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Employees in big business can soon look forward to HP's latest tablet: the Windows-running, Intel Atom-based Slate 2.

Despite the numbering, the Slate 2 is an follow-up to the Slate 500, dropping the latter's 1.9GHz Atom Z540 for the more modern, but seemingly slower - the the specs are anything to go by - 1.5GHz Z670.

HP Slate 2 Windows, Atom tablet

As before, the new, 680g Slate has an 8.9in, 1024 x 600 panel, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 2GB of 800MHz DDR 2 of memory and up to 32GB of solid-state storage.

The new models comes with the Swype virtual keyboard pre-loaded as an alternative to Microsoft's. Swype lets you write by sliding your finger from key to key rather than tapping.

HP Slate 2 Windows, Atom tablet

The 2 is $100 less than the 500 - $699 and $799, respectively; there's no UK pricing yet - but that's mostly a result of the lower storage capacity.

The Slate 2 goes on sale worldwide later this month. ®

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