Apple has the iPad (and so does Verizon Wireless), RIM has the BlackBerry PlayBook, and Samsung has the Galaxy Tab, a tablet powered by the Android OS. And now Hewlett-Packard has its own flatscreen computing device.
On Thursday, HP revealed the specifications of their Slate 500 Tablet PC. Many have thought that this would no longer push through since it’s been years since Hewlett-Packard told everyone that they are creating a tablet for the company.
HP Slate 500, which runs the Windows 7 operating system. Among the niceties found on the HP Slate 500 are a webcam, a memory card slot, a 1 GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM. It’s a workhorse, in other words – a full-featured, sleek tablet device with almost as much juice as your laptop.
It sports a multi-touch display that measures 8.9 inches only and has a high resolution of 1,024×600. There are two cameras. The one at the front is only a VGA camera but the camera at the rear is equipped with 3-megapixels and a video capture feature. You can immediately connect online since it has a built-in WiFi as well. Of course, as expected, the operating system is Windows Phone 7. The Wacom stylus was quite effective for a scribble in Paint and writing in Wordpad. Though the attachment of the active digitizer increases the price of the product, it suffices it with the text input, which would have been difficult otherwise as the soft keyboard is prone to get cramped on the smaller screen.
A package comprising of 1.5 pound of HP Slate 500, along with an HP Slate Digital Pen, HP Slate Dock and HP Slate Portfolio will be available at a price of $799. HP Slate will be available for purchase though HP Web Store.