HP Slate Features 3-Megapixel Camera, Atom Processor, Suggests Leak
Hewlett-Packard's upcoming tablet PC will be priced at $549 for its base model, and include a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, inward-facing VGA Webcam and outward-facing 3-megapixel camera, according to a purported internal presentation leaked online on April 5. Although HP has claimed that its Adobe Flash support and camera modules will give it an advantage over Apple's iPad, a specs comparison shows that the iPad has advantages in battery life, higher screen resolution, larger screen and lower price for its 16GB WiFi-only model. The iPad selling 300,000 units by midnight on April 3, its first day of release, places pressure on other manufacturers to introduce a successful rival tablet.A day after Hewlett-Packard posted a video highlighting its upcoming tablet PC's video conferencing abilities and other functions, a purported internal document details the device's supposed specs. With Apple's iPad proving a hit with consumers following its April 3 release, the pressure on other manufacturers is high to introduce a product that can be a competitor in the burgeoning tablet market. On April 5, Engadget posted an image of what it claimed was an internal HP presentation comparing the specs of the company's upcoming tablet PC to the iPad. According to that document, the 8.9-inch capacitive multitouch "HP Slate" will retail for between $549 and $599, and include an inward-facing VGA Webcam and an outward-facing 3-megapixel camera, as well as a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor. It will run Windows 7 Home Premium, paired to a proprietary HP touch-optimized user interface, and feature either 32GB or 64GB of upgradable flash storage. HP claims that the tablet will offer more than 5 hours of battery life.
HP is apparently betting that certain key features of its offering, such as the camera modules and its ability to run Adobe Flash, will offer it a proverbial leg up on the iPad, which does not include cameras or Flash support. However, as noted by HP's presentation, the iPad has advantages in battery life, higher screen resolution, larger screen and a lower price for its 16GB WiFi-only model. The iPad does not support Flash, which is used to power rich content on many popular Websites, supposedly because Apple CEO Steve Jobs believes the platform is "buggy."