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HP Slate Gets Official Runs Windows 7


HP Slate Gets Official Runs Windows 7

After a long, long wait, HP’s tablet has finally been officially unveiled. The device is called the HP Slate 500, and will have an 8.9in screen and weigh 0.68Kg, placing it between the 9.7in iPad and the many 7in tablets about to hit the market. It will cost $799, as much as a higher end iPad.

HP said back in August that a Windows powered Slate would arrive this year, and that a WebOS flavoured one will follow next year. Sure enough, this Slate is a pure Windows 7 machine – without any customised UI. Logically, this machine is aimed directly as the businesses, and by getting it to market first, HP is clearly looking to get its foot under the corporate door well before RIM launches its PlayBook.

Spec wise it will offer a 1,024 x 600 capacitance display (less resolution than the iPad), and is powered by an Atom Z540, with 2GB RAM and a 64GB SSD. It has a VGA camera on the front and a 3-megapixel camera on the rear. There are no claims as to battery life at this point, but we do wonder if this could be a weak point.

We’re not convinced that using Windows 7 on a screen will be that much fun, and the supplied stylus for writing on the screen makes it feel very much like the second coming of Microsoft’s failed tablet PC – only without the keyboard.

There’s no official release date set but it will be coming to the US first. However, our eye is already set on the much more interesting sounding WebOS version slated (yes, pun) for next year.


October 22, 2010, 4:18 pm

$799? But I thought it was Apple that was charging a premium for all of its products!

Looks like smooth sailing for the iPad for the foreseeable future.


October 22, 2010, 4:41 pm

Spotted this elsewhere this morning. Nice looking piece of kit and hits most of the right chords specs/looks wise. $800 (and therefore most likely £800) is pretty steep for regular users but this will be aimed at the business user IMO.

Im not 100% convinced on Windows as a UI either but Im a big fan of the ExoPC and what its setting out to achieve. It has a great looking custom UI but can be switched to the Windows 7 screen for regular use (as regular as you can get with a touch screen). I like that concept as from a tablet I would like to install whatever I like rather than be limited to apps and what not.

Horses for courses and all that though and no doubt there will be a split in the tablet market - those wanting an ease of use, iPad style experience and those wanting a more customisable approach.


October 22, 2010, 5:27 pm

Theres a big difference in useability between a standard stylus and an active digitiser. This sort of machine would be superb in lectures to take notes on for example.


October 22, 2010, 6:39 pm

Here's my question with this particular tablet. It's relaviely large and bulky but requires you to use a stylus. Is that really going to be possible holding the tablet in one hand or are you going to have to brace it somehow? If that IS the case then, really, I can't help but feel most users (even business users) would be better off with a small laptop.

As for Windows 7 on a tablet I'm still not convinced. There's just too many areas that are designed for keyboard / mouse input, too many fiddly little tasks and too few benefits to the end user for making the switch. I'm sure Windows 8 will be better but I can't for the life of me understand why MS aren't doing a WP7 build for tablets, seems like such a perfect fit.


October 22, 2010, 7:22 pm

I am a very happy user of HP touchsmart tm2 tablet and would love to have similar functionality in an even slimmer package, tm2 is waaaaaay more versatile than an ipad but unfortunately a lot heavier too. I recommend trustedreviews to take a look at HP tm2 as a preview of the avalanche of Win7 tablets to come. I also strongly agree with what is mentioned in another comment, an active digitiser such as the one in the tm2 is excellent for note taking and makes a tablet much more useful.


October 22, 2010, 10:54 pm

Writing from my tm2!


October 23, 2010, 6:03 pm

I bet they wont market it has business though! Which it might well pass for, as the apps running would be custom built. But for a consumer Windows 7 just doesn't have the usability (unless you add a massive GUI layer on top, of the already bloated OS)

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