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Slate 17, the all-in-one Android desktop/tablet from HP

So back in July, we got a sneak peek of a large (and unannounced) tablet PC from HP, the Slate 17. Well, the company seems semi-ready to release it as it has made appearances in the HP website. So what is it? In case you missed the first report and if you’re curious about this all-in-one, then read on!

HP Slate 17 – The all-in-one Android desktop/tablet PC

Well, like all all-in-one devices, the Slate 17 can pretty much do everything. You can use it as a large tablet or as a desktop PC. As the name suggests, this baby has a 17-inch screen. According to HP’s site, it’s equipped with a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution panel. As the benchmark indicated, the said unit will feature an Intel Celeron N2807 x86 quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of built-in storage.

Our source filled in the rest of the features – the Slate 17 will reportedly have an HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, a memory card reader, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, along with a 720p webcam. It even has Beats Audio, if you’re into that kind of thing.

It weighs a pretty much expected 5.4 pounds (around 2.4 kg), but at least you can carry it from room to room without having to worry about wall sockets for 5 hours. Software-wise, this all-in-one will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.

So how does this go from one mode to another? With two kickstands. The smaller one allows you to prop it up ever so slightly, so the top part is slightly raised when the unit is laid on a table. The bigger kickstand props it up fully into a desktop display. Watch it in action below:

Pricing and availability

So how much is the HP Slate 17? Sources say it will be sporting a US $450 price tag once it hits the shelves. We’re not sure when exactly, but we will let you know once HP divulges that bit of info.

So, what do you think? The Slate 17 is considerably cheaper than its bigger brothers (the Slate 21 and 21 Pro), and while it isn’t terribly portable like, say, the Slate 8 Pro, it does offer a lot more screen real estate than the other members of the Slate line.

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Could an HP Slate 17 be on the way?

Ah, choice. HP’s yet another of those firms that seem bent on giving today’s ever pickier crop of tech customers with an ever-growing range of shiny new units that stand out vis-à-vis the competition, or at least try to. We’re hearing rumblings that the company’s all-in-one desktop/tablets, the 21-inch Slate 21 and Slate 21 Pro models, might soon be joined by a 17-inch version – an HP Slate 17, if you will. Scroll down to find out more!

HP Slate 17 Android tablet PC - GFXBench

Slate 17: Outed by GFXBench

If the HP Slate 17, as it just might be known as, is for real, we have the benchmarking website GFXBench to thank. This supposed upcoming unit’s broken cover on said site (and you can head down to our source link to have a look at the actual page).

Eager to learn more about the Slate 17? OK, it supposedly boasts a 17.2-in, 1920 x 1080-pixel display; is purportedly powered by an Intel Celeron N2807 (dual-core) processor; and comes with just 2 GB RAM and 32 GB of storage space. OS-wise, it’s more or less up to date, running Android 4.4 (KitKat) – yup, this is one of those desktops that runs Android.

As befits its supposed “desktop” profile, the “Slate 17” doesn’t come with a rear camera or GPS… which is probably for the best. (Taking selfies or other pictures with cameras mounted on the rear of units this big might be really iffy.)

If this unit will be anything like its purported big brothers, it’s also going to have a built-in battery, which will make positioning and repositioning it a cinch (until, of course, you drain the battery dry). Its heft and weight, however, will doubtlessly make it a bit tough to cart around.

So, how much?

There’s no word on the HP Slate 17’s price, or even a hint of how much it might go for. Still, it might be a compelling product, so why don’t we all just wait and see, especially if you’re on the verge of buying an all-in-one? After all, there are precious few tablets that convert to home systems and vice versa, so you’d probably be best served to keep abreast of new entrants to the market.

source [ GFXBench]

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HP 7 Mesquite – Under $100

HP’s been quite busy of late – seemingly releasing tablets in every imaginable size and price point. Well, last Black Friday, the tablet maker has partnered up with Walmart to bring its cheapest slate: the HP 7 Mesquite. What’s interesting about it? Read on to know more.

HP 7 Mesquite 1800 Android Tablet PC

HP 7 Mesquite, Android at $89.99

The Mesquite is just listed as “HP 7” Tablet Intel Atom Processor with 8 GB Memory featuring Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)” with a 1800 model number at Walmart. The 7-inch display has a humble 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. Specs-wise, it isn’t as bad as one would expect, packing a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 Medfield single core CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal storage. Additional features include a micro USB 2.0 port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a microSD card slot, and a 0.3 MP VGA front-facing camera.

Out of the box, the HP 7 Mesquite has an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. According to the reviews, you’d get up to 5 hours of use from a single full charge. It weighs 0.83 lb and measures 7.6 x 4.92 x 0.4 in.

Will you want to get this tablet PC?

While the features list does seem a bit sparse on the HP 7 Mesquite, you may be a little hard pressed to find a big name tablet maker with the same offer – at least you probably will not if you don’t count refurbished slates. As of this writing, the tablet PC has a 3.9 star rating at Walmart, though there are some complaints over the battery not charging and poor screen quality. Others are happy with it, saying that’s it’s a good tablet for beginners and kids.

Well, if you’re on a tight budget and would like to get a slate, then this might be the one for you. There are others out there, of course. You can check out the Hisense Sero 7 Pro, which is retails for US $149, but has a 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and a higher 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display. Another tablet in the same league is the Asus Memo Pad HD 7. It also has a higher price tag compared to the HP 7 Mesquite, the 8 GB version retails at US $129. However, it has a 1.2 GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, a higher pixel count (also 1280 x 800), and a 5 MP rear-facing camera.

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Slate 8 Pro: HP’s Android “Goldilocks-sized” tablet

As you may have noticed, HP’s been busy releasing tablet PCs in every possible flavor (see here and here) and here’s another one: the HP Slate 8 Pro. As the name suggests, it’s their entry to the 8-inch “Goldilocks-sized” division of the tablet PC wars. What’s interesting about it? Read on to know more about it.HP Slate 8 Pro 7600 Android Tablet PC

 Slate 8 Pro – How does it compare?

The 8-inch display outputs a 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution and is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3. According to the specs sheet, this baby is powered by an Nvidia T40 S Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor, which clocks in at 1.8 GHz. This is coupled with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. It may seem a little thin, but you can at least expand it using the microSD card slot that can support up to 32 GB of external storage space. Additional features include two cameras (a 720p front one and an 8 MP rear camera with flash, autofocus, and HD video recording), Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n, Miracast compatible) and Bluetooth (4.0+LE) connectivity, and microUSB and micro HDMI ports.

The Slate 8 Pro has a 5680 mAh lithium-polymer battery that can reportedly keep things nice and running for up to eleven and a half hours. It rolls off the shelf preloaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and comes with other apps from HP.

Additional Notes

Aesthetics-wise, the Slate 8 Pro comes in a snow white finish – the back panel, that is – and it comes with Beats Audio baked in. It is currently available for US $329.99.

So how does it compare to others in its size-division? The Dell Venue 8 tablet PC is rather on the low-cost spectrum at US $180. It has a last gen 2.0 GHz Intel Atom dual core processor (Clover Trail+) and it only has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, on the other hand, takes it three notches up in the premium department with a snappy 2.2 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor and a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. It’s only slightly more expensive than the Slate 8 Pro at US $379.

And then there’s the Apple iPad mini with Retina display. At US $399, you get a shiny new toy with an Apple A7 CPU and a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has yet to get an upgrade, but if the rumors are true, then that is another device to watch out for.

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