HP talks up slate launch
Later this year and (well?) under $1500
HP has confirmed plans to launch a tablet later this year, hinting that the machine will cost considerably less than $1500 (£930).
The PC giant teamed up with Microsoft to unveil the tablet – currently unofficially referred to as the HP Slate – at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month. Phil McKinney, CTO of HP’s personal systems group, has since said that the company is committed to launching the device in 2010.
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McKinney made the comment in an HP-produced video posted online this week, adding that had the company launched its slate two years ago – which it could have done, he claimed – then the machine would have been much more expensive, around a whopping $1500.
The HP executive wouldn't be drawn on an exact price, but promised that the tablet will carry a “mainstream” price tag. Read into that what you will.
HP’s tablet is roughly the size of a sheet of A4 and less than an inch thick. It runs Windows 7. Official specifications are still under wraps, though McKinney added that the machine will support the likes of YouTube, Hulu-style websites and online magazines. ®
less than an inch and under £930
Wow, that is just too exciting, if it was 1995!!!
There has already been a mac book air, there has already been tablet laptops (toshiba swivel screen effort). I'm sure i saw an advert once that said HP innovate, well not judging by this they dont.
Did Fujitsu Siemens not do this?
A few years back Fujitsu Siemens launched a "slate" tablet. Looked cool but was not very useful as you had to do all input via the screen or carry a seperate keyboard/mouse/stand.....
And who says History doesn't repeat itself?
Well that explains why it has taken so long. It has taken a while for Moore's Law to make the required resources small enough to fit in the box.
Battery life surely sucks, but it will depend on what it is used for.
What are the primary markets?
I've heard of tablets being touted for use in hospitals etc (every nurse carries one to instantly access and update patient records). But for that you really want something that can last a whole shift (12 hours) on a single battery - two at an absolute stretch.