HP unveils two Tegra 4-powered tablets

Compared to the widely successful Tegra 3, Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor is downright rare. The chip is still getting design wins, though, and as Ars Technica reports, it's just appeared inside a couple of Android tablets from HP.

The more affordable of HP's two new arrivals is called the Slate7 Extreme. For $199.99, it pairs the Tegra 4 with a 7" 1280x800 display, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI out, and two cameras (a 0.3-megapixel one at the front and a 5-megapixel one at the back). The device weighs just over 11 ounces, is rated for 10.5 hours of battery life, and features an integrated stylus.

According to Ars, the Slate7 Extreme may be a rebranded version of Nvidia's homebrewed Tegra Note 7. Introduced in September, the Tegra Note 7 was supposed to be offered by firms like EVGA, PNY, and Zotac—companies that already sell Nvidia graphics cards. (EVGA's version is already listed at Newegg.) HP doesn't quite fit that mold, but the Slate7 Extreme does look an awful lot like the Nvidia tablet, and it has similar specs, too.

For folks with deeper pockets, HP offers the Slate8 Pro, a $329.99 device that combines the Tegra 4 with an 8" 1600x1200 screen. The Slate8 Pro also has a more squared-off design, a white back and bezel, and a larger battery that's rated for 11.5 hours of run time. Other than that, though, the device's specs resemble those of the Slate7 Extreme pretty closely, and both devices run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

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