Hewlett-Packard has recently announced that, it will be releasing a multi-touch tablet PC called HP Slate by June 2010. The device is expected to give a tough fight to a newly launched, iPad, as it focuses on music, games, web browsing, eBooks and video.
HP Slate PC aspires to be an iPad killer, as it gains advantage over iPad and other Netbooks in term of; graphics, connectivity, OS, audio, video and a dual camera.
According to the Mexican website Conecti.ca, the only real problem with HP slate is that Windows7 takes a lot of time to load as compared to the iPad. However the hardware is fine, the slate is bit thicker to iPad and the screen, with the rare part appearing to be made of plastic, which gives it a sleek look. In comparison to the iPad, the HP slate has a low batterylife.
The Slate PC is also integrated with two cameras, one is a front facing VGA camera for video calling and other is a 3 megapixel camera at the rare of tablet. It also includes Flash, Google chrome, MS-office, two external ports- a USB and a dock connector, an extra port for audio jack. The Slate PC supports 1080 pixel video back and Broadcom crystal HD video accelerator to deliver high definition video playback.
However, if you are true lover of portable touch screen devices than I would suggest you to wait till the release of HP slate PC instead of stepping into the other expensive tablets.
Some of the features of HP Slate PC are as follow:
• 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor
• 32 GB of flash storage
• 1GB of non-upgradeable RAM
• 8.9” WSVGA 1024*600
• Ambient light sensor
• Pen/digitizer support
• USB and a dock connector
• Windows 7 compatibility
• HDMI output
• 802.11b/g + Bluetooth Combo Enabled
• More than 5 hour of battery life
• Intel UMA graphics
• SIM card slot for optional 3G modem
Pricing & Release Date
According to HP, the Slate PC is expected to hit the market by June 2010. The device starts around with the price tag of $549 with the base configuration of 8.9” Capacitive muti-touch screen and a 1024*600 pixel resolution.