HP first entry into the tablet market, Slate7, is delayed to June. Previously it was announced to be available in April 2013.
While the HP Slate 7’s release date has changed, there’s no word on any changes to the tablet’s technical specifications. When the device was unveiled, HP said the Slate 7 would come with a dual-core 1.6GHz chip based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 architecture, plus 8 GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM and microSD support for expandable storage. The company also said the Slate 7 would have a stainless steel frame and pack a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front. HP could not be reached for comment about the Slate 7’s delay.
Maybe it has got something to do with HP decision to outsource the tablet manufacture to China, instead of Taiwan…
There used to be a clear divide: Taiwanese contract manufacturers made the well-known tablets like Apple Inc.’s iPad, while Chinese companies made imitations for little-known brands. But with Hewlett-Packard Co.’s newest device, the line is blurring, a sign Chinese companies are becoming more serious competitors.
To make its first Android tablet, the Slate 7, H-P—the world’s largest personal computer maker by shipments—passed over its usual partners and outsourced to China’s BYD Electronic (International) Co., said people familiar with the project who declined to be named because they were not authorized to discuss the arrangement.
Source: Wall Street Journal
In any case, HP Slate7 official product page still list April 2013 as date of availability. Makes me wonder, which one is correct ?
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