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Last Updated: January 8th, 2014

HP's efforts in the Android tablet space haven't been all that inspiring so far, but they're hoping to change that with the late 2013 line. If you've been waiting on the HP Slate 8 Pro or the Slate 7 Extreme, it looks like Best Buy is the first American retailer to get its hands on the new tablets. You can pick them up for $329.99 and $199.99, respectively.

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The Slate 8 Pro is HP's imitation of an iPad Mini. Its 8-inch, 4:3 ratio screen has a resolution of 1600x1200 - odd for an Android tablet, and right in between the original iPad Mini and the newer "retina" model. Under the hood it's got a Tegra 4 processor, a disappointing 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space and an open MicroSD card slot, a MicroHDMI port, and a 720p/8MP front and rear camera setup with flash. The battery is a respectable 5680mAh, and the Android version is 4.2.

The Slate 7 Extreme is a Tegra Note machine, built on NVIDIA's whitebox hardware. That means that aside from a few case details it's identical to other Tegra Note tablets like the EVGA Note 7. Aside from the 7-inch 1280x800 screen, 5MP rear camera, integrated stylus, and 4100mAh battery, the specs are identical to the Slate 8 Pro. Software is Android 4.2.2, but NVIDIA will be handling the over-the-air updates, so you can expect it to be updated faster and more often than your typical Android tablet.

Best Buy seems to be the only retailer selling these tablets at the moment, including HP's own web store, which shows both as out of stock at the time of writing. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Slate 8 Pro and the Slate 7 Extreme pop up on Amazon, Newegg, and the rest of the usual subjects later this week. There's no sign of the Slate 7 HD or Slate 10 HD tablets, which HP announced at the same time back in September

Source: Best Buy - Slate 8 Pro, Slate 7 Extreme

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • fustian24

    The innovation. It blinds me.

  • http://aidan.info.tm/ Zack Casey

    "but NVIDIA will be handling the over-the-air updates" Well, that's a first.

  • X3HaloEd

    Are you sure that Nvidia is handling the updates? Do you have a reference for that somewhere? If It's true, then I definitely want this.

  • poop12

    lol what makes you think NVIDIA will actively update these devices? I doubt it. They will disappoint like all other manufacturers.

    • renz

      The device just comes out so can't really judge yet but looking at how rapid updates has been rolling out for shield that is good indication how serious nvidia about updates. In fact they already roll out first updates for TN7 a few days ago. There are reasons why nvidia handle the updates directly instead of letting the partners to do it themselves. Also nvidia have good track record supporting their product for longer period of time

  • fl1nty

    0.3 mp front cam.

  • SgtBeavis

    Seems to me that HP is trying to commoditize tablets. Low pricing, common hardware, middle of the pack performance and options. It's not a terrible business plan, but it doesn't give them any chance to be kind of the hill...

    But then I think they threw away any opportunity they had there when they killed the TouchPad.

  • tabrowser

    can someone please compare the slate 7 extreme to TN7? i know they are almost identical (HP has a worse stylus; pen tip instead of the chisel tip which allows more thickness) but i really wanna know which of the 2 have a better build quality.

    a lot of the customer reviews over at newegg say that the build quality is really bad on the TN7 (often creaking with small pressures and a touch screen malfunctioning)

    so i'd appreciate it if someone is able to get their hand on both the tablets and let us know about how well the HP is made in comparison?