HP Introduces the Budget 7” HP Slate7

True to rumor, HP has unveiled a tablet running Android at Mobile World Congress. The HP Slate7 is a 7” tablet available on the cheap, with specs decent enough to make it worth a look when it hits stores in a couple months.

The Slate7 is a 7” tablet that weighs about 13 ounces, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That’s packed into a stainless steel frame, which comes in a few different paint jobs, like red, grey and black. You’ll also see a 1024 x 600 HFFS display – HFFS meaning High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching, which is supposed to offer a greater possible viewing angle for the Slate7.

Inside, the HP Slate7 is powered by an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor. There’s a 3 MP camera on the back and a front-facing VGA camera, which are by no means top-notch, but are decent enough for the price. As is expected with HP devices, Beats Audio comes standard. The Slate7 comes with 8 GB of storage space, which can be expanded using a micro SD card. There’s also a micro USB charging port on the bottom.

HP ePrint comes standard, which allows for native, in-app printing from almost every app.

It’s nothing special, but for $169, the HP Slate7 doesn’t need to be. HP’s first Android offering will hit the United States sometime this April.