Several weeks ago, HP announced their second Tegra 4 powered device, the HP Slatebook x2 10.1” hybrid with a 1080p display. Their first Tegra 4 device was announced back in June: the gigantic Slate21 All-In-One, also with a 1080p display. Obviously the latter targets a very different use case, but there are many users that want something smaller and more portable than even a 10.1” tablet. For those, HP is now adding two more Tegra 4 tablets to their lineup, the Slate7 Extreme (not to be mistaken with the Slate7 HD, which is not a Tegra 4 tablet) and the Slate8 Pro.

We don’t have full specs for either tablet, but the Slate8 will feature a 4:3 aspect ratio display, and HP claims that it has the “highest resolution available on a tablet of its size”, apparently a 1600x1200 panel (and we’d assume that’s an IPS display, though HP doesn’t say). HP isn’t talking battery life yet, or any of the other specs really, so all we have to go on is Tegra 4 and its Cortex-A15 core with 72-core GeForce GPU. We know there’s a camera as well, but we don’t have any information on resolution.

The Slate7 Extreme has the same SoC, but this time with a smaller 7” 1280x800 display. The Slate7 also includes a stylus using NVIDIA’s DirectStylus technology, which opens up some additional use cases. HP lists the Slate7 as coming with 16GB, and there’s an HDMI port that allows you to connect it to a TV (and the same should be true of the Slate8).

Getting back to Tegra 4, NVIDIA’s SHIELD clocks the SoC at up to 1.9GHz, but HP could be using lower clocks for their tablets. As far as performance goes, Tegra 4 is quite fast but it looks like it will be slower than the new A7 at the heart of the iPhone 5s. GPU performance is a bit murkier, with Tegra 4 sometimes doing well (GFXBench 2.7.0 T-Rex HD and Egypt HD for instance have it on par with the A7 and Qualcomm MSM8974), but other times it falls behind (fill rate in particular looks to be a weak point – or a strong point of the A7 GPU). Given the variety of Android tablets along with NVIDIA’s willingness to help optimize gaming performance, however, we expect Tegra 4 will remain competitive.

Availability of both the Slate7 Extreme and Slate8 Pro is scheduled for November, with pricing to be announced at a later date.

Source: HP PR

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  • Jhlot - Thursday, September 19, 2013 - link

    Good, I am in the market for a tablet >7 and <10 inch with high-res screen. If they can keep it at $250 or so I may be a buyer.
  • fic2 - Thursday, September 19, 2013 - link

    This will be a great buy when HP decides again to get out of the tablet game and dumps them in a fire sale!
  • lukewayne - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Can't wait to replace my touchpads in that fire sale!
  • augiem - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Really? Even after the Touchpad fiasco you're still gonna buy HP?
  • bleh0 - Thursday, September 19, 2013 - link

    I'll wait for reviews (preferably from the gang here at anandtech) about the usability of these tablets.
  • Simon42 - Thursday, September 19, 2013 - link

    They seem to both be limited to 1GB RAM... Disappointing, because we almost had a premium-performing Android 4:3 device.
  • ArthurG - Friday, September 20, 2013 - link

    The Slate 8 pro has 2 GB of RAM
  • tviceman - Thursday, September 19, 2013 - link

    4:3 tablet. I am in!
  • TheJian - Friday, September 20, 2013 - link

    Pasted a list of devices below...When can we get some benchmarks. You guys act as though nothing is out. How hard is it to get a device to benchmark? Surely Xiaomi, Toshiba, Bungbungame etc want their devices benchmarked? Xiaomi runs at 1.8 (or 1.9 depends on who you believe I guess), so scores close to shield already as benchmarks have shown (faster than S800 in a LOT of stuff). When will we get some xiaomi benchmarks? It's Tegra4 at 1.8 in a PHONE right? $327? WOW. I don't see them bragging about the 2.3ghz S800 version either (since the phone comes with either chip, you'd think they are bragging about the winner right?).

    A paste of a comment I made elsewhere:
    T4 just started shipping end of July (basically only just over a month). Not sure how you can call it a failure yet:
    2 toshibas with T4 (and a 3rd with a T3)
    Vizio has a T4 (and T3) coming also that they showed at CES
    Also the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity,
    HP SlateBook x2 & an AIO device (20in?) both T4, not to mention
    Mad Catz MOJO (they are SEEKING deal T4 they said).
    BungBungame's Kalos tablet uses T4 also
    Xiaomi Mi3 handset
    Looks like T4 owns the top of the list right? Xiaomi phone is impressive.
    Acer with TA2 coming with T4
    Of course shield, and now maybe a tegra tab7 Q1?
    Surface RT rev2 coming shortly (I think RT kills anything, but it's another device)
    Couple those with Ouya, gamepop, wikipad etc and I think tegra has a pretty good year lined up even before the T4i. Hp, Toshiba, Microsoft, Asus, Acer all showing tegra 4 support.
    ZTE also has U988S phone coming. I'm sure I'm missing a few devices but these are already coming.
  • JarredWalton - Friday, September 20, 2013 - link

    You can be sure that Xiaomi, Toshiba, Bungbungame, etc. want their devices benchmarked and reviewed all you want. The fact is, most of those companies are not pushing hard for reviews, certainly not by us. If any of them were to contact us with a review sample, I'd happily do a review.

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