HP Slate7 Extreme Review and Gaming Performance

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Published on January 19, 2014 | 0 comments
HP Slate7 Extreme Review and Gaming PerformanceHI guys, welcome back to this site!

As you already know (or not?), Tegra Note 7 tablet has been one of my favorite 7-inch tablets on the market to date.

This NVIDIA’s homemade tablet is just really impressive for me personally in many ways.

As a matter of fact, i’m actually planning to get this tablet when it arrives to my country soon (fingers crossed for that!).

What makes me amazed about this device are:
  • its hardware specs (Tegra 4, 1GB of RAM, 72-core GPU),
  • its stylus and its touch response (which almost matches the S-Pen on Samsung GALAXY Note 3),
  • its performance,
  • its camera,
  • its gaming capability,
  • its battery life
  • and almost everything about this tablet is just perfect.
HP Slate7 Extreme benchmarks and gaming performance

The good news is, besides Tegra Note 7, there is another tablet that also comes with almost identical specs like Tegra Note.

In fact, the tablet that i'm about to show you right now looks exactly just like Tegra Note from NVIDIA. That tablet is HP Slate 7 Extreme.

It has the same 7-inch 1280x800 pixel display, the same Tegra 4, 1GB of RAM and 72-core GPU, the same 5MP camera, the same stylus support and pretty much everything on this HP’s homemade tablet is the same one found on NVIDIA’s homemade Tegra Note.

So this means, HP Slate 7 Extreme will also be a perfect and ideal tablet for gaming, just like Tegra Note.

But we’ll get more on that later on the “gaming performance” section.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this tablet, then here you go, my personal review of HP Slate 7 Extreme.

But as usual, before checking out this review, let me give you first the heads up about this tablet.

Introduction

Ever since NVIDIA announced its Tegra 4 chipset, many people were amazed at how insanely powerful this SoC (System on Chip) for any mobile device that uses it.

Unfortunately though, there are not many Android tablet manufacturers that use this chipset on their devices.

Only Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, Tegra Note and Kobo Arc 10HD that are caught "red-handed" using this processor (not to mention Xiaomi mi3 smartphone).

And more sadly, NVIDIA lost the business with Google that preferred to use Qualcomm’s chipset for its Nexus 7 tablet.

Many believe the ones to blame are its limitation for other abilities besides gaming or graphics-related tasks, its over-heating problems and probably its cost.

Therefore, it’s really rare to see Tegra 4 devices on the market to date, despite being one of the most powerful chipsets and on par with even the Snapdragon 800 (or even more powerful).

And that’s why Google chooses Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset for its second-gen Google Nexus 7 (2013) in order to keep the cost low at $229, while adding 5MP camera and full HD 1920x1200 pixel display on this tablet.

The good news is, there are still many manufacturers that will be more than happier to make use of this powerful beast.

And one of them is HP or known as Hewlett Packard, one of the biggest companies in the world with its laptops, printers and many other computer-related products.

Despite being not really active in tablet market, this manufacturer finally shows its interest in this business lately by bringing its latest tablet line powered by NVIDIA’s latest and greatest chipset, Tegra 4.

Actually, HP already made some other tablets in the past, like HP Touch WebOS and other Android tablets, but the very latest tablet line from this company is HP Slate series.

And one of the devices powered by Tegra 4 is HP Slate 7 Extreme, while the other one is HP Slate 8 Pro, which i’m gonna share to you in the next article.

Interestingly, even though this tablet is made by HP, not NVIDIA, HP Slate 7 Extreme also comes with its own official stylus, the same one found also on Tegra Note, which is developed, designed and engineered by one company named N-Trig (which has been working for years to make the mobile writing experience feel as close to  pen-on-paper as possible), along with its technology.

Not to mention, this HP’s tablet also has the dedicated hole for the stylus on its back, which also can be found on NVIDIA’s Tegra Note.

So this makes me kind of think that one of the features provided by NVIDIA on Tegra 4 is the ability to do stylus-related tasks on tablets, as shown by NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, when introducing the Tegra Note tablet to the public.

So if a tablet, any tablet, is powered by this Tegra 4, that tablet will automatically have the ability to do any stylus-related tasks, thanks to the stylus touch technology that has been provided by NVIDIA on this chipset.

However, this will also come down to the manufacturers that produce the devices.

If they don’t want to make a note tablet, then they don’t have to provide the stylus to the device, even though the device is using Tegra 4.

For example are Asus Transformer Pad TF701T that is also powered by Tegra 4 but doesn’t have official stylus and its dedicated hole, and the other one is HP Slate 8 Pro.

Anyway, given that HP Slate 7 Extreme comes bundled with its official stylus, along with the hole, then this tablet will be positioned in the market as the challenger for Samsung GALAXY Note 8, Tegra Note 7 and Asus FonePad 6HD.

The question is, does this tablet stack up against other rivals, especially the Note 8? Well, we’re about to find out in my personal view and opinion of this tablet.

Design

In terms of design, HP did a great job in this sector.

Compared to other 7-inch rivals across the market, HP Slate 7 Extreme definitely has its own footprint that doesn’t look generic with other tablets out there on the market right now, which is great because it makes the tablet look unique.

The design of this tablet actually looks quite good, even compared to other competitors, say Kindle Fire HDX 7 or even Google Nexus 7 that just look "okay" for a tablet.

HTC One-alike tablet?
On the front side, as you can see, the top and bottom parts of this tablet have their own unique shapes, with the bottom and top areas having those 2 speaker grilles, which kind of reminds me with the design of NVIDIA's Tegra Note 7 that actually takes design cues (or blatantly copies, if you would), from HTC One smartphone with the same speaker grill areas on top and bottom.

This is actually not that surprising given that NVIDIA is indeed working with many manufacturer partners from EVGA, PNY, Advent, Gigabyte, Xolo, ZOTAC and of course, HP.

So they basically manufacturer this same tablet based on NVIDIA's original design of Tegra Note (with that "HTC One's front-speaker-grill design" and stylus), but with their own branding (according to the markets where they sell this tablet).

So no wonder if they all have the same exact concept design just like Tegra Note because this NVIDIA's tablet is used as a reference device for those manufacturers.

Okay - back to the topic.

Anyway, when it comes to bezels, i personally think that bezels of this tablet look huge, especially on top and bottom area.

The bezels are not that huge, but i think HP can do much better than that. But overall, i really like the design of this tablet.

It looks elegant, professional and unique compared to other 7-inch tablets that usually have generic design.

And i also love the back cover design of this tablet, it just looks perfect and so much even better than Kindle Fire HDX 7 or even Tegra Note 7, which both have those weird shapes on their back covers.

I think with this kind of design, especially its "HP" logo engraved on the center, HP Slate 7 Extreme can look so great when used by professionals or employees, even at the office.

I even believe that this tablet should be one of the tablets that office would use for its employees, like for doing presentations, demos, or anything.

Oh yeah, i almost forgot - this HP's tablet also has that one hole area to insert the stylus on the back, just like the one found on Tegra Note (and Samsung Galaxy Note series of course).

So HP Slate 7 Extreme basically is the HP's version of Tegra Note from NVIDIA.

This tablet may not have that aluminum material and premium feel just like the iPad Air or LG G Pad 8.3, but for me personally, this tablet already looks professional and elegant, which is 2 of the things that really matter on today’s tablets.

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  • No SIM
  • Released December 2013,
  • 7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels, (~216 ppi pixel density)
  • Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, HDR
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 16 GB Internal storage,
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • HDMI port
  • Java
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
  • Up to 10 hours 30 min (multimedia) Talk time
As a Tegra 4 tablet, HP Slate 7 Extreme already shows itself as the true challenger for even the high-end rivals out there given that Tegra 4 is just so powerful and on par with the top mobile processors like Snapdragon 800, Snapdragon 600 or A7 chip on Apple latest iOS devices.

The good news is, despite using a high-end processor, HP Slate 7 Extreme is still priced in low-end price range, which is amazing because with all of the goodies that are provided on this tablet, especially with its stylus and perfect touch response, then HP Slate 7 Extreme just doesn’t deserve to be positioned in low-to-mid end market.

This tablet indeed is on par with other big players, like Samsung GALAXY note 8, Kindle Fire 7 HDX, Google Nexus 7 or even iPad mini 2 (and even iPad Air if this HP’s tablet is packing a 10-inch display), of course in terms of performance, not the whole thing.

HP Slate 7 Extreme comes with many great specs on it, despite being a $199 budget tablet.

It has a 7-inch 1280x800 pixel display, which translates to 720p display and already looks great and sharp enough for a 7-inch display.

This display is also on par with the same 720p 7-inch display on Tegra Note 7 or first-gen Google Nexus 7.

However, for other $199 rivals, HP Slate 7 Extreme and Tegra Note 7 will not be as impressive as the second-gen Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX 7, which both are sporting a full HD 1920x1200 pixel display, the second highest display resolution on tablet market, after the 2.5K or 2560x1600 pixel display.

And then there are also a quad-core Tegra 4 processor clocked at 1.8GHz per core, 1GH of RAM, 72-core of GeForce ULP GPU, 5MP rear-facing camera, a stylus and its hole, stylus-dedicated features and apps, a microSD card slot for up to 32GB, 4100mAh battery and all bunch of other cool features.

With all of these goodies, then it’s just really hard for me to not recommend this tablet to you, especially if you’re looking for a budget tablet that has one of the best gaming performances on the market, powerful hardware, good display, great camera, long lasting battery life, gorgeous and professional looking design and great features all over its software.

And the most importantly, this tablet is made by HP, which we all already know as the top notch manufacturer in laptop market.

Screen

This tablet may not have that full HD 1920x1200 pixel display just like the one found on today’s $199 rivals like Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX.

However, this is actually great because by using only a 720p display (1280x800 pixel), then it means the HP Slate 7 Extreme will have much faster performance and longer battery life given that the Tegra 4 chipset inside this tablet is only tasked to deliver the power to the medium resolution display.

So this chipset won’t have to bring a lot of pixels just like on other higher 1920x1200 pixel display tablets.

Not to mention, by using this medium 720p display, the tablet will not have the over-heating problem just like on other Tegra 4 devices with highest 2560x1600 pixel display, say, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T.

So with that being said, then the 7-inch 1280x800 pixel display on HP Slate 7 Extreme must still be considered as great or even perfect match for this device.

I mean, it already looks gorgeous and sharp for the 7-inch display on this tablet, which is small.

So watching HD movies, reading books or magazines or playing games will still look so great and sharp on this display.

And the performance is also fast because Tegra 4 is just so insanely powerful for today’s standards.

Features

As a note-dedicated tablet, then HP Slate 7 Extreme will also have a bunch of features dedicated to its stylus.

Just like Tegra Note, this tablet also comes pre-installed with some stylus-dedicated features and apps, with other addition of apps from HP itself, like a printer app and some other more.

And given that HP has been really great in making laptop, then you can also expect the same thing on this tablet.

The features will be great, the software can run seamlessly and the performance will be fast and smooth.

User Interface

The good thing is, HP doesn’t make a significant change to the default User Interface of stock Android OS.

It looks quite standard just like any other Android tablets out there that use stock Android UI, with the standard icons, homescreen, widgets, features and pretty much everything, which is great because it will not inundate the memory of this tablet, so the performance will be blazing fast and smooth.

Besides, this tablet is only armed with 1GB of RAM and having some heavy UI and pre-loaded apps or bloatwares, like Sony Xperia or Samsung GALAXY devices, will just decrease the free memory on this tablet, thus making it run laggy and slow, which in turn could drain the battery life much even faster.

So it’s good to see that this tablet only comes with the standard UI of stock Android, of course with some additions of stylus-dedicated features.

Long story short, the Android UI of this tablet is as stock as the UI of Tegra Note.

Performance

When it comes to performance, HP Slate 7 Extreme really screams. And really loud (lol..).

Any device, any tablet, with Tegra 4, 1GB of RAM and 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, will run extremely fast and smooth, even for doing some heavy tasks at once. And the fact that this tablet is only packing a 720p display, then it will make the performance of this tablet much even faster.

Even with a full HD 1920x1200 pixel display or a 2.5K display (2560x1500), Tegra 4 is already able to perform really fast and smooth.

So if the display is only using a medium resolution like 720p, then HP Slate 7 Extreme will perform much even faster and smoother than those using Tegra 4 with 1080p or 2.5K display.

So watching movies, reading books or magazines, browsing the web or even playing games, all of these tasks can be executed perfectly well by the hardware of this tablet.

Watching HD movies or tv shows will be smooth and they look sharp and crisp on this device, thanks to its powerful hardware and sharp display.

Browsing the web will also gain the advantages from this powerful monster specs.

The web pages, even the heavy ones, will load faster because the rendering of the graphics has been taken care by its 72-core GPU.

Sliding the screen of the browser is also smooth and the processing of the page is really fast, again, thanks to the 72-core GPU on its Tegra 4.

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Besides watching movies, reading books and browsing the web, the other thing that will get the most benefits from the monster specs inside this tablet is definitely playing games.

If you’re a big fan of tablet games and always want to be able to play the latest games on Google Play Store in smooth performance and in full graphics, then HP Slate 7 Extreme has you covered.

With the monster goodies like a quad-core 1.8GHz Tegra 4, 1GB of RAM and 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, then this tablet is more than capable to run any games across the Google Play Store.

From older games like PES 2012, Need for Speed Undercover, Minion Rush (Despicable Me), to even the latest and the most graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2, GTA Vice City, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Horn, GT Racing 2 or GTA San Andreas, all of these games can run perfectly and smoothly without any lag, plus in full graphics on this tablet.

As a matter of fact, besides Tegra Note, i think this HP Slate 7 Extreme is also one of the $199 budget tablets with the best gaming performance out there on the market, alongside Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Kindle Fire 7 HDX.

So if you’re looking for a budget tablet with the best gaming performance, then HP Slate 7 Extreme is definitely one of best choices out there.



Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of HP Slate7 Extreme, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

Just like Tegra Note, this HP’s tablet is also equipped with 5MP camera on its back.

The photo and video quality of this tablet may not be as great as other popular high-end tablets, like iPad or Samsung GALAXY note 10.1.

However, it’s still good to see this tablet come with that 5MP rear-facing camera.

Who knows, this camera might come in handy in case you forgot to bring your digital camera or smartphone at your disposal.

Besides, i believe its camera quality is not that bad for a budget tablet like this one.

In fact, based on what i've seen on the photo quality of NVIDIA Tegra Note (which is the "identical twin" of HP Slate 7 Extreme), that NVIDIA's tablet proved can deliver some decent quality shots with its camera. So with that being said, then you can also expect the same thing with this HP's tablet.

Not to mention, given that HP Slate 7 Extreme is basically the same exact tablet as NVIDIA Tegra Note, you'll also get one great camera app called "Camera Awesome", which is still exclusive for iOS devices, NVIDIA Tegra Note and this HP Slate 7 Extreme.

The camera of HP Slate 7 Extreme may not be as impressive as the camera of iPad or Samsung's flagship tablets, but at least, it still can get the job done, especially if you only want to show off the photos on your social media accounts, like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Battery Life

HP Slate 7 Extreme comes with a 4100mAh power battery.

This battery capacity may not as huge as other 7-inch tablets out there, say iPad Air with its 8030mAh battery or Google Nexus 10 and Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 with their staggering 9000mAh power battery.

However, given that HP Slate 7 Extreme is only packing a 720p display, then the 4100mAh battery inside this tablet is already enough to keep the engine going for one solid day.

However, if you’re gonna use this tablet for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen, like watching HD movies in marathon, or playing games in the row, then you can only expect this tablet to last around 6 to 8 hours of battery life, which is still considered as great for today’s standards, if not the best.

My Personal Opinions

So to sum this up, just like my impression with Tegra Note, i also feel the same way with this HP Slate 7 Extreme.

This tablet is also impressive in many ways.

I really love how this tablet is powered by one of my favorite mobile processors last year, Tegra 4. With this beast chipset, without a doubt, this tablet screams.

It runs super fast, smooth and free of any lag whatsoever.

I also like the rest of its spec sheet, a 1280x800 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, 5MP camera, 4100mAh battery, not to mention, its entire design, which in my opinion, is better than the design of Kindle Fire HDX.

I also like how this tablet also comes bundled with the official stylus, which is designed, developed and manufactured by a company named N-trig.

So i believe the quality will be good. With this stylus, this tablet is definitely more useful than any other 7-inch tablets out there.

Not to mention, the advanced touch response technology that NVIDIA provides on the Tegra 4 inside this tablet is also incredible and even could match the touch response of Samsung GALAXY note 8.

And last but not least, this tablet is definitely made for gaming, thanks to its Tegra 4.

With this chipset, accompanied with 1GB of RAM and staggering 72-core of GeForce GPU, HP Slate 7 Extreme is just a perfect gaming tablet on the market right now.

This tablet is more than capable to run even the latest and the most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, GTA Vice City or GTA San Andreas, all in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics, which is really important for many hardcore tablet gamers out there.

So with that being said, then it’s just easy for me to recommend this tablet for you.
  • It has good display (if not the best),
  • powerful hardware,
  • fast performance,
  • long lasting battery life,
  • great gaming performance,
  • great touch response on its stylus (that even almost matches the experience of writing on real paper with pen or brush),
  • professional looking design
  • and the most importantly, the support of microSD card slot, which CAN’T be found on other $199 rivals like Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX.
So yeah, HP Slate 7 Extreme is just a great choice for you, especially if you’re looking for a budget tablet with great gaming performance.

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