While the blogosphere’s attention has been turned toward the upcoming WebOS Slate from HP, it looks like the company might be getting ready to launch a Windows 7 powered tablet. A device called the HP Slate 500 has started appearing on some HP web sites.

There aren’t a lot of details, but here’s what we know about the HP Slate 500 so far:

  • It has an 8.9 inch display
  • The slate runs Windows 7 Home Premium
  • There are two cameras for shooting photos or video and web conferencing
  • It will have a 1.6GHz unspecified processor (probably Intel Atom)

The HP Slate 500 will also reportedly support pen input — although it’s not clear at this point whether that means it has an active digitizer, a resistive touchscreen or some other form of touch input.

It looks like there will be at least 8 different configurations, but it’s not clear what differences will exist between these models.

via PC World

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13 replies on “HP Slate 500 Windows tablet shows up on HP.com”

  1. Everyone here is missing the point: This is an ENTERPRISE product, not a consumer one. While they might be great for web browsing, music and video, both Android and WebOS are worthless in the corporate environment.

    Try accessing MS Dynamics or SharePoint from anything but a Windows client and post your results here. MS is still firmly entrenched in the corporate network. The HP Slate represents a near-perfect solution for those who need quick access to these services.

    Now, where are the WWAN options?

    1. Wow…if MS Dynamics and SharePoint are what make a product and business viable in your eyes, I feel sorry for the business world.

      The idea that Android and/or WebOS is “worthless in the corporate environment” is incredibly short sighted as there is no reason either of them would be classified as such. At least with Android being open source, you could make business class applications with ease. They already have RDP clients, full Exchange integration, and Office integration. Those are more likely to be the staples of a business than fricken SharePoint and *gag* Dynamics. LOL

        1. Well, I work at several companies, but mainly Exchange, Windows Server, various firewalls, spam filters, vpn concentrators, etc. The “appliances” all use web interfaces. For Exchange and Windows I RDP into them. Oh, and same goes for VMWare which I also RDP into. If there is anything left that I can’t do on a iPad/Android type tablet, I can always RDP into my Windows 7 virtual workstation…however, I don’t really need that. So far, about the ONLY thing I can’t do with an Android tablet, but can do with an iPad would be Teamviewer remote control which I use to remotely troubleshoot and resolve issues on client workstations…but there is a app for Android under development as we speak according to the Teamviewer group. So yeah…I might not be able to do Sharepoint or Dynamics…but it has been my experience that very few companies actually leverage these products. I don’t know what the exact percentage is, but I would guess that in the world of business it is a very very low percentage.

  2. Again… What does Windows 7 bring to this form factor? Why would I pay perfectly good money to get a desktop UI that I have yet to see do anything but Fail without a mouse and keyboard, on a system that doesn’t HAVE a mouse and keyboard?

    Just slapping a few touch ‘friendly’ features onto an OS doesn’t make it a good mobile OS. What apps will you use on this? Word? How will that be useful without a keyboard, really? Sharepoint? OneNote? InfoPath? What is the killer app that makes this make sense?

    Do you honestly expect to see a huge market for Windows 7 touch apps? I personally think you’ll get a few ‘upsized’ premium Windows Phone 7 apps, and… yeah.

    I can’t help but think that the people that think they need Windows on a tablet before they buy it are going to be very sad once they have one.

    I’d LOVE to see this with Android, or WebOS though.

    1. The perfect example of what you are asking would be the Asus EP121. Use it as a tablet for portability, light weight, light-work/entertainment functions. Throw it in the laptop style dock for when you need to do more serious work.

      Personally, the appeal for me, is that a tablet is so much lighter than a notebook because you lose all the extra weight…especially when you don’t use it most of the time.

  3. Blah, Blah, Blah…all of these major manufacturer do a lot of talking about bringing out this tablet or that tablet and the only viable one belongs to that rotten fruit company with a fascist-dictator for a leader.

    I want a tablet 10/11/12 inch and as long as it works well I don’t care if it is W7 which I have on my desktops and laptop, it can be Google Android, MeeMoo. Like I said I just want it to work well….Just no Fruit for me Please!

  4. toshiba come quick, i’d rather give money to google and nvidia than microsoft and intel.

  5. It would be great as well. If HP will learn about how people are engaged with apps — so it can decide if they’ll launch their own (WebOS), or use other platform (e.g: Android) HP Tablet that never was

  6. I want Windows. Btw I want a usuable one not a rich-kid-toy anymore.

  7. Yawn..Show me a nice 10-12″ tablet running Android 2.2 with full Android market access and we’ll talk.

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