Well, all of us thought that the HP slate was dead didn’t we? The much awaited project of the year was not talked of and unheard for a long-long time. Although there were rumors in the market that the HP tablet project was still on somewhere it was absolutely not supposed to hit the market now. But, well it did, though with a little changes here and there but the HP tablet is finally here. The specs as expected are a tech savvy’s eye-candy. But before going into that let us first talk about the exteriors. The slate as expected out of HP is a marvelous piece of technology and can flatten even the most beautiful looking blonde around. The tablet is excessively thin and carries a brilliant looking black and grey exterior with a much needed stand that I guess is a necessity for any tablet computer.
As far as the specs go, the HP Slate 500 is a powerful monster and that is to say the least about the processor of the device. The “1.86 GHz Intel Atom Z540” processor provides sufficient power to match even the best performing laptops around. The processor mind you is better clocked than the Apple Arm processor running in the Apple iPad. The capacitive touchscreen is something that can be very well credited to the Windows seven operating system and for all those that had a doubt about Windows seven as a touch screen operating system here is the answer. The 8.9-inch capacitive multitouch display with 1,024 x 600 resolution provides an unparalleled viewing experience and the front-facing VGA camera and the 3-megapixel camera on the back well complement the same. The camera on the back is capable of video recording at 1080p which is the best that can be done using any tablet device till now and that to HP is a credit.
The HP Slate price is $799, but the advantage is that it comes packed with all accessories including the HP Slate Dock, HP Slate Digital Pen, and the HP Slate Portfolio. Yeah, the price might be too high, but at least Microsoft takes the money from you at the beginning, unlike Apple who asks an awful amount of money for the iPad’s accessories.
HP Slate 500 Specifications:
Here are the complete specs of the device for those who like to compare (and believe usitis going to beat most of the tablets coming in it way):
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- 8.9-inch capacitive multitouch display
- 1,024 x 600 resolution
- front-facing VGA camera
- 3-megapixel camera on the back with video capture
- 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 64GB SSD
- Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator
- 1080p video
- HDMI port
- Windows 7
- Included dock and case
At the moment the HP Slate release date is pretty much unknown, but according to HP it should be available soon. What’s a sure shot is that the HP Slate is going to be released only in the US, and if it’s successful then HP is going to explore other markets as well.
HP Slate 500 Hands On and First Impressions Video: