The HP Slate Windows Tablet is finally here.
The HP Slate Windows 7 Tablet got waved around in front of us back at the CES 2010 by Steve Ballmer. Now HP has announced the HP Slate 500 Windows 7 Tablet specifically for business and enterprise. They try to avoid competing with the Apple iPad by doing this and also to be able to argue why the price for the Atom based HP Slate 500 is $799. The 64GB iPad Wi-Fi+3G is $30 more expensive, but the HP Slate 500 has no 3G.
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So what do businesses get for their hard earned money? The HP Slate 500 features an 8.9-inch screen, 1.86Ghz Intel Atom Z540 CPU, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 3MP camera, Webcam and Wi-Fi. The HP Slate 500 comes with handwriting recognition software and weighs only 1.5lb.
Engadget has posted a hands-on report of the new HP Slate 500. At this point you cannot compare it to the iPad as the HP Sate 500 has no consumer features. We will have to wait until 2011 until Microsoft takes Windows 7 and the eco-system they built for the Windows Phone 7 and makes it available for Tablets.
You can get notified on the availability of the HP Slate 500 here.
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