updated 06:00 pm EST, Mon March 8, 2010
HP promo shows AIR, Flash, small keyboard
HP has put up a new video (seen below) of its Windows 7 slate in a direct jab at the iPad. The clip shows the tablet running Adobe's Flash for sites like Hulu as well as AIR for out-of-browser apps like Pandora radio. The presenters add that Flash on the tablet is boosted by hardware and should support HD video for "hours and hours" on a battery charge.
The spot is clearly backed by Adobe and repeats the company's vocal but indirect critcisms of Apple. It notes that 85 percent of the top 100 sites on ranking site Alexa use some form of Flash, while 75 percent of video on the web uses Flash. That users don't have to load a separate app is also considered a plus.
Besides the plugin content, HP has also shown some of the first instances of customization for the interface: the slate now has a "home" area, a slightly modified web browser and large icons with clear touch areas. However, the company has also revealed that the current on-screen keyboard is virtually unchanged from Microsoft's and is much smaller than what the iPad offers.
HP still only expects its tablet to ship sometime later this year, but it isn't believed to have hardware far along enough in development to follow after the iPad's early April release.