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Thursday, Sep 19
H-P unveils new tablets, including Tegra and Bay Trail models
- H-P (HPQ -1.4%), which has already launched Android-powered desktops and tablets/convertibles, is doubling down on its bet by rolling out four more Android models: the Slate 8 Pro, the Slate 7 HD, the Slate 10 HD, and the Slate 7 Extreme.
- The Slate 7 Extreme is based on Nvidia's (NVDA -0.6%) Tegra Note reference design, which Nvidia announced yesterday. As specified by the design, the Extreme has a 7" 1280x800 display, stylus, dual cameras and quad-core Tegra 4 CPU; Nvidia has suggested Note tablets will sell for $199.
- The Slate 8 Pro also sports a Tegra 4 chip, along with an 8" 1600x1200 display and iPad-like 4:3 aspect ratio. The Slate 7 and 10 HD each have 1280x800 displays and dual-core CPUs from an unspecified supplier.
- Two Windows 8 tablets/convertibles are also launching, both of which feature Intel's (INTC -0.2%) new quad-core Bay Trail Atom CPU. The Pavillion 11 x2 has an 11.6" 1366x768 display and up to 128GB of storage, and starts at $600. The Omni 10 has a 10" 1080p display and 64GB of storage; no word on pricing.
- Also announced by H-P: the Spectre 13 x2 convertible, which has a 13" 1080p display and (according to H-P) is the first PC with an Intel Haswell CPU that doesn't need a fan, and the Envy 17, the first notebook with a Leap Motion gesture-recognition sensor built in.
- H-P's PC sales fell 11% Y/Y in the July quarter, thanks to weak industry sales and tough price competition from the likes of Lenovo and Dell. Notebook sales fell 14%, and desktops 9%.