PC manufacturing juggernaut HP broke into the budget tablet sector in Europe with the low priced HP 7 Plus tablet and are now planning to continue that trend in the US. HP announced that the HP 7 Plus will launch in the US very soon for $100, making it one of the cheapest tablets available.
The HP 7 Plus features a 1 GHz quad core processor, a 7 inch 1024 x 600 display, 1 GB of ram and 8 GB of internal storage as well as microSD support. The tablet also features a 2 megapixel back facing camera as well ass a 0.3 megapixel forward facing camera with a 2,800 mAh battery. While these specs aren’t particularly impressive compared to high end 7 inch tablets such as the iPad Mini or the Nexus 7, for the price point it is very compelling for budget users.
HP is launching the 7 Plus in the US by providing users with 25 GB of free lifetime storage with Box and Kingsoft Office software. The tablet runs Android. More specifically, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is slightly outdated, but is still a solid OS. This means users will have full access to the Google Play Store.
HP is definitely being smart targeting budget users. In a climate over saturated with high end devices such as the Nexus line of tablets and the newest generation iPads, there aren’t many options for users on a budget. HP is also offering higher end models of the HP 7 Plus with higher resolution displays and more powerful processors for $150 and up.
The tablet is available via the HP online store with free standard shipping. Additional accessories are also available to customers such as a tablet case for $20 and an $8 stylus.