HP Launches New Slate 500 Tablet via Website
HP is positioning its Slate in a different category than Apple's iPad, which it considers a "media-oriented tablet" for consumers.SAN FRANCISCO--Hewlett-Packard started selling its long-awaited new Slate 500 tablet portable computer on its Website early on Oct. 22. Some earlier reports had the devices becoming available on Oct. 25. HP, which priced the new 6-inch-by-9-inch device at $799, is positioning it in a different category than Apple's iPad, which it considers a "media-oriented tablet" for consumers: The Slate runs Windows 7 and is aimed squarely at the business market.
"You won't be able to buy this at retail," HP Personal Systems Group PR Manager Mike Hockey told eWEEK. "We're making it available strictly on our Website, because we're looking at it as a business-type device."
The docking station adds two more USB 2.0 ports when in use, plus an HDMI output and a second headphone/microphone jack. The company claims the tablet's battery gets up to five hours of service. Under the hood, the Slate boasts a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of NAND flash storage, and a Broadcom Crystal HD chip for HD video playback on the 8.9-inch, 1024x600 display. "The Slate is really a fully functional PC, only in a tablet form factor," HP director of Business Notebook Marketing Carol Hess-Nickels told eWEEK. It comes preloaded with Microsoft Office 2010 and Evernote productivity and organizational software. Click here to read an eWEEK review of the HP Slate 500. The HP Slate 500 package includes a docking station (at right) and a soft-cover protective carrying case. The unit itself is narrower and slightly lighter than an iPAD. (eWEEK photo by Chris Preimesberger)