from HP
Michael_Thacker| February 25, 2013
The way people create, consume and share content is rapidly changing. In recent years, there has been a dramatic shift in the personal systems landscape due to the rise of mobile technology and new consumer tastes. Enter the rise of the tablet!
In an effort to provide the best technology within a reasonable price structure and remain ahead of the changing landscape, HP today announced the Slate7. This new device is an affordable Android Jelly Bean consumer tablet that offers easy access to Google Mobile services.
The 7-inch diagonal screen and weight of 13 ounces makes the Slate7 an ideal personal companion. It's also the industry's first tablet to offer embedded Beats Audio, for the best-sounding and richest audio experience available on a tablet.
"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP. "Our new HP Slate7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, while our ground-breaking, business-ready HP ElitePad on Windows® 8 is ideal for enterprises and governments. Both deliver the service and support people expect from HP."
The HP Slate7 joins the recently introduced HP Chromebook as part of HP's push to offer access to the Google experience.
HP's tablet offerings reside in the company's newly formed Mobility Global Business Unit, established in September 2012 with the hiring of Torres. Torres joined HP from Nokia, where he was executive vice president and oversaw the MeeGo products and platform.