Hewlett-Packard first gave us a peek at their Slate tablet way back at CES 2010. Now the real thing is finally here, but it may not be the iPad alternative some consumers have been waiting for.
The HP Slate has finally arrived, and it holds few surprises. The HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is a 9” tab running Windows 7 and including an SD card slot, front and rear-facing cameras, a docking connector and USB port. On the inside, it’s packing a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD hard drive, a Broadcom Crystal HD chip for HD video playback and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, but no 3G connectivity.
According to report, in HP device what it lacks is specialized touch interfaces, and the default Windows onscreen keyboard makes it difficult to do much of anything without using the included stylus or an external keyboard. The Slate is aimed at business and industrial customers, who are likely to be using their own custom software, but it’s not likely to attract the users who have become spoiled by iPad’s effortless touchscreen technology and multitude of apps.
To put it simply, the HP Slate is all business but not much fun. The HP Slate 500 is sold only as a bundle, with the tablet, docking stand, carrying case and stylus going for $799 at hp.com.