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Monday, April 5, 2010

HP Slate Specs Leaked?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/05/...5-hour-battery/

"Well, well -- what's this? We just got our hands on what looks like an internal HP Slate presentation given to cool down some of the iPad hype amongst HP employees, and it just happens to have specs and pricing details on the elusive Windows 7 tablet."

This looks official enough, but anyone with moderate skills can mock up nearly anything, so I'll hold off on believing this 100%...but there's nothing on here that's difficult to believe. An Atom Z530 CPU makes sense, as does 1 GB of RAM (I wish it were 2 GB though) and everything else makes sense. It's nice to see they didn't cripple it with Windows 7 Starter edition - what with its non-background changing and all - and the two cameras are a nice addition. The hardware addresses many of the things that the iPad lacks - but the Slate clearly falls short in the battery life department when stacked up against the iPad. So what do you think? If the HP Slate comes out at $549, will you buy one?


New HP Slate Video Looks Amazing

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 10:22 AM

http://h20435.www2.hp.com/t5/Voodoo...ence/ba-p/54735

"Up to now, we've given you only tiny glimpses of the HP slate device coming out later this year. You saw it first in a video we released during CES and most recently in videos demoing its Web experience and Adobe Flash and Air support. We've also blogged about the evolution of the slate category and our history in the space. So far, almost everything we've shared showcases how you'll consume media with the device. And by media we mean all types of digital content, whether it's a story from a major news outlet or videos and photos you've shot. But we also believe that media consumption is only half of the ideal mobile experience."

One word: WOW. I've been cautiously optimistic about the HP Slate, and what was holding me back was the fact that Windows 7 isn't a touch-focused operating system, or is it an operating system that tends to work really well on low-end hardware. While I can't speak to the performance yet (and frankly I'm a bit worried about that), if the work that HP has done on this custom UI goes fairly deep, I could see spending most of my time inside this software suite. It's hard to judge the final product based on a slick marketing video, but I see a lot of things here that I like.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Rumored Price for HP Slate Looks Good

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/19/...-cpu-confirmed/

"Seemingly obtained from HP itself, the €400 ($546) price tag positions the Slate a notch above netbooks and bodes well for the expectation that it'll undercut the iPad's entry level pricing. Straight currency conversations are inadvisable in such situations, so we'll just have to wait until official stickers for the iPad in Europe are known or HP announces US prices for the Slate."

If this pricing holds true, I think I'll be going with this over the iPad. I know you can make the argument either way, but I prefer having a full OS and the ability to do what I want on the device over the easier to use, but more locked down environment of the iPad. Plus, since this runs Windows, I'll hopefully be able to tether this to my Droid without much trouble.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

HP Slate Shows Off Its Ability To Run Flash

Posted by Jon Childs in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/08/...ays-for-a-rock/

"It shouldn't be any surprise that the HP Slate supports Flash, since it runs Windows 7, but we've seen so little of the device since Steve Ballmer first waved it around at CES that we're still totally intrigued by this video from Adobe showing it in action. Yep, there it is, playing video, running casual Flash games, and using AIR applications."

HP just released another video of their forthcoming Slate device, demonstrating its ability to use Flash. This looks like a serious competitor to the iPad in the slate form factor market. HP says that the Flash support will use hardware acceleration so it should be able to handle streaming HD from Youtube and Hulu. It runs Windows 7 so it should support multitasking. It was demoed running the Kindle application so you will have access to the largest ebook marketplace. Only time will tell if it can be a serious competitor to the iPad, but it certainly has a lot of the features that the iPad will lack.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gizmodo Compares the Hot Slates

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:00 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5459308/slate-sh...kyline=true&s=i

Gizmodo has put together an interesting chart that shows the way these devices stack up to each other. Worth checking out!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

More Information on the HP Slate Shown at CES 2010

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:38 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apwIiqIKf84

If this doesn't qualify as a teaser, I don't know what does - the video is a bit over 5 minutes long, but there's a frustrating lack of information about the HP Slate, a device we've talked about before. Date? 2010 is the only commitment. Screen size? Looks like nine or ten inches. Specs? Nothing is known. It looks reasonably thin, though not shockingly so - I fully expect the Apple slate device being announced tomorrow to be much thinner...but keep in mind that the Apple slate device is rumoured to be running the iPhone/iPod Touch operating system, not the OS X you find on Macbooks. There's a huge difference between the requirements of a full desktop OS and a mobile OS, so it's not a fair comparison - though I'm sure the comparison will get made anyway. 2010 is certainly shaping up to be the year of the slate computer, that's for sure!


Thursday, January 7, 2010

The HP Slate Device

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 10:40 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/06/the-hp-slate/

Engadget has a brief post about the forthcoming HP slate - notice how "slate" is the buzz-word this year at CES - but no one knows much about it yet. HP didn't have it out for display at the press conference event I attended last night (yeah, I'm at CES!), but we know that it's going to be running Windows. The question, as always, is how well can Windows 7 work on a small-screen device? Windows doesn't have a very flexible UI - there are assumptions about the screen size of the device being a certain size, and once you get below the 9 inch range, you start to get into problems being able to hit touch targets. Windows 7 is the best of all Microsoft OS' in terms of having reasonably-sized UI elements - the new taskbar area for instance has nice, big icons. Windows isn't designed for touch though, so how well will a device like this work? What do you think?

Tags: hp, ces 2010, hp slate

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