Are you still looking for a budget tablet to buy this coming Black Friday, November 29th? HP and Walmart might just have the model for you as both companies have partnered to bring the HP Mesquite. This 7-inch Android tablet will be available exclusively at Walmart for only $89.
One interesting feature of the HP Mesquite is that it uses an Intel Medfield Atom processor. This is a low cost chip that does not deliver the applications or graphics performance of the latest Intel Bay trail Atom processor. It can however provide basic functionality which is what most impulse buyers are looking for in budget devices.
HP Mesquite Technical Specifications
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor
- 1GB DDR2 of system memory
- 7″ touchscreen, 1024 x 600 resolution, virtual keyboard
- Built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Additional Features of the HP Tablet:
- Front VGA webcam with omni-directional microphone
- microUSB port
- 8GB on-board storage memory, additional memory via microSD card slot
- Built-in speaker
- Up to five hours of run time on a full charge
- Weighs 0.83-pounds; 7.6″ x 4.92″ x 0.4″ dimensions
- Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean)
- Google Search, Google Voice Search, Gmail, Google Sync, Google Talk, Chrome browser, Google+, Google Maps, Google Street View, YouTube, Widevine digital content manager and Google Play
This sub-$100 model shows that not only ARM based tablets can have a low price point as Intel proves with this device that it too can penetrate this segment of the market. If this device proves to be popular then we might be seeing more models using Intel based processors in the near future.
If this 7-inch device is just too small for your tastes then Intel has other options available for sale this Black Friday.
Some of the choices include
- Dell Venue 8 tablet running Android for US$99 with the purchase of a PC valued at US$599.99 or more from Costco
- Dell Venue 8 for US$129.99 from Dell.com, a $50 savings from its original price
- Dell Venue 8 Pro (with Windows 8) for US$279.99 from Staples or through Dell.com for $299.99
- A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 sporting a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor for US$299.99 from Best Buy or Office Depot