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HP and Their Three, Yes Three, New Tablets Leak Out

July 20, 2014 - Written By Phil Bourget

HP has been suffering lately since the decline of computers, both laptop and desktop, obviously affects one of the oldest computer manufacturers, but they have made efforts in the tablet realm.  They have been known for their Slate family of tablets, offering a basic design and moderate power for the people that don’t need the absolute best or want to pay for it, for that matter.  But the latest developments and leaks from HP were graciously shared by MobileGooks.de, a German tech site known for accurate leaks of various types as well as great updates about those leaks.  Today, they showed off something from HP that is quite surprising: three tablets instead of the expected two.

HP previously let us know that there would be two new additions to the Slate family, an 8 Plus and a 10 Plus, with some interesting internals and specifications.  Our previous coverage of these devices, as well as outside sources, showed that these two ‘new’ tablets from HP are likely just re-branded with re-skinned Android Huawei tablets, but sold to similar markets (parts of Asia and France) but we knew nothing more than their specifications inside and some possible launch locales.  Today, we may have a price for these tablets, as well as yet another tablet bearing the HP branding the HP 10 Plus (not Slate, interestingly).

The Slate 8 Plus is known to have an 8-inch IPS LCD panel up front, but with a comparatively low resolution of 1280 by 800, that 1.6 Ghz quad-core HiSilicon processor that hinted at the tablet just being renamed and rebranded, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a Micro SD card slot.  Let loose today though is the connectivity of this tablet.  It will reportedly have the standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection, as well as a 3G connection inside.  Finally a price also came with all of this, and it sits around 300 euros, but it is currently unknown if that is a region-specific price. That will likely be clarified as launch may be happen by the end of July or first week or two of August.

Next we have the Slate 10 Plus, with a similar rundown of specifications and even a possible battery capacity.  The Slate 10 Plus has the same resolution as the Slat 8 Plus, at 1280 by 800 pixels (which seems rather bad for a tablet this size, especially for this year, the year of the pixel) within an IPS LCD panel at 10.1 inches.  The processor is likely a HiSilicon again, running at 1.5 Ghz with a single GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, again, with an SD card slot.  What’s disappointing about this tablet is the price, at 320 euros reportedly, you get all this from a tablet that might have sold well in early 2013 or late 2012, but the battery is the big interest here.  It’s a beastly (and this is going off the leak, so expect changes or possible inaccuracies) a 6,280 mAh battery, which is reportedly good for six hours of use (which seems rather low, but who knows with these tablets nowadays).  This one however, will reportedly have LTE capabilities so that justifies the price slightly.

Lastly, we have the surprise tablet from HP, the HP 10 Plus with no ‘Slate’ anywhere to be found.  The 10 Plus is a device with better specs, having a 1920 by 1200 pixel IPS, but having reportedly only a 1 Ghz quad-core processor and, for some reason 2 GB of RAM.  The device will also sport the same 16 GB with expandable storage as the two other tablets, but this one reportedly has an anti-glare screen, for a less reflective view, not that it will have a matte-finished screen.  The device will house a nice-sized 7700 mAh battery, good for six hours of use.  What will this interesting tablet cost you?  Well, this one will put you back about 240 euros.  Availability is reportedly due out in a few weeks’ time, so keep your eyes peeled for developments on this one.  Would you consider any of these three tablets, given their possible spec sheets?

The Slate 8 Plus in a few different poses:

The Slate 10 Plus posing up:

And finally the HP 10 Plus showing its stuff: