updated 10:50 am EDT, Thu September 23, 2010
HP Slate prototype gets unofficial video look
HP's long-delayed Slate 500 has surfaced in an unofficial video (below) with unique details of how it works. The 8.9-inch Windows 7 tablet has its own dedicated controls to make up for the lack of a true tablet interface in Microsoft's OS. It includes both a button to bring up an on-screen keyboard at any time as well as a reported "Ctrl-Alt-Del" button to load Task Manager or reboot the Slate after a crash.
The device is described as being "fast" on its 1.6GHz Atom, although the video shows the tablet being rough in scrolling and slightly unresponsive. Windows 7's multi-touch support does give it support for certain functions that aren't present on the iPad or other tablets, such as swiping backwards in a browser to move back a page. HP was already known to have outfitted the tablet with both front and back cameras, USB, a card reader and an iPad-style docking connector for attaching to a charging dock with HDMI video out.
HP is still due to ship the Slate in the fall but is no longer thought to have any significant effect on the iPad. While Microsoft hailed the Slate as its hope for preempting Apple in the tablet space, it hasn't shipped in the nearly 10 months since its first preview and has been relegated to enterprise sales after HP decided that webOS would be better for a mainstream tablet.