“Android opened new avenues in the tablet segment. Toward the end of last year, we saw incredible growth with Android, to the point that it’s now exceeding iOS. So, of course, we’re excited to be working with Google.” Alberto Torres, Senior Vice President of HP Mobility just announced at MWC 2013 that his company will market an Android Consumer Tablet, the Slate 7 will be on sale in April 2013, starting price $170.
The affordable HP Slate is powered by an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz CPU, the 7” screen feature High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS) proving wide viewing angles and better reading in outdoor lighting conditions. The HP Slate includes a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for chatting, videos and photos.
This marks the diversification of operating systems from he long time Microsoft partner. HP has choice to go with Microsoft RT or Windows 8 but decides to go first with a safer Android solution, which has been more proven over Windows operating system. The company also mentioned its intention to re-enter the mobile phone market, on this front HP could use the in-house Web OS from Palm acquisition, Windows Phone or Android. Guess, which one HP will bet on?