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What Timing! HP Releases More Slate Tablet Details

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Just prior to Apple’s big tablet unveiling, HP is making sure everyone knows that it plans to release its own slate device sometime this year. Yesterday, the company posted a video on YouTube with product being shown off and discussed by HP Personal Systems Group CTO Phil McKinney. There aren’t many new details on the HP slate, which was first shown-off by Steve Ballmer in his CES keynote earlier this month.

However, the video features a few detailed shots of the device and the following tidbits:

  • HP has been developing a slate for 5 years, but only now have the parts become affordable enough to sell the system to mainstream consumers.
  • The company handed out 50 earlier-generation prototypes to users who commented that they wanted more multimedia functionality. They didn’t want just an eBook so HP decided to focus heavily on multimedia.
  • The slate runs Windows 7 (you can see it running in the video).
  • It will be coming out sometime in 2010, but HP will not commit to a date.

Check out the video below for a better look at the HP Slate.


via Gottabemobile.com


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  1. Fanfoot Says:

    Dear HP: Now that the iPad has been revealed, in part at least, you really need to think about what you’re doing before you launch this thing.

    The iPad has established both pricing parameters that you’re going to need to conform to and software expectations. First of course your slate device can’t be much or even any more expensive than Apple’s. I don’t know what ideas you had in your head, but forget them. If you can’t make a profit at that price, then redesign the thing or don’t make it.

    As far as software I know you were planning to just release a Windows 7 device and not write a lot of software or work with any content partners. I think that isn’t good enough anymore. Yes a touch-enabled Kindle application will bring eBooks to the table. Ditto the New York Times Reader application, at least if it gets touch enabled. But you’re going to have to integrate music purchase and playback (I’d work with Amazon), video purchase and playback (again, Amazon), as well as Magazines and other media (get your ass out there and work with partners). Plus the fact that most of the software people want to use with your device isn’t going to be touch enabled isn’t good enough. You’re going to have to write a lot more software than you were originally planning. Get cracking!

  2. Ben Says:

    Nope, fanfoot. There’s no way for me to even want an iPad. I mean no multitaskin? Come on man, you must be joking right? So selecting between a hp slate and iPad is a no-brainer, I’d go for hp any day. Now don’t get brain washed by Steve jobs, it’s all marketing hype.

  3. Geancarlo Says:

    @ Ben – Marketing Hype proved to work. Personally I would chose a device that can do more than one thing at a time. However, the mainstream consumer doesn’t care. They just want it cuz it’s cool, shiny and new. It plays their iTunes songs that they have on the iPod and will let them do chat through eBuddy and watch Youtube. Kids ages from 15-21 probably buy them in pairs by Xmas.

    @ FanFoot…I agree, HP has to get something going if they want to do something that’s worth a look after Apple has clearly set the standard again. Apple set the standard low this time, with this not-so revolutionary products. However, all the marketing hype and functionality with whats already out there is what consumers are looking for. Thats what HP is missing.

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