HP has been working on an 8.9 inch Windows slate PC since at least January, when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed one off on stage at CES. Since then, the tablet has run into a few speedbumps.
First, HP acquired Palm and a lot of attention got focused on the company’s upcoming Slate computers running WebOS. Then we discovered that HP was still working on Windows tablets, but would aim these devices at enterprise users rather than the general public.
Now a YouTube user has uploaded a hands-on video with a prototype of the HP Slate running Windows 7, and while it’s not entirely clear is this thing will be for business users or consumers, it has a few interesting design features.
First, there’s a nice big 3 megapixel camera on the back of the slate, along with a rubbery plastic backing which gives you something to grip.
There’s an SD card slot and a dedicated button to press in order to bring up an on-screen keyboard. There’s a mic integrated into the side of the case, as well as volume buttons and a USB port hidden away behind a door. There’s a dedicated Ctrl+Alt+Del button and a home button. The power button also serves as a lock to keep the power off (or on), while the tablet is in your bag or somewhere else you don’t want it accidentally turning on or off.
Speakers are integrated into the bottom of the tablet, along with a docking port.
There’s a second camera on the front for video chatting, and aside from the screen bezel and HP logo on the front, that’s about all you’ll see.
The tablet has a capacitive multitouch display, and while it isn’t shown in the video, the uploader says it also comes with a Wacom pen for more precise input.
You can check out the hands-on video after the break.
Update: Filed under unsurprising developments, the video is no longer available from YouTube.