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.
Asustek CEO Jerry Shen has revealed that the upcoming Eee Pad tablet PC from the company will be in two OS versions : One ARM processor powered tablet running either Google Android or Chrome OS and another Intel atom processor powered device running Microsoft 7. While he did not elaborate, the latter is expected to be the touch version of the OS.
The Windows 7 version is expected to show up first during the Comptex event in June of this year. There is no news about the possible launch dates for the Android version as yet.
You may recall that the price of the tablet was announced to be between $479 and $510 last week.
Microsoft launched its newest OS, Windows 7 on October 22, 2009. In just over 6 months, the company claims to have sold over 100 million licenses making it the fastest selling Microsoft Operating System ever.
Making the announcement, Microsoft CFO Peter Klein said that with this, Windows 7 was now available in one out of every 10 PCs in the world and that the latest version of the company’s desktop operating system “continues to be a growth engine“.
Windows Touch – the touchscreen version of Microsoft Windows 7 was launched just last week and is expected to propel the growth even further.
Lenovo has announced the launch of a budget laptop that comes with pretty decent technical specifications. Here is a gist of what you can expect
Display : 14 inch WXGA screen with LED backlight TFT 1366 x 768
Hard Drive : 320GB
Processor : Intel Core i3 330M processor
OS : Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Graphics Processor : Intel HD Graphics
Memory : 4GB PC3 8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1066 MHz
Network Card : Intel Wireless WiFi Link 1000
Price : $899 – $999
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?
Looks like an open sourced OS alone may not make Google Chrome OS based netbooks cheap and affordable like the MS Windows counterparts. Folks at Netbook Choice write that the netbook being envisioned by the Big G is expected to come with a lot of high end features including high resolution displays, 64GB SSD, integrated 3G modem etc. that purchasing a Windows netbook may work out to be cheaper.
While paying for a higher end device is a no-brainer, it needs to be noted that the platform does not support many ubiquitous software including Microsoft Office which means that you may be buying a higher end device that can actually do lesser.
However, support for software as this is expected to roll out as Chrome OS proliferates which will nevertheless take some time.
Since launch, Windows 7 has been well received and it is safe to consider its launch a success. However, there appears to be a lot of performance bugs – more than what Microsoft has assumed that the company is likely to have advanced the release date of their Service Pack by at least a year.
According to reports on the Inquirer, the Windows 7 SP1, which was not expected to release till 24 months of release, could now find itself available by the last quarter of this year.
This is also in line with the release dates of service packs for Microsoft’s earlier versions of Windows – the XP and Vista each of which had their service packs released close to 10 months after their launch.
However, the speculations over performance bugs is unlikely to affect the sale of the operating system. What do you think?
[via The Inquirer