The video story from the Mobile World Congress is brought to us by Syracuse Channel 9 and John Muller (Feb. 25, 2013). The MWC just kicked off today and ends on Feb. 28 in Barcelona, Spain. You can "participate" in the MWC by viewing their live stream feed. Mr. Muller tells us of two gadgets that may be of interest - one from Hewlett Packard and the other from Samsung. We searched the exhibitor list and can't verify that HP has a booth at the MWC but they may just have a "presence". Samsung has a "dual exhibit" - one from South Korea and the other from Germany.
The new HP Slate 7 tablet is scheduled to drop on us in April. With all the bad things that HP has been going through and previous prices on Slates there may be little interest in the new one. Previous prices for the Slate/s ranged widely but the new one currently carries an MSRP of about $169. Like the HP copy suggests that would appear to be an amazing price for the Android 4.1 platform tablet. Additional "Care Pack" services and "Device Protection" are available for additional cost. The PR states that the screen size is 7" and weighs 13 ounces. The weight seems favorable compared to an iPad.
The amount of storage is still being searched by us. The storage of the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet is reported below*. Perhaps we will get more details released daily? The 8.0 is said to be available worldwide in the second quarter of the year. This may be the more interesting of the two devices with its S Pen and ChatOn (the Samsung global mobile communication service) technology. We now have 2 way communications with a tablet? This may be a "firstie" (?). The S Pen gives you another method to interface with this device. Mr. Muller mentioned that you can't do that with an iPad.
Like the Slate 7 the Galaxy Note 8.0 also has a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor. As its name implies it has a slightly larger 8" display. It has a slightly newer 4.1.2 Android API. *The 8.0 features a 2 GB RAM memory plus 16/32 GB (upgrades?). A microSD extends that up to 64 GB. Its a little lighter - its gram mass converts to about 12 ounces. It’s no comparison but, the HP Slate 7 has a micro USB port.