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HP Ships Windows 7 Slate PC

Hewlett-Packard's long-awaited slate PC is now available but with a different target audience than originally planned. The company last week released its HP Slate 500, a Windows-based tablet targeted at business users for vertical applications such as health care, retail point-of-sale and insurance.

The 8.9-inch device weighs 1.5 pounds, has a LED screen, runs Windows 7 and supports both pen- and gesture-based input. It comes with a built-in 3-MB camera, a separate webcam, a USB port and a SD slot. It is priced at $799.

The release of the HP Slate 500 culminates nearly a year of anticipation. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer first showcased the device at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in January. HP originally intended the Windows-based slate as a consumer device targeted at reading, watching videos and content creation and consumption.

                      Source: HP

Shortly after Ballmer introduced the prototype, HP, started releasing videos promoting the new device. The company went dark on its slate plans after announcing it was acquiring Palm Inc., for $1.2 billion and indicating it would release a slate based on Palm's webOS platform. Now the company is targeting its webOS-based slates at consumers and the Windows Slate 500 at business users. HP said it will release the webOS-based slate in the first quarter of next year.

"We decided to target the business market for the Windows product," said Phil McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer of HP's Personal Systems Group, in a blog post. "You can probably imagine a thousand applications of the device in business scenarios. Wouldn't it be great if after a car accident, your insurance agent could take your statement, photograph and video the scene, and send all the information to the claims office on the spot? That's the direction we're heading for our business customers."

HP's new slate is bundled with the 32-bit version of Windows 7 Professional and is based on an Intel Atom Processor Z540 (1.86 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB). It has 2 GB of RAM built onto the motherboard (non upgradeable), a 64 GB Solid State flash drive, built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi connectivity and support for Bluetooth devices. Battery life is rated at five hours.

About the Author

Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.

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Reader Comments:

Thu, Nov 18, 2010

I've been able to use one of these and it's fantastic. While the ipad is a nice toy, it's just an ipod touch that's big.. it's not a comptuer. If I want to do anything more than surf the web or the like (aka "get work done" ) I need a real computer. This brings both worlds together wonderfully-- work AND play!

Fri, Nov 5, 2010 Robb Shaw US

Nice however with Android tabs around the $200 price it is a bit high. I think clients would spend 300 ish for win based tablet.

Thu, Oct 28, 2010

Ordered one the day it arrived. A portable device I can take to meetings, take notes (with handwriting recognition... iPad? Android?) unobtrusively, and then take to the gym and watch Media Center recorded TV while on the treadmill... Awesome.

Thu, Oct 28, 2010

Looks good but would need the 10hr battery life to be any competition for iPad. Looks like the only draw back. Price is comparable with iPad. So it looks like ASUS with the 10hr battery will out do them both. Just need to wait abd see if it is true.

Thu, Oct 28, 2010 Albert D. Kallal Edmonton, Alberta Canada

This is a great move on HP part. As others noted, the same software, same developer tools and the fact that 3rd party applications such as quotation software typically used in industry can be installed on this. Even our company developed applications cannot be installed on the iPad. And, without flash, the iPad browser is far too limited.

The touch and response of the win 7 tablets are great, and win 7 support for touch nailed this feature. The ASUS pad will have a 10 hour battery life.

Throw in basic choices like choosing a browser (not being forced without choice like apple). Simple things like flash in the browser and support for external devices and things like simple memory cards is what makes these win 7 tablets like the HP such a great choice.

In fact, just being able to install currently supported software we are running now without having to go to Apple store makes this product a zillion times better choice than the iPad. I mean, what can we do with iPad? We must publish our own applications to the Apple Store and then purchase then back? iPad is just too closed of a system. Win 7 tablet I played had great response and speed, so I am at a huge loss as why win7 not a great choice for a tablet computer when I seen such great performance?

Thu, Oct 28, 2010 Ray Linder

I think it's a great price for it's potential. As a developer, I don't have to learn another language to develop apps for it. I can use my current desktop apps which would make those apps more mobilized considering it'a tablet. The price is well worth it...

Wed, Oct 27, 2010 Alan Wisconsin

If it were $299 or less, maybe I'd consider it. Too expensive. And Windows on a pad will probably never be able to compete with Apple's OS or Android. Too bloated and slow.

Tue, Oct 26, 2010


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