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HP Slate 8 render leaks, shows first true Windows 8 tablet

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Fri April 27, 2012

HP Slate 8 may be much sleeker, net 10h battery

The first production Windows 8 tablet may have been uncovered early in a presentation believed leaked on Friday. Badged as the Slate 8, the third-generation Windows tablet seen by Neowin in preliminary rendered form would be much sleeker than previous generations. The 10-inch tablet would now be much more competitive in design, at 0.36 inches thick and eight to ten hours of battery, while carrying an aluminum design with a chin for the hardware Start button.

Although the choice of processor isn't explicitly mentioned, the use of Windows 8 Professional, along with simply a focus on enterprise customers' software and security, would dictate an Intel or AMD chip. Support would exist for pen input along with the expected multi-touch, and it would have "enterprise level docking" for full-time work as well as an outdoor-friendly screen as an option.

HP has been aiming to return to tablets with Windows 8 and should have its first example out before the end of the year. The render isn't final and could change even if completely accurate, but it lines up both with expectations of an early HP entry and with the naming schemes that came with the Windows Phone 7 launch, where phones like the LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omnia 7 were named to reflect their OS, not their version history.

The enterprise focus could be a concern for Microsoft as it would show HP once again reluctant to have a Windows tablet oriented to the home. HP's original Slate 500 was held up in January 2010 as Microsoft's preemptive iPad challenger with a home user focus, but the official iPad launch and runaway sales, as well as the opportunity to buy Palm, led HP to relegate the Slate 500 to corporate customers nine months later.





By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

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    So, this is what the latest iPad

    killer looks like. I'm still debating as to whether these companies can actually get eight hours of battery life running a full version of Windows 8 desktop. Apple would be in big trouble if they can. Microsoft's partners would be able to build thin notebooks running up to 16 hours which would be outstanding. It would seem to put Windows 8 devices ahead of OSX devices in terms of OS efficiency. I sure hope Apple has something up its own sleeve for OSX running on devices with less battery space.

  1. Paul Huang

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    +3

    Abbreviation for....

    Soooooo-L-Eight

  1. ebeyer

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    More

    More options, more competition is a good thing. I'm wondering if/when some clever soul will find a way to root these tablets and get them to run android or straight-up desktop linux.

  1. Wingsy

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    Preliminary Rendered Form

    "preliminary rendered form" means, to me at least, that this is a "rendering" and it means exactly what it says. A drawing. A concept. Not a real honest to goodness actual object. So how in blazes can they say 10 hours of battery life??? Heck, I can get 6 months of battery life in my renderings.

  1. Paul Huang

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    +3

    vaporware

    unreal.

  1. wlmwallace

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    How much?

    A good chunk of the price of the tablet will be the OS. Unless Microsoft is going to really shave the Windows 8 price for their OEM's to try and gain back marketshare, I would be surprised to see a base unit of one of these coming in below $800. That's probably why they are sticking to the enterprise market.

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