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HP slate may ship as late as October

updated 08:35 am EDT, Fri May 21, 2010

HP Win 7 tablet may be pushed back again

HP's Windows 7 slate could now ship as late as October, HP's Taiwan PC group VP Monty Wong said today. Although it has often been pegged for June, the tablet is now only officially set to show by the end of HP's fiscal year five months in the future. Wong didn't mention to DigiTimes if the slate had been delayed or if there had been any firm schedule in the past.

Rumors have been ongoing that HP may have killed the Windows 7 version of the slate in favor of a webOS or possibly Android model, although that has simultaneously been denied in another rumor. A third claim has pointed to a possible Hurricane webOS tablet that would arrive in the summer and could preempt the Windows model.

Wong reiterated HP's view that webOS would be used for smartbooks and tablets but didn't indicate that the company's plans for supporting Microsoft would change.

The Windows 7 hardware as-is would face an uphill battle, as its use of an older Atom chip would give it just five hours of battery life versus 10 for the iPad it now has to compete against; it also has to cost about $50 more, as it needs twice as much storage as an iPad to hold the much larger Microsoft OS.



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  1. Okonomiyaki

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    Just in time...

    to be irrelevant!

  1. Paul Huang

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    +5

    up hill (slippery one) battle

    This looks like the 'iPod killer' script created by Creative Tech all over again.

  1. ggirton

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    HP already has ...

    touch screens on their laptops and desktops

  1. WiseWeasel

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    Re: HP already has ...

    The problem with those is that the ergonomics are all wrong to actually make use of the touchscreen for any extended periods. That, combined with the fact that most Windows software that runs on these devices isn't designed with a finger-driven tablet in mind, makes it impractical to use. The screens on those devices are up around eye level, so you have to raise your arms up in the air to use the touchscreen. This is known as gorilla arm syndrome, where it's very tiring to have to raise your arm for extended periods, requiring the strength of a weight trainer or gorilla to use.

  1. Alfiejr

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    VaporWare

    we'll never see the HP Win 7 tablet that Ballmer hyped in January. it would be a totally embarrassing flop if HP put it on the market now. worse than nothing. HP will surely put together a WebOs tablet as soon as it can. but that will take more than a few months. perhaps by early next year is more realistic.

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