HP has released a new Android tablet running Jelly Bean aimed at the budget market, though to little fanfare. The HP 7 Plus is an entry-level tablet that uses a 7-inch, 1024×600-resolution display and has a relatively sedate list of specifications that is similar to other generic, basic tablets, though HP has opted to sell the 7 Plus for $100. Running on a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage with microSD expansion by up to 32GB, the HP 7 Plus includes a rear 2-megapixel camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing version.
How bad do you need an Android tablet? HP’s latest Android tablet isn’t packed with the latest components, but it’s cheap. The buyer gets, um, a screen, some bits and bytes, and a bezel as wide as the Mighty Mississisp’. But the HP 7 Plus is only $99. Since HP’s first consumer Android tablet, the computer maker has been content racing to the bottom with cheap tablets destined for developing regions and niche markets. Apparently HP is happy with this strategy as it has made little effort to change. Unlike Amazon, Google or Apple, HP doesn’t have a content service to recover losses from selling high-end tablets at low prices; it must turn a profit from hardware alone. The tablet rocks specs not that much better than HP’s ill-fated Palm TouchPad. The 7-inch screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600 and the package is powered by an Allwinner Technology A31 SoC that features four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1 GHz along with a Power VR SGX544MP2 GPU and 1GB of RAM. But it’s only $99.