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HP confirms launch details for Slate 500 tablet

updated 07:40 pm EDT, Thu October 21, 2010

Formal unveiling expected Monday

HP has finally confirmed launch information and specs for its forthcoming Slate 500 tablet, which has already been detailed in several recent leaks. As expected, the Windows 7 device will be powered by Intel's 1.86GHz Atom Z540 processor and Graphics Media Accelerator 500 chip. It relies on an 8.9-inch, 1024x600 display as its sole interface.

Users will be able to purchase an optional keyboard and optical mouse, along with a digital pen. The device also integrates dual cameras, including a three-megapixel sensor on the back. All of the hardware is built into a package that, despite the smaller size, weighs the same 1.5 pounds as the Apple iPad it has frequently been compared against.

A special HDMI dock is available to output video to TVs, as is a pen that will work with the capacitive screen and a portfolio case.

The Slate 500 should be formally available on Friday. It will only sell online in the company's US business and enterprise online stores and, at $799, has been effectively ruled out of contention with most iPad models despite initial hopes of a price closer to $549. International expansion will come later, and no mention has been made of a rumored consumer version.

HP's design has had a long history and has been emblematic of Microsoft's problems trying to supply a Windows-based rival to the iPad. It was unveiled at CES in January in prototype form, but apart from brief leaks and teasers never received any details for the past 10 months. It was shunted to business use after the acquisition of Palm and a decision that following Apple's strategy of using a mobile platform, such as webOS, was better for mainstream tablets than the less touch-oriented and battery-hungry Windows.

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  1. iphonerulez

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    I'm sorry, but if it has the same weight of

    the iPad, I'm willing to bet that battery life will be about three to four hours unless they're using a lot of plastic in the design to keep the weight down. Windows 7 should keep that faster Atom processor nice and toasty. Chalk this up as another niche tablet that won't appeal to consumers.

  1. CmdrGampu

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    Who came up with that pattern for the back? It's awful. Much too busy.

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  1. facebook_Leroy

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    IFanboys Reading Comprehension is terrible.

    Yes mr iphonerulez, I'm talking to you.......Again, who wants this tablet to be appealing to consumers.....if you had even take the time to understand the concept here, this is positioned 100% towards the Enterprise environment (aka "Business" for your iBoys and iGirls), not the consumer....the consumer tablet will be a WEBOS tablet.

  1. Paul Huang

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    Joined: Sep 1999


    I do like the built-in stand

    But it is just too low and still may cause 'iNeck'.

    Other than that, Windows 7 breaks the deal. Landfill, please.

  1. Makosuke

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    It's telling that they repurposed their Windows tablet to be an "enterprise" product. This is the fundamental problem MS faces in the next OS battle--they have Win7Phone, but it's easily a year behind both major competitors, and their "real" OS has been relegated to products like this--things that HP has apparently decided have no mass market appeal at all.

    Think back to that MS speech a few months ago when Balmer was trying to downplay the not-yet-extant iPad. It's taken months before the first real product ships, and it's already been shoved off into the "business" corner.

  1. MacnnChester

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    Why is that video so annoying?

    The too quiet, fake, ambient conversation? The weird click of the interface? The obvious stealing of gestures from iOS ...

    I like the ability to use a pen and a camera option will be nice, but those are easy to fix and it is good to know that hp can copy ideas as good as ever.

  1. mac 13

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    Apple pinch

    I thought Apple had a trade mark on the pinch gesture "copy cats" you even have a Apple hater posting in here lol

  1. tightzeit

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    Re: Why is that video so annoying?

    Because the timing is completely off for the music. Bizarre, makes it look woeful.

  1. ethical_paul

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    That was really impressive the way he smoothly took that 3g dongle out of his pocket, plugged it awkwardly into the tablet, accessed the internet, unplugged it, and dropped it back into his pocket, all faster than the dongle would even be recognized by Windows in the real world. So I guess no built-in 3g?

  1. Ryszard

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    Joined: Apr 2010


    Extra bonus

    The $800 price is fully justified because it also comes with a STYLUS, which is REQUIRED to operate many aspects of the Windows user interface.

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