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HP Slate 2 revives Windows 7 tablet after lost shot at iPad

updated 08:10 pm EDT, Wed November 2, 2011

HP Slate 2 adds Oak Trail Atom, Swype

HP late Wednesday refreshed its lone remaining tablet through the Slate 2. The Windows 7 hardware keeps the same outside form with an 8.9-inch, 1024x600 display but trades up from the 2009-era Atom of the original Slate 500 to a modern 1.66GHz Atom Z670 from the Oak Trail family. The upgrade theoretically nets it six hours of actual battery life versus the original's claimed five and often much less.

Other improvements are a mix of hardware and software. HP's tablet should be more responsive and portable with a faster 64GB micro SSD, an optional Bluetooth keyboard dock, and TPM to help lock it down when on a corporate network. Swype's keyboard is making one of its first appearances on the desktop and potentially helps thumb typing.

Price is another core ingredient for the Slate 2. It ships later in November for $699, a full hundred dollars less than its ancestor.

The modest update parallels the fall of the Slate 500 from its one-time role at HP. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer initially championed the slate as a preemptive iPad competitor, focusing on home features and arguing that customers would want a full Windows tablet even before Apple's real plans were known. HP initially went along with this angle and publicly attacked the iPad, but it later changed its mind and chose to buy Palm for what would eventually lead to the TouchPad. After this and the iPad's strong sales performance, the PC builder quietly repositioned the Slate 500 as a business device and began treating it like most Windows tablets are sold so far, as a specialized tool for field workers.

HP only plans to recommit to tablets as mainstream products with Windows 8. The OS, due mid-2012 or later, is Microsoft's first desktop OS genuinely optimized for touch and will give HP the option of using ARM processors to get more iPad-like battery life.







By Electronista Staff
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  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +7

    environMENTAL

    Rather than dumping these in the landfill, let willing victims pick them up.

  1. global.philosopher

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2010

    +3

    How many last shots can you have...

    me thinks MS warchest will allow many more.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +2

    $699? I see $199 close-out at Big Lots very soon

    You want to bet?

    History will repeat itself. You will see 'We will discontinue', then 'We will make them available, but there is no guarantee, and finally: we are firing Meg Whitman.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +4

    I'd probably be willing to buy

    one of these H-P Windows 7 tablets for $199. I might end up with a collectors item as one of the few Windows tablets that actually end up in consumers' hands. Actually I'm kind of curious about what this fascination with using a stylus is all about. Apple is selling tens of millions of iPads without having a stylus, so it doesn't seem as though many consumers are actually demanding that tablets come with a stylus. I also don't believe that consumers are "demanding" a full Windows desktop OS on a tablet. What for?

  1. Geoduck

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +3

    WTH

    They dropped the TouchPad for the Slate that runs Windows?
    Isn't that like throwing away a good reliable Honda just so you can drive a Lada?

  1. dliup

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2006

    +1

    late and lame

    HP Slate = HP's late.

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