A device that made its deabuit last January in the hands of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, is now an official HP product, the HP Slate.
As you would expect of a divice held by a Microsoft employee, the HP Slate 500 runs Windows 7 complete with a built in Ctrl-Alt-Del button. The Slate 500, is touted by HP as a business product.
Available on HP’s site for $799, the 8.9-inch capacitive touch screen Slate comes with a dock and case, powered by a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB SSD and Broadcom’s Crystal HD accelerator for 1080p video. The dock has an HDMI-out port. It has a front facing VGA cam and 3 megapixel camera on its back.
Its main draw back is that it runs Windows 7 which is not a good tablet interface for the casual user. While everyone else knows that a full desktop OS squeezed into a tablet doesn’t work, Microsoft and HP are yet to catch on.
Having said that HP acquired Palm a while back and while there are no official rumblings about the release of WebOS tablet on it’s way from HP we expect you will see one shortly.
HP’s Slate is a business product aimed at all the sectors that use touch/pen entry. These include hospitality, insurance, retail, restaurants.
HP’s webOS tablets will be a lot more exciting and they will be better suited to where the tablet market is heading, not where it stagnated for years.