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HP Launches $99 Android Tablet

Easily among the cheapest Android tablets on the market, HP has launches the HP 7 Plus. This 7-inch slate costs just $99, and for your money you get a 1-GHz quad-core Cortex A7 CPU and 1GB of RAM. But you should expect some trade-offs at this price.

For starters, the display sports a resolution of just 1024 x 600 pixels. The Kindle Fire HD features a sharper 1280 x 800 screen, but it costs $139. For storage space, you'll get 8GB of RAM and a built-in microSD card that can boost memory by 32GB. The slate measures 7.6 x 4.8 x 0.32 inches and weighs a light 10.4 ounces.

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Rounding out the specs are 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 2-MP rear camera and a 0.3-MP front shooter. The 2800 mAh battery should last about 5.5 hours on a charge. That's below the average slate we've tested, but respectable given the price tag.

By comparison, the Android-powered ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, which goes for $129, features a quad-core CPU, 1280 x 800 display, 16GB of memory and 9 hours and 40 minutes of battery life.

The 7 Plus will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and will come preloaded with a variety of Google apps such as Gmail, Chrome browser, Google Maps, YouTube and the Google Play app store. You'll also get a few HP apps, including HP ePrint, HP Connected Photo powered by Snapfish and HP File Manager.

We'll reserve judgement on this budget system until we get our hands on a review unit, but it could prove to be a decent slate for the tablet newbie or kiddie set. 

A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.