HP downgrades Slate Windows tab
Slower Atom, less Flash
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.
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.
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. ®
Probably because they lack a strategy.
It looks like a house brick
But that's windows requirements for you.
Why are HP doing another tablet after the TouchPad? Was it just WebOS that killed it?
I just don't get HP's strategy.
Two years after ARM took over the tablet market and this is the best wintel have come up with? Note to marketing drones having stylus in your publicity photo is the kiss of death.
Ah yes, the "cut" from MS that allows them to price the device at $699 and still hope to sell them, whereas they couldn't shift the Touchpads until they cut the price to $99