HP Slate, the tablet computer from the company that was supposed to be the primary rival to the Apple iPad before that spot was taken away by the Samsung Galaxy Tab, appears to be well on course to be launched during the holiday shopping season. The company has announced that the initial launch of the new HP Slate 500 will happen in the United States and further expansion elsewhere will happen after the success of the device is measured.
Like we had already noted in the HP Slate Vs. Apple iPad article back in April this year, the device will come with an 8.9″ WVGA hybrid capacitive multitouch display, an Intel Atom 1.86GHz Z540 processor, a 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD, a 3-Megapixel rear camera along with a VGA front camera besides other specifications. The device will run on Windows 7.
Clearly, the device is not aimed at the media consuming population alone. The tablet computer will also come with a HP Slate digital pen, HP Slate Dock and HP Slate Portfolio that all seem to suggest that the company is targeting the media creators as well. With Windows 7 running, this is pretty much a productivity tool.
That utility is also clear in the pricing. HP Slate 500 is tagged at a price of $799 that includes the tablet and all the aforementioned accessories. No word on whether this device will come subsidized on carrier contracts. Also, wait for some more time before the official launch date is announced.
Meanwhile, this announcement also quashes one another rumor – that the HP Slate is going to be called PalmPad.
The headline of this post can be a little misleading in the sense that this is not actually a new thing. Hewlett Packard filed for the trademark for ‘PalmPad’ back in July this year that have got us speculating that this could be one possible name for the upcoming webOS tablet. However, the rumors just got a major boost when Todd Bradley, an Executive Vice President at HP seemed to confirm the news. In a statement over the company’s upcoming products, Bradley said,
“We’ve already announced the expansion of our future product portfolio well beyond smartphones. We’ll have a webOS-powered PalmPad that will be set for release early in 2011.”
Of course this is not a confirmation of rumors since PalmPad has been prominently been used to reference the upcoming tablet and hence Bradley may simply be playing to the gallery. Nevertheless, with an official acknowledgement of this name, it only makes sense to hold this as the most likely name until HP announces otherwise.
Most of you would know, and possibly awaiting, the new tablet PC from the stables of Hewlett Packard. So far, we have only heard it being referenced plainly as the HP Slate. However, it now appears that the company may be looking at calling the new webOS tablet as the PalmPad.
Folks at PreCentral have dug out information from the USPTO files that reveals that the computer manufacturer has filed for the trademark for “PalmPad“. Describing the product, the applicants write,
“Computers, computer hardware, computer software, computer peripherals, portable computers, handheld and mobile computers, PDAs, electronic notepads, mobile digital electronic devices”
The upcoming HP PalmPad (or Slate) has been frequently in the news of late. Earlier this month, there were reports that Hewlett Packard may have tabled their plans to launch multi-platform tablet devices and may have instead chosen to go ahead with a WebOS based tablet alone. While these rumors are yet to be confirmed, the latest trademark filing just gives us hope that we may be nearing the launch date pretty soon.
There have been several rumors over the past couple of weeks that Hewlett Packard may have just killed their much anticipated HP Slate. Other rumors pointed out to the Windows 7 OS being replaced. None of them have been confirmed so far.
However, Examiner now reveals from “industry insiders” that HP may actually be replacing the HP Slate with a WebOS based tablet; HP Hurricane, that could launch in the third quarter of this year. Examiner points out that not only will this vindicate HP’s acquisition of Palm earlier this month, but will also improve the processing speed of its tablet device. Paul Mueller, a LA based industry analyst speaks of HP Slate,
“It is a really interesting device, but runs as slow as a turtle. I think they could have had something with a faster processor, but that would have led to less battery life than the Slate already had. If rumors of this tablet are true, this can be a killer device–webOS is an outstanding operating system for a tablet.”
Killer device – hopefully and it better be it.
Ever since the “magical” and “revolutionary” iPad launched, employees at Hewlett Packard are reported to be unduly worried about their own effort going in vain. Engadget has caught hold of a slide from a recent presentation made to the employees at HP that tries to assuage them about the comparative advantages of their slate vis a vis the Apple iPad.
If the features listed are true, then we may be seeing a well truly magical device in the HP Slate. The device runs on a 1.6 GHz processor (1GHz on iPad), comes with two cameras (facing inward and outward) and runs a touch optimized version of the Windows 7 OS. The battery life is poorer though – just 5+ hours compared to iPad’s 10. I tell you, this is closer to my dream machine..Not the iPad, not any other iBrick. HP Slate is expected to be priced between $549 and $599.
What do you think of the features?