As expected, HP plans to launch a 17 inch Android tablet called the HP Slate 17. It features a full HD touchscreen display, an Intel Celeron N2807 Bay Trail quad-core processor, and a starting price of about $450.

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The system looks more like an all-in-one desktop computer than a tablet. But it has a built-in battery which lets you use it for several hours without plugging the Slate 17 into a power source.

It runs Android 4.4 KitKat, has 2GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI output, a 720p webcam, and a USB 2.0 port.

Interestingly there’s no HDMI input, so you cannot use the Slate 17 as monitor or display for another device. But you can connect an external display if the 17 inch screen isn’t big enough for you.

The system weighs 5.4 pounds and features 2 kickstands. One lets you prop up the Slate 17 like a desktop monitor while the other is a shorter stand that lets you lean the device back so it’s almost, but not quite flat against a table.

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2 replies on “First look: HP Slate 17 Android tablet”

  1. Thanks for clearing up the lack of HDMI-input. HP’s initial announcement suggested such a feature.

    If it could act as a companion-monitor for a laptop, it would be a great buy for that feature (pending decent monitor specs).

    The style, and idea behind this device make me want to have a need for it, but I don’t. Anywhere I have a desk/table surface to use a device like this, a desktop or laptop is a better device.

    1. There are apps that would allow you to use it for a companion monitor for a laptop or desktop such as iDisplay and Splashtop. It is basically remote desktop code with the “second screen” or “extended screen” written in. Soon HDMI/DVI/DisplayPort inputs and outputs will be a thing of the past. (And of course, Apple fans will claim that it validates Apple’s decision not to put those types of ports on the iPad.)

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