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Counter-rumor says HP slate still on track

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Fri April 30, 2010

HP may not have cancelled Windows tablet

An uncommon opposing rumor today insisted that the HP slate was still in development. An unnamed but presumably HP-connected source rejected the idea that HP had canceled the tablet and said the notion itself was odd. Dropping it would be "improbable if not even an impossible" idea, the NetbookNews tipster said.

The cancellation would be somewhat uncharacteristic for HP, as the touchscreen hardware could be ready to ship as soon as June. HP's buyout of Palm was nonetheless unexpected on its own and was completed with tablets partly in mind, indicating that HP is willing to break away from Microsoft for future tablets.

The Windows tablet's success has been cast into doubt as it could cost $549 but have as much usable storage as a $499 iPad while mustering half the battery life. Assuming specifications haven't changed beyond a leaked presentation, it would be using a more than year-old Atom procesor and would have only a specialized Broadcom chip to accelerate HD. It would count on the presence of a webcam and a full desktop OS as its main selling points.

HP still hasn't commented in either direction regarding the rumors.

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  1. brainiac

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    I heard a rumor...

    I heard a rumor that they are going to enhance the user experience by placing little k**** in the bottom left and right corners of the device.

  1. brainiac

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    Give me a break

    MacNN filters-out the word k.n.o.b.s? The filter makes innocent comments seem a lot dirtier than they are.

  1. spyintheskyuk

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    The grapevine

    Strange then that HP have failed to deny the rumours officially and prefer to encourage unspecified persons to secretly deny the truth of it. The tablet as previously announced seems clearly to be a no go which explains the lack of official clarification while these new officially encouraged unofficial rumours are intended to hopefully (for them) muddy the waters and obscure the full implication until they can put together some official line announcing a tablet that isn't quite the tablet that was intended and hope the time lapse will obscure the significance.

  1. charlituna

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    i suspect

    that the truth is that the Slate is not cancelled but it might not be Windows based, provided they have a way to cut that tie.

  1. tundaman

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    Stunt moves that just got wrong

    It seems obvious that Baldmer's Slate too-early presentation was a stunt played to undermine all the hype that surrounded the launch of the iPad and try to make M$ and HP seem not too far behind in the technology race, just like that sad mock-up Courier thing that M$ tried to pull off, that is already history.

    Both of them sunken at their own high expectations, when they probably figured out why Apple spent the last 2 years trying to create and perfecting the iPad concept(hardware, software and ecosys) before it went public.

    Sorry guys, better luck next time.

  1. iphonerulez

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    I hope HP decides to follow the rumor...

    If they don't, that Windows 7 HP Slate is going to be in the hurt locker.

  1. qazwart

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    The Slate Still Lives

    The Slate still lives and may even be out by the end of June. It just won't have Windows 7 on it.

    HP and Palm have been talking for the last month ever since it became obvious that Palm couldn't survive on its own. One of the big secrets of WebOS is that it was designed from the ground up not to be a mere "phone OS". Windows 7 Phone and Android were both designed specifically with phones in mind. Not only that, but WebOS is processor agnostic much like Mac OS X.

    I am sure that Palm has a side demo project showing how well WebOS can be adopted to the HP Slate while negotiations were going on. And, now that the merger has been announced, Palm is furiously working with HP to get WebOS onto the Slate even though they technically won't be part of H.P until June. I've been in similar circumstances of an announced merger and working on new projects before the actual merger takes place.

    On the day of the merger, they'll announce the new Slate with WebOS.

  1. CaptainHaddock

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    No Windows 7 makes Atom undesirable

    Qazwart, that could be, but it seems to me that there's no point in using a slow, power-hungry x86 processor unless you're running Windows 7. If they make it a WebOS tablet, they might as well switch to an ARM processor to boost CPU power and double their battery life. I doubt they can pull that off by June, unless they already had an ARM prototype with Android or something on the back-burner.

  1. Jabberwolf

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    GUYS THINK !!!

    HP has not dropped their ad on their site.
    Adobe has NOT dropped their ad about working with HP and MS on theirs nor on youtube.

    Adobe is working with HP and MS with their flash running on it.
    HP JUST bought Palm...

    They would have to write all new drivers for all hardware, 3G, webcam, just about everything for the HP slate that they already have with Windows 7 .. and THEN they'd have to do months of QA ( quality assurance).

    The counter rumor sounds more logical as it would be "improbable if not even an impossible" to switch OSes at this point of their release.

    The slate has already had reviews and the worst that's been said of it.. is that is a netbook without a keyboard... um duh! If they wanted to improve performance, they'd simply need to put in a snappier/more responsive SSD drive - thats all (they might have to up the price another 50-100 bucks for that though). The processing would not be an issue.

    Now this could be HP bluffing with MS to get better price points/discounts but that's all I can see.

    Palm would/could be a great sub OS to run on-top of Windows 7 to host a "cloud" access to a bunch of HP sold products.

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