HP back in with consumer tablet

HP launches Slate 7 tablet, its latest attempt to break into the market, which runs Android Jelly Bean and offers Google services

HP has launched its latest attempt to break into the tablet market with its Slate 7 tablet which runs Android Jelly Bean and offers Google services.

The announcement, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, comes 18 months after HP launched its Touchpad consumer tablet in the UK, which the company ended production of in August last year.

HP has a tablet aimed at businesses that runs the Windows 8 operating system (OS).

"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," said Alberto Torres, senior vice-president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP. "Our new HP Slate 7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets.”

The tablet is much lower cost than HP’s previous attempt at the consumer tablet market. Touchpad was originally priced at £399 for a 16GB device and  £479 for the 32GB version. Slate 7 is about £100.

It will go on sale in the US in April.

Meanwhile HP has sold its WebOS operating system to LG. WebOS was the mobile operating system that HP acquired when it took over Palm for $1.2bn in 2010. About a year, later it discontinued the product line.

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