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HP Unveils 8-Inch Android 4.2.2 Tablet Starting at $170

by Jacob Kleinman | March 7, 2014March 7, 2014 8:00 am PDT

HP released a new Android tablet today, offering up a mid-range slate for the low price of just $169.99. The one problem—besides its unimpressive specs, but we’ll get to that in a second—is the new device’s name. Instead of sticking with its HP Slate brand the company opted to call its latest tablet the HP 8 1401, or HP 8 for short.

The HP 8 was dropped onto the company’s online store this week with nary a press release or launch event, which makes sense considering what you’ll find under the hood. The new tablet comes equipped with a 7.85-inch display at a resolution of just 1024 x 768 pixels, a two-megapixel rear camera, a pretty decent Allwinner A31 quad-core processor, and runs the severely outdated Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. You’ll also get 16GB of storage with microSD support, stereo speakers and what looks like a solid yet sleek grey and white design.

HP clearly isn’t shooting for the high-end with this model, but as an entry-level tablet the HP 8 is an impressive device with an alluring price. For any customers browsing through the aisles at Best Buy for a good deal it’s likely to stand out, and that was likely the company’s plan all along.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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