Slate 7, the first Android 4.1 powered budget-friendly tablet from HP is now up for pre-orders in the UK for a quite affordable price of £129 (including VAT). This price tag makes the HP Slate 7 cheaper than the Google Nexus 7 which costs £159 in the same region.

At MWC 2013, HP officially launched this sleek slab with its European availability set to Q1 of this year, and as promised, the tab is scheduled to hit the stores in the UK starting from May 1st.

Slate 7 is priced at the lower end of the tablet market and is designed carefully to appeal its customers. Its stainless-steel frame packs a 7-inch display with resolution of 1024×600 pixels. Further, it features the HFFS panel which offers pleasant viewing experiences to the owners.

The hardware of Slate 7 is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB RAM, an 8GB of internal memory which can be expanded via MicroSD card, a micro USB port, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

The tab features a 3-megapixel primary, and 0.3-megapixel VGA secondary camera. It also sports Beats Audio stereo speakers. It offers support for WiFi 802.11 b / g / n, USB 2.0 & Bluetooth 2.1.

Slate 7 is pretty much similar in dimensions to the Google Nexus 7 tablets measuring 10.7 x 197 x 116 mm and weighing 370g. In addition to the visual enhancements, it comes pre-loaded with HP ePrint, HP Native Android Print, and other Google Mobile services like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and many more.

The willing buyers can book the silver variant of Slate 7 on the official online store of HP-UK. The tablet is still waiting to land in the US and other countries, as well. It seems that the delay in worldwide availability of the HP Slate 7 will put the tab in a big competition with Nexus 7 and the next-generation Nexus 7 which will also get announced in upcoming months.