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HP Slate surfaces on company site, keeps Win 7 talk alive

updated 08:45 pm EDT, Tue July 20, 2010

HP Slate 500 confirmed by HP's own site

Rumors of HP killing the Windows 7 slate may have been snuffed this evening as mentions of the tablet have been caught on its own website. Both a cached catalog listing and an Energy Star rating refer to the 8.9-inch tablet and say it will still use Windows 7 Home Premium. They point to the existence of multiple models and are dated as recently as July 12 for the Energy Star rating, implying that HP is still interested.

Many of the early specs are still intact and confirm that the Slate is largely just a netbook in tablet form. The hardware as described would have a 1.6GHz Atom chip and 1GB of RAM; unique to the tablet design would be both front and back cameras as well as a touch surface that supports both pen input as well as multi-touch. Earlier leaks had pointed to a Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator that would drive 1080p video playback but relatively slow Intel video and a relatively short five-hour battery life.

Whether or not the references are signs of the Windows tablet surviving aren't certain. Since its acquisition of Palm, HP has talked down Windows tablets and made clear its interest in producing webOS equivalents. It also recently trademarked the PalmPad name. However, it has never made official remarks on the progress of the Slate and, with the new discovery, may simply be shipping it far later than expected.

The device was held up by Microsoft as a preemptive strike against the iPad at CES in January but has lately been symbolic of the company's problems getting a widely appealing Windows tablet to market. Conditions may have worsened just today as ASUS may be switching to Android for one version of the Eee Pad. Windows 7 has been criticized by HP and others for being too demanding on the low-power hardware needed for a tablet, while Windows Embedded Compact 7 is new and lacks both the app catalog and familiarity of platforms like Android, iOS or even webOS. [via PCWorld]

By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

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    HP would have to be crazy to sell this device

    If it were feasible it would already be on shelves before the iPad gets an untouchable lead. Most likely it will be running something other than Windows 7 when it becomes available.

  1. CmdrGampu

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    "Windows Embedded Compact 7"?

    That's got to be one of the most awful product names I've ever seen from an American company. I know many of the Japanese companies love to have long, complex names like this, but Microsoft is off its rocker if it thinks that would play well in this country.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Funding For This Product ...

    ... provided by a grant from the Microsoft Corporation.
    At Microsoft, innovation is like fine music: copy all you want.

  1. spyintheskyuk

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    swings and roundabouts

    Yes you can just imagine the comings and goings between HP and MS as the latter no doubt offers more and more for HP to at least give the impression that the Windows slate isn't actually dead. This is a playing for time game to try to keep the idea relevant in the buying public mind till such a time such a product from whoever can manage it, can actually get it to market. Equally if other manufacturers believe that HP are at least still showing an interest short term in the concept they won't themselves write it off which is all that MS can really hope for at the moment. I would be interested to get a peak at MS's bank account during this period.

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