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HP Sends the First Win7 Slate Out to Battle iPad
Called the HP Slate 500 the device is positioned as business’s alternative to Apple’s iPad
By: Maureen O'Gara
Nov. 1, 2010 08:15 AM
Making no splash about it and apparently limiting sales to the U.S., Hewlett-Packard quietly introduced the first and only Windows 7-based tablet PC last Friday. The thing's got a swipe-able touchscreen that can turn handwritten notes into legible text.
Called the HP Slate 500 - no news there - the device is positioned as business's alternative to Apple's iPad although it has a smaller 8.9-inch screen compared to iPad's 9.7 inches, which Steve Jobs claims is as small as you can get and still be practical. It still should be able to play high-def movies and supports the Apple-scorned Flash.
HP imagines companies running their custom applications on the thing.
It starts at $799, which is towards the upper end of iPad's $499-$829 range. HP is going to use its own recently acquired Palm webOS for a consumer (and probably business) tablet coming out next year.
The Slate 500 runs on a 1.86 GHz Atom chip and includes 802.11n WiFi, a USB port (for a real keyboard and mouse), front- and rear-facing cameras (think web conferencing) and up to 64 GB of flash storage. It does not have 3G connectivity. It's got a docking station.
The 1.5lb dingus ships on November 12. It's promising five hours of battery life.
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