HP, what are you doing recently? The answer is two new tablets of the Slate line. What? New tablets? ‘Hang on’ you say ‘these look and sound familiar’. If you thought that, you’re more than right, friend. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Listen to this.
HP’s new Slate 7 VoiceTab Ultra and Slate 8 Plus tablets are new to the world and area, initially released in Asian markets soon. The issue comes in this form: both tablets look identical, and have similar, if not identical, specifications to tablets by Huawei. Huawei’s MediaPad X1 is a predecessor to the HP Slate 7 VoiceTab Ultra (whose name needs to be shortened, by decree of anyone with a non-oversized memory capacity). The MediaPad M1, also by Huawei, is the reference device, if you could call it that, for the Slate 8 Plus. What issue is there?
Well, the two tablets from Huawei, a popular Chinese manufacturer known for their Ascend and Mate lines of devices, released these two tablets in question, the MediaPad X1 and M1, were released in February of this year, so they’re slightly old news to us up-and-getting folk that have to have the cutting edge in our pockets, satchels, desk space, or news feeds, but they aren’t bad devices by any standards. The MediaPad X1 has the typical Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) suite of system specs (quad-core 1.6 Ghz processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 1200 by 1920 pixel screen, showing you the 16 GB of internal storage of contents) so it is a little lagging internally, but that doesn’t make it less likely to sell. That is especially evinced by the processor found in HP’s VoiceTab being the same Huawei Hisilicon processor as the Huawei product itself. The oddity comes in the fact that not many (if any at all) companies use Huawei’s own processors, except themselves, so there’s one tick in the ‘reskinned and sold’ box. The MediaPad M1 is the lesser in screen, with only an 800 by 1280 display. Like the X1, the tablet ships with Android Jelly Bean, and a slow-to-market type of internal layout, with only 8 GB of internal storage and a single gigabyte of RAM to use it all with. And as with the X1, the same quad-core Hisilicon processor is found here, in the M1, but as well as in the Slate 8 Plus. Tick number two in the aforementioned box.
What does that mean, two points for ‘reskinned and sold’ tablets from HP? It means that HP might just be trying to get itself back into the market (or in for the first time, for real), or something entirely different. Only HP can and would say, but they won’t so it’s being filed under the ‘because’ tab in our books. But these tablets apparently have a price, the HP ones, set for them. The Slate 7 will reportedly cost $399, and is up for pre-order right now. The Slate 8 will cost, according to HP France, $400ish, so that’s good. These tablets, once they are released in their targe and intended markets, may be coming to other markets globally soon.