HP Slate 7Quick, what’s the best 7-inch Android tablet money can buy? And by “money,” I mean less than 200 bucks. Asus and Google’s Nexus 7, you say? Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD? How about HP’s Slate 7?

No, the Slate 7 is not the best Android tab out there. Not even close. But it’s cheap. So cheap in fact that it makes the N7 look like a luxury product.

Initially made available for $170, HP’s 7-incher goes for 30 bucks less starting today, both via the manufacturer’s official website and through Best Buy. $140 is a ridiculously low amount of cash to pay for a gadget nowadays and the Slate 7 does offer a couple of goodies for that dough.

Like Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. And a dual-core 1.6 GHz processor that’s not so very bad. Plus, you get Beats Audio sound enhancement, which is really a unique feature for low-cost tablets.

On the flipside, the 1,024 x 600 pixels resolution screen is about as sub-par as they come, there are only 8 gigs of internal storage, the battery is non-removable and a little too “slender” for our taste, not to mention the tab is a tad chunky, measuring 10.7 mm in thickness.

But again, at just $140 the HP Slate 7 is a definite steal. Go on and buy it while you can, what are you waiting for?

This post originally appeared on GadgeTell.


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