HP is taking full advantage of the fact that there are no good 10-inch tablets in India by launching a mid-range tablet with decent hardware and cellular connectivity.
Back in December, it was revealed that HP is considering making a comeback in the tablet segment, and after announcing the affordable Slate 6 Voice Tab and Slate 7 Voice Tab phablets in India, HP has now launched the HP 10 tablet in the country.
HP has said that India would be its target market, and as such has unveiled its wares only in the sub-continent as of now. Its latest offering, the HP 10, is a mid-tier device that comes with cellular connectivity. It features a 10-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800, a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, 1 GB RAM, 2 MP camera, 0.3 MP front shooter, 8 GB internal storage along with a micro-SD slot, 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, micro-HDMI, micro-USB, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and a 4,600 mAh battery.
The low battery size might be a concern considering the screen size of the tablet, but otherwise it is a decent offering in this segment. In addition to the decent hardware, the tablet features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with full access to Google’s services like the Play Store and Gmail.
The tablet is listed on various online retailers, and is currently available for $320. While the Slate 6 and Slate 7 Voice Tabs are devices that might not see a lot of consumer interest, the HP 10 is sure to be one of the better selling tablets in the country. HP has a clear advantage in that there is a clear dearth of good 10-inch tablets available in India. While Google sells the Nexus 7 2013 directly from the Play Store, the Nexus 10 is not available in the country. The only other viable contender to HP in the Android segment is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which is costlier.