Why you need to see HP’s new Tegra 4 tablets

Wasn’t too long ago I was extoling the virtues of the NVIDIA Tegra 4-fueled Slatebook x2. The Slatebook x2 – the best of laptop and tablet slammed together in a portable package was only the start. Today, we’re unleashing a number of new models including the Slate7 Extreme and Slate8 Pro. Both of which offer high-resolution screens and one feature that could make these awesome gaming devices for your house. More on that last part in a minute.


First, I want to introduce you to HP’s Richard Parry. We chatted for a few minutes about what Tegra 4 brings to the table with some of our latest tablets.


Slate 7 extreme drawing 1.JPGThe Slate7 Extreme

This offers the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, but it has a lot of other cool technology as well. Cue Richard popping out a digitizer pen from the case. As he does that, the Slate7 Extreme instantly offers to open a couple apps that’d take advantage of it (like the notepad app). You can assign any apps you like to pop up.


The good thing is that it has active palm rejection. So, as we’re doing a quick test with it, he’s pressing his hand on the screen while writing nice things about me….and the pen overrides the screen detection. It also has really low latency so you can jot items, but that also makes it a great potential tool for photo editing or drawing. (Not that I can handle more than drawing stick figures, so I might pass on that test for now.) He then proceeded to open Chrome and lasso part of a Web page that he wanted to capture for later. All easy-to-do.


But obviously a big part of the story here is that Tegra 4 chip and what it enables. First off, it’s a graphics powerhouse that lets you queue up video on the 1280x800 pixel-screen. If that’s not enough for you, you could always just directly output the video to a TV with it. Yep, it’s got an HDMI out and in one test, we piped some gameplay straight to a TV. Then connected it with a Nyko gamepad via Bluetooth. Instant Console gaming!


Here’s a little video proof for you:






Slate 8 Pro.JPG

The Slate8 Pro

As you might’ve guessed from the name, this tablet is gear-shifted ever-so-slightly toward being more work friendly. How so? This one here is a 4:3 aspect ratio product, and the 1600 by 1200 pixel, 8-inch screen isn’t joking around. It’s a good thing for practical use because, let’s see….a lot of content is still formatted at 4:3, the cameras on devices still shoot in 4:3. Most Web pages and documents are formatted at 4:3….you see where we’re going with this? You’re getting crisp picture quality and useful software like KingSoft Office and HP File Manager, pre-installed (both come free and really are invaluable in everyday use).


But it’s far from being an “all work, no play” device. It’s the first 8-inch tablet with Beats Audio. And don’t forget: A Tegra 4 is purring under the hood here as well. So you’re going to see the best Android gaming, along with super-fast web browsing and good battery life. I just can't tell you exactly how much battery life quite yet.


If you have any questions in the meantime about these new tablets, fire away in the comments below. I’ll answer what I can. Promise.



by RobTheBuilder
on ‎09-19-2013 08:44 AM

These are great sounding products, but the Slate 21, which is supposed to come out this month, is what I really need right now.  Do you have any updates on that product's availability?

by HussainEmad
on ‎09-19-2013 09:55 AM



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by GizmoGladstone
on ‎09-19-2013 10:53 AM

Hey RobTheBuilder: 


I haven't heard about any date changes on the Slate 21, but I'm asking around for you. If I get any updates, I'll let you know.






by Old_Fogey
on ‎09-30-2013 12:17 AM

I'm real keen on the stylus feature in the Slate7Extreme, but am dreaming of a larger screen to write notes on ... do you see one of these being released this year?  One of the 8-inch versions, or even a 10?


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