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HP Slate Specifications Leak, Matches Netbooks

Gordon Kelly


HP Slate Specifications Leak, Bests Netbooks

Need an iPad alternative? This miiiiight be it:

Specs have leaked for HP's much anticipated Slate tablet and they netbook-tastic. Which actually isn't a great thing given netbooks pack about as much performance as a dandelion in a hurricane. That said, there are saving graces...

Getting the meh out of the way first we have a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 (you say Atom, I say why bother?), 1GB of RAM (a real killer), and Intel integrated graphics. Yes, the saving graces need to be good, but thankfully they are with a Broadcom Crystal HD chip enabling 1080p video playback and 32GB of solid state memory meaning it should still perform to a decent level.

Furthermore, HP has slapped in an 8.9in 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive multi-touch display and while Windows 7 may not have the finger friendliness of iPhone OS it's a nice extra. On top of this is optional integrated 3G (using a standard sim), a USB port, SDHC slot. HDMI out and dual cameras (3MP on the back, VGA on the front). Yes it is like HP wanted to highlight iPad deficiencies.

On top of this the Slate is slightly lighter than the iPad (0.67Kg vs 0.68Kg), though its (removable) battery manages just five hours - half that of the iPad's 10 hours.

A late April/early May release date is on the cards and at $599 the HP Slate retails for exactly the same as a 32GB iPad. Game on...


via Engadget


April 7, 2010, 10:24 am

the slate screen resolution is a little let down. couldn't they bump it up even a little?


April 7, 2010, 10:59 am

@Gordon - you say it's battery is removable... The spec. sheet say non-user-replaceable :-/


April 7, 2010, 12:04 pm

Doesn't this tablet miss the point? Fine, make it low powered (although you should be getting a decent battery life), its primary purpose is to run a browser and a media player, that's it. Putting Windows7 on it (nice thou Win7 is) won't make for the best experience and will load the thing with all the usual hassles and an interface designed for something else.

I'd say a better bet would be low power, low cost Android tablets as long as they have a high enough resolution they will be cheaper and easier to use and it was designed for touch from the start.


April 7, 2010, 12:37 pm

Actually I believe that the z5xx series chipset supports 1080p (obviously only in a special codec)as opposed to a broadcom card. Also the z530 series has quite low power consumption relative to an atom N450


April 7, 2010, 12:45 pm

It's the presence of Windows that will critically spoil the package.

A desktop machine UI just doesn't translate to any other form factor well - Apple has understood this for a long time, and maybe with the new Windows Phone OS (or whatever it's called this week) MS is finally getting this as well. But HP isn't there yet.

And bolting on some sort of custom Windows shell isn't the answer either because Windows is too near the surface; the transition between shell and vanilla Windows will surprise and alienate everyone.

Nice hardware though; maybe HP should ship their Slate with Android, or buy WebOS from Palm and ship that instead.


April 7, 2010, 12:57 pm

The raw specs are completely irrelevant. The iPad runs effortlessly smooth; you KNOW the HP slate is gonna be a jerky piece of crap with an awful software experience.


April 7, 2010, 1:15 pm

I agree with ILTMH, the screen resolution is a bit of an odd choice, surely it should have been a full 720p capable screen? Or were they deliberately dropping the resolution a little lower so the icons etc of Windows 7 were more finger friendly?

The Courier is definitely going to be the iPad killer if it actually comes out mainly because it's a device with an actual use case in mind when designed rather than the iPad which has started off as a bit of a solution looking for a problem...


April 7, 2010, 1:24 pm

I think I'd still rather have a device with the option of a full qwerty keyboard (built in) so that I could type easily. Netbook anyone? lol.


April 7, 2010, 1:36 pm

HD Video support and a none HD screen? Seems pointless to me, ok it has a HDMI port but who is going to plug an essential highly portable device repeatedly into there TV to watch HD contain, you'd just get a WDTV Live.

If only HP gave it a 720p capable screen.

Ala Miah

April 7, 2010, 1:55 pm

If the touch screen is as good as the iPad then If i ever do replace my netbook. HP Slate the device i will be looking to buy.


April 7, 2010, 1:58 pm

Surely the words "iPhone OS" should be highlighted as a big red HP threat?


April 7, 2010, 2:00 pm

@ilovethemonkeyhead > I agree with you. That resolution is so netbook 2008 and one of the reasons I've recently given up on getting a netbook and went for a Sony Vaio instead. It's not as if the HP is any smaller in overall size either, it's actually bigger and yet has a smaller screen and resolution.


April 7, 2010, 2:12 pm

>though its (removable) battery manages just five hours

The image suggests that the battery is non-customer replaceable - this would be a killer for me with only 5 hours battery life! Which is correct?


April 7, 2010, 4:01 pm

Anyone who has used a "tablet PC" or UMPC in the past knows that Windows is totally NOT suitable for a tablet. Powerful yes, usable not quite. I am sure future buyers of this will be disappointed by the performance and finger-usability, plus other things like time to resume from hibernation, battery life, heat, etc.

What we really need, is a tablet-reworked version of Android/MeeGo/etc on ARM-based hardware.


April 7, 2010, 4:36 pm

I heard removable battery, but I guess we'll see.

@John - yes and no, depends what type of functionality you need.

@ScotW - again, what I said to John.

Neil B

April 7, 2010, 4:58 pm

This form-factor is completely pointless regardless of who's making it. It didn't work back when Samsung (I think) made a portable Windows machine (the Q... something) and it won't work now. The key factor will always be battery life. I have a portable media player in the shape of a Cowon D2 that lasts for 50 hours of continuous music playback, great for taking on holiday. I have a phone that I can use for surfing the web. Anything more strenuous then I can use the laptop. Anything that can replace all three will lose the good aspects of all of them (small form-factor phone, large form-factor laptop etc..) and will therefore always be a compromise.


April 7, 2010, 5:05 pm

Having a full os - esp MS Win7 with its tablet functionality is much more preferable to a rotting Apple of a tablet!

There will be better tablets soon also but this seams a nice attempt.

Are peops just looking for a media player as opposed to a computer?

I have an old convertable Tablet PC 10" one running WinXP tab ed. and it a underpowered but a great concept and with modern processors even lowly Atoms - these new tablet should make good devices.


April 7, 2010, 6:10 pm

Both this and the iPad are at extreme ends of what a 10" tablet should be. The iPad is likely to run well and has a good screen but it's locked down nature isn't going to work in the long run and the slate isn't going to run well with a Z230 and Windows 7 unless HP have pulled of a miracle (if the flash storage is a fast SSD then that should help).

Unfortunately as there aren't any ready made small tablet OSs any launch that wants to take advantage of the current excitement is going to have to be backed by a big company. We can pretty much rule out the Taiwanese bunch (Asus, Samsung etc.) as they're rubbish at software which doesn't leave that many companies with the manpower to pull something off. AMD and Via have both been fairly quiet on this front though.


April 7, 2010, 6:30 pm

These aren't really comparable devices to my eyes. The Slate is more netbook whereas the iPad is more iPhone. They've arrived at the same form factor from opposite directions, but aren't particularly alike. I suppose it really depends what you want from your tablet - longevity and usability or productivity and flexibility, but right now neither seems to offer the perfect solution.


April 8, 2010, 3:54 pm

that pic is wrong it compares the wrong prices and should be a HP Advantage.

$549 - $599 for a 32GB device v $599 for the iPad 32GB version

But thats only if you are being generous, considering the Slate also has 3G is should be

$549 - $599 (32GB Slate) v $729 (32GB iPad w/ 3G and Wi-Fi)

someone else prob already noticed though ;)


April 10, 2010, 12:23 pm

Slate PC with Windows 7 = NICE :-)


Are you listening HP?


April 12, 2010, 6:22 pm

Well, its very nice, but where is the Microsoft Courier please?

As has been mentioned before, Windows 7 (no matter how well skinned) will not work on a tablet PC, its too complex. The Courier looked to be the ulimate tablet IMO and easily an iPad beater, so can you release it ASAP please microsoft>?

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