updated 12:50 am EST, Thu January 7, 2010
HP slate and Android smartbook in works
(Updated with smartbook photos) As rumored, Microsoft at its CES 2010 keynote showed off an HP-designed tablet computer. The "slate" is completely new and lacks a physical keyboard, instead relying on capacitive touch. It also runs on Windows 7, sports multi-touch and adjusts for the orientation of the display, suggesting it has both an x86-based processor and an accelerometer.
In CEO Steve Ballmer's presentation, the slate was running Amazon's Kindle app for Windows, hinting at an e-book focus. Neither HP nor Microsoft has provided further hardware details, though official press shots and a video (available below) have been made public.
The slate is due sometime later this year and will be accompanied by a smartbook running Android, a prototype of which should be viewable tomorrow. The hardware will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, but little else is known about how close it is to production. HP seems to be gauging interest with the device, and does not reveal any details, short of that it has "all day battery life" like a smartphone, and an instant-on mode. It also relies on flash memory and therefore has no fans.
HP smartbook with Android OS