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HP, $199, due April. hp.com/slate Its first tablet com­puter re­lease did not go as planned, but HP is tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach­with its sec­ond. The HP Slate 7 is de­signed as an ‘‘af­ford­able’’ tablet, with a start­ing price of $199. As such, the de­vice does not fea­ture cut­ting-edge spec­i­fi­ca­tions, but enough to keep you en­ter­tained. The Google An­droid tablet uses a 1.6GHz dual-core chip, 1GB RAM and a wi-fi in­ter­net con­nec­tion rather than a 3G one. It has a 16GB ca­pac­ity for videos, doc­u­ments and pho­tos, and a 3-megapixel cam­era on its back. The 7-inch tablet is heav­ier than some of its larger ri­vals, at 370g, but its price should leave cash to buy an ap­pro­pri­ate travel satchel.

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