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HP slate saddled with 5-hour battery, $549 price

updated 07:20 pm EDT, Mon April 5, 2010

HP tablet to have short life but 1080p

The HP slate's battery will last half as long as the iPad's, a leaked presentation showed on Monday. Since it will use a year-old 1.6GHz Atom processor, the Windows 7 tablet will run for five hours where the ARM-powered Apple device will last for at least 10 hours. The edge, Engadget has learned, would come even despite the HP tablet's smaller and lower resolution 8.9-inch, 1024x600 screen.

Cost would also be an issue. An HP slate should cost less for 32GB of storage, at $549 versus $599, but Apple will still carry the price advantage at $499. A 64GB HP model would be the best value at $599.

Most of HP's advantage should come from expansion and limited HD support. The slate should have the same Broadcom Crystal HD video decoder as some netbooks and will support decoding 1080p video, but will be incapable of modern 3D gaming. It should have a single USB port but will also carry an SDXC card reader, HDMI, a 3-megapixel back camera and a VGA front camera for video chats. Pen support is cited as an advantage, although the iPad can support capacitive touch pens of its own.

HP's device would also carry the same 1.5-pound weight in spite of its smaller frame.

The revelations show that HP fully intends to target the iPad when the slate eventually ships but that the hardware will struggle to compete against similarly priced netbooks. An ASUS Eee PC T101MT is thicker and heavier but also costs $40 less while using a larger screen, a modern Atom processor and longer battery life.


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  1. slapppy

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    Joined: Mar 2008

    +11

    Twice the Spec

    All HP has to do is double up on the Spec Feature count. Actually add more stuff, like "on, off, standby toggle switch" and "five USB ports" and "SVGA/VGA/HDMI/SVideo/Composite" and "Dual Removable Battery Bay" and "BR/DVD/CD/R-RW/DL Drive" and "three cameras" and "Stereo Speakers w/Subwoofer" and "Slide Out Ultra Thin Keyboard" and "Infrared/RF/BT/WiFi/3G/Wimax/4G" and "HD added on all features". Yeah I think that will do it. People will forget the silly 3 hours max ( if your luck ) run time.

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  1. archer75

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    Joined: Aug 2006

    -28

    I like the specs on the HP...

    I don't much care about battery life. 5 hours is more than enough for me. The resolution may be slightly lower but ti's widescreen and that is more usable to me. And the better video.

    Having an SD slot is the bigger winner for me. HDMI out is icing on the cake.

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  1. archer75

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    Joined: Aug 2006

    -32

    One more thing...

    Oh, and running a real OS is a big win. The iphone OS is way too limiting for my needs. I'd be a lot more excited about the ipad if it was running snow leopard.

  1. jdsonice@gmail.com

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2009

    +13

    Crapware

    HP c***, underpowered, overweight, overpriced junk. They are going to target iPad. yeah sure. I think they meant they will be the target.

  1. bjojade

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2007

    +13

    1080p video?

    Who the heck cares if it only has a 1024X600 screen....

  1. rtamesis

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2000

    +14

    Geekware

    This is a device designed and made by geeks for geeks, who want every feature on the planet in the device. It should be a bestseller then like every tablet PC before it.

  1. imactheknife

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 2003

    +9

    slated for the trash before it ships

    More features doesn't always mean better and who wants windows anyways....big win...NOT

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +9

    Surprising

    Year-old and (despite the higher rating) probably slower chip ... lower rez ... half the battery ... not a dedicated touchscreen OS ... for (essentially) the same price? Where do I sign up? :)

    Just kidding, but seriously this no longer seems like much of a threat. For all the people here and elsewhere who said they weren't going to buy a Gen-1 iPad, this thing screams "will be replaced by something better in six months" at least TWICE as loudly.

    Nice try, no cigar, HP.

  1. neilw

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jun 2000

    -2

    Awful headline

    I'm not a fan of the Slate, but what a ridiculously biased headline. "Saddled with". Geez. I hope to see articles in the future entitled "iPad saddled with 256 MB RAM", and such.

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009

    +2

    The iPad


    appears to have the upper hand with battery life, screen size and price point. But the HP Slate does have some advantages - memory expansion, USB, camera... And you should be able to tether this device to your phone (a huge plus).

    The question is, what will the average user find more useful to them? Only time will tell.

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