HP Slate 500 tablet PC is no iPad. Release date: now.

HP Slate 500 (HP)
By Richi Jennings. October 22, 2010.

Finally! Enough talking, show us the shiny, HP. Its Slate 500 tablet PC is ready to roll; release date: now! The price is $799, including accessories. But it's no iPad killer -- it's positioned squarely at the business/enterprise market. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder this svelte Windows 7 device.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention the Geek A Week project...


Agam Shah reports:

Targeted at businesses, the tablet will come with an 8.9-inch screen and run Microsoft's Windows 7 Professional OS. It costs US$799. ... The Slate 500 was first designed as a consumer product ... but the company reassessed its plans ... after acquiring Palm. ... HP plans to release a separate tablet for consumers with ... WebOS.


The Slate has an Intel Atom Z540 processor ... 1.68GHz. It comes with a 64GB solid-state drive ... 2GB of RAM [and] a USB port. ... [It] offers about five hours of battery life. ... The device will compete with other business tablets such as Cisco's Cius, which ... has not yet shipped. ... Apple's iPad tablet has also been adopted by some businesses.

Joanna Stern pinches herself:

After all the teasing, back and forth, and ... leaks, the Atom-powered, Windows 7 Slate will finally see the light of day -- though in a different way than originally intended. ... [HP] is now aiming the Slate at the enterprise and business market. Still, it will be available on HP's site for $799 to anyone.


It ... packs Broadcom's Crystal HD accelerator for handling 1080p video. (The included dock has an HDMI-out port.) ... It's got an ... active digitizer [pen] for taking notes, which certainly sets it apart from the other Win 7 tablets we've seen. ... Oh, and don't forget its front facing VGA cam and 3 megapixel camera on its back.

HP's PSG CTO/VP Phil McKinney DOA'ed the MRD's, PDQ:

When HP acquired Palm this year, we saw huge potential in webOS ... for a whole ecosystem of connected consumer devices. ... We adjusted our approach, shared our new vision and confirmed that a webOS slate will reach the market in 2011.


We decided to target the business market for the Windows product. ... The new HP Slate 500 Tablet PC ... supports a wide variety of business solutions, from retail point-of-sale to hospitality, banking healthcare or any custom business application.

Mark "Sumocat" Sumimoto translates:

Basically, if you want one, go online to HP’s business site. Don’t go to Best Buy or Fry’s hoping to catch it.


Making the pen more useful is Evernote, which comes preloaded. I know, preloading software that’s already free isn’t a big deal ... but this is a win for the folks at Evernote. Congrats to them.


Price is $799 and that includes the HP Slate Digital Pen, HP Slate Dock, and HP Slate Portfolio.

Is Josh Ong subtly pointing out Steve Jobs's inaccurate prediction?

During Apple's Q4 2010 conference call Monday ... Jobs told analysts that rival tablet makers were having trouble.


"Our potential competitors ... are having a tough time coming close to iPad's pricing ... The proof will be in the pricing of our competitors' products, which will offer less for more."

Rachel King lays her hands on one:

The HP Slate definitely felt heavier and sturdier than I imagined. ... One and a half pounds isn’t astronomical, but when so compact, it certainly feels a bit like an ultra-slim brick.


Users can write on the screen with the included ... digital pen, which sports a button near the tip that acts as a right-click control. If your handwriting is good enough for a touch screen, then this might be ... for you. Mine, not so much.


This is definitely not a competitor for the iPad. It might look like one ... yet this is not an entertainment or personal device. ... It is geared towards productivity.


And Finally...

Len Peralta's Geek A Week trading-card project
[hat tip: Ann Hoevel, via Ken Gagne]

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