HP Slate 500 Tablet PC Review: Specs, Pricing & Release Date

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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.

HP Slate 500 - HP Slate 500 Windows 7 Tablet PC: Specs, Pricing & Release Date

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.

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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
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 64GB SSD
  • Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator
  • 1080p video
  • HDMI port
  • Windows 7
  • Sylus
  • 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:

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  • Anniken

    wow! hp slate 500 price is too expensive! the slate look is quite bt i want a real hard drive, nt 64 gigs. we want a gd looking tablet running a real os with gd specs. i’m nt interested in apps, i wanna use real old fashioned software.

  • Fran

    i need a little help to buy a new tablet pc for my personal use. i want to buy any one from hp slate 500, apple ipad n samsung galaxy tab. hp slate 500 vs ipad vs galaxy tab…..so confused! pls help me t o solve my problem.

  • Michelle

    hp slate 500 specs n priced at $799 is set to give a gd fight to many tablets n laptops already available in the market. gr8!

  • jeetendra

    usb usb usb…pls tell us how many usb ports does the slate have. Not the docking station. That I am aware has 2 usb ports. Usb ports have become the weak spot for ipad. And, its a pain to transfer stuff on and off it.

  • Renson

    Note that the ipad tabloid ain’t good enough as credited, it has no SD expandable slot, which means that u have to use the inbuilt memory which ranges from 16GB to 64GB’s depending on the type of the ipad, the disgusting thing abt the ipad is that it doesn’t have a camera, so for you to use it ,you must connect to external accessories which are cumbersome to use and inconviniences in terms of mobility, did i say that u can’t multitask?? yeah……so i don’t see anything good abt the ipad, the best tabloids in the market are the hp slate 500 and the blackberry play book tablets which boosts their complexity and effeciency.The playbooktablet is egonometrically designed, has an hdmi port, has both rear (3MP) and front (5MP) vga cameras which helps the user during photo taking and net chating…it is full HD with 1080 p which is the highest definition in tablets you can get in the market..on top of that it has expandable slot, enough in-built memory, it can multitask since it uses the best os in the tablet technology, has both 3G and wi fi which crowns it as the best tablet in the market at the moment…so try it dude , though whatever is good never comes easier, what is good is worth every single struggle, so be ready coughing a handsome amnt of cash….BUT IT DESERVES..

  • Renson matundura-nairobi;kenya

    Note that the ipad tabloid ain’t good enough as credited, it has no SD expandable slot, which means that u have to use the inbuilt memory which ranges from 16GB to 64GB’s depending on the type of the ipad, the disgusting thing abt the ipad is that it doesn’t have a camera, so for you to use it ,you must connect to external accessories which are cumbersome to use and inconviniences in terms of mobility, did i say that u can’t multitask?? yeah……so i don’t see anything good abt the ipad, the best tabloids in the market are the hp slate 500 and the blackberry play book tablets which boosts their complexity and effeciency.The playbooktablet is egonometrically designed, has an hdmi port, has both rear (3MP) and front (5MP) vga cameras which helps the user during photo taking and net chating…it is full HD with 1080 p which is the highest definition in tablets you can get in the market..on top of that it has expandable slot, enough in-built memory, it can multitask since it uses the best os in the tablet technology, has both 3G and wi fi which crowns it as the best tablet in the market at the moment…so try it dude , though whatever is good never comes easier, what is good is worth every single struggle, so be ready coughing a handsome amnt of cash….BUT IT DESERVES..