HP official have already stated that the company plans to give tablets another try — and implied that the company’s next tablet would run Windows 8 rather than webOS or Android. Now the folks at Neowin have snagged a leaked presentation which appears to give a first look at HP’s upcoming Windows 8 tablet.
The HP Slate 8 tablet appears to be aimed at business and professional users, much like the HP Slate 500 Windows 7 tablet. It will ship with Windows 8 Pro software.
But the HP Slate 8 also looks a little more consumer-friendly than the company’s Windows 7 tablets thanks to Microsoft’s new touch-friendly Metro user interface. The upcoming tablet will have an x86 processor, but it will reportedly get 8 to 10 hours of battery life and be just 9.2mm (about 0.36 inches) thick, making it thinner than the latest iPad.
It’s a little heavier though, at about 1.5 pounds.
The tablet will feature a 10.1 inch display and support for finger or digital pen input — suggesting that an active digitizer will at least be an option.
I just hope HP will eventually resolve their thermal design issues. Seems like everyone I know has had their HPs overheat. Also, hope it doesn’t use an atom processor… at the least it should use the AMD E-XXX to provide acceptable performance and allow for more than 2GB of RAM. That’s the biggest weakness with these Windows slates.. using the Atom NXXX… too underpowered and slow.
nevermind… just read that Windows 8 requirement link someone posted.. guess we’re stuck with intel atom variants 🙁
iPad is just a waste of money. Used it for couple of days (with Excitement though). Now i seldom touch it.
Eagerly waiting for Win 8. Want the full function.
If they were to call it the “HP SL8”, they could appeal to all the young hipsters. Har har.
Not excited. I guess more competiton in the tablet field is okay but the last thing we want is MS ruining another industry. I strongly suspect that they’ll find there isn’t much room for profits, not even close to the levels ms and intel have been accustomed to. I expect this product to be less successful than the touchpad was.
You should probably consider getting a life!
Yep… Been using a Samsung Windows 8 tablet since Christmas and everyone who has seen it (iPad and Android users alike… Even apple store employees) keep asking “Where can I buy it?”. They are going to ruin that market by making tablets that actually are useful. Oh… I have 3 iPads, 1 android tablet and a Kindle. Stopped using all of them as well as my laptop when I got te Slate.
wtf!!!!!!MS built the industry as it is today,,,bo one is forcing anyone to buy MS, Apple, android, balckberry, webos,linux etc etc etc, heres a suggestion,dont buy anything,,that will show em,,
Windows tablets have existed long before iPad and Android tablets. They are the original tablets but were solely targeted at business use. iPads/Android Tablets are consumer devices, which are useless for real work. I never touch my Android tablet once the novelty wore off. With phone screens approaching 5″ tablets are becoming even more useless. I use my Windows 7 convertible tablet (XT3) for everything, including handwritten notes that look like I wrote with pen and paper when I print it out.
With a name like that i expected it to have a 8 inch screen.
I am waiting patiently for the first affordable Windows 8 tablet that will allow me to ink like used to do on my old Motion Computing Tablet. Affordable to me is under $1,000.00.
let me quess,,3000 dollars
This could be based on a shrunken Intel reference design for 10″ to 11″ Win 8 x86 tablets using the Clover Trail dual core Z2760 CPU, 1366 x 768 capacitive display (so that all Win 8 functions can be performed), optional active digitizer and pen (hopetully with palm rejection, and a silo for the pen), 9 hour+ battery life, 3G/4G ready (courtesy of Intel’s purchase of Infineon’s wireless chip business), WiFi a/b/g/n, WiDi, sub 9.4 mm (iPad 3) thickness, NFC (near field communications), WiFi Direct, 1.5 lb weight (iPad 3 is 1.44 lb)
Note that this is not Cedar Trail. Intel probably had to skip Cedar Trail in order to present a compelling, read: iPad beater, product. Cue “The Empire Strikes Back” theme. The Z2760 has a Core i5-like “burst mode” and hyperthreading (to appear as 4 virtual CPUs). The key is its significantly-improved graphics over the much-maligned built-in Atom graphics.
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Will all this come in at or below $600?
The “burst mode” is something they introduced with Medfield and it’s similar to the Core i-series “Turbo Boost” feature that dynamically over clocks as needed unless the system is too hot to allow for it.
For the Medfield Z2460, this means it actually operates at 1.3GHz but can “burst mode” to 1.6GHz.
Clover Trail adopts many of the same optimizations as Medfield, including a more SoC like MCM packaging. So should be ideal for tablet usage.
Medfield isn’t intended to run Windows though, and thus why Clover Trail will be more ideal for Windows 8 tablets.
While Windows 8 will provide a more tablet friendly UI with Metro and like Android and iOS it’ll have power optimizations and more efficient app design to be both faster than traditional windows and more energy efficient.
Clover Trail will be basically replacing Oak Trail, so it’s providing a die shrink from 45nm to 32nm and should significantly reduce thermals and cost.
Cedar Trail, for example, reduced the cost of the chipset by about a third from the cost of the previous Pine Trail chipset. While Clover Trail is also reducing the chipset to a single MCM/SoC packaging, which should further help reduce cost and system design.
So it could be that we may indeed see sub $600 Windows 8 tablets with Clover Trail.
For Medfield Z2560, the 1.6GHz version meant for tablets, there is already rumors that we will likely see $300 tablet with Android, to give some idea of how low they’re pushing this now.
I’m pretty excited about windows 8 on tablets. I hope Microsoft and hardware makers like HP are able to deliver on something that can compete against the iPad.
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