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HP Slate gets spec'd and priced out

by Derek Kessler Fri, 22 Oct 2010 10:57 am EDT

HP Slate

HP’s Windows 7-powered Slate tablet computer has seen more than its fair share of drama over the past several months. Ever since HP bought out Palm, questions have swirled about the potential future or lack thereof for the device, but HP has remained determined to get it to market. Sure, it’s taken longer than the Palm Pre took (for real), but things are finally getting close.

Evidence? CNET got their hands on a slide image from HP that finally gives us a glimpse at what kind of hardware the Slate packs. First things first, the screen is 8.9 inches, responds to finger multitouch and pen input (hooray?), and is 1024x600 pixels. The device itself weighs in at 1.5 pounds and packed inside you’ll find an Intel Atom Z540 clocked at 1.86GHz, a 64GB SSD, 2GB RAM, integrated Intel Broadcom graphics, the usual non-cellular connectivity, and two cameras: a rear-facing 3 megapixel shooter, with a smaller VGA camera up front for candid self-shots and video conferencing. Considering that HP intends to market the Slate towards the business crowd, we’d expect more of the latter. At least until the boardroom meetings start getting extra slow.

Now how much will this package cost you? $799, that’s how much. Yeah, that’s more than every version of the Apple iPad, excepting the 64GB 3G version, but that comes with cellular connectivity, which is not an option for the Slate. Granted, that $799 is for a different breed of device than the iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab, and it also includes a handy dock with HDMI-out and a carrying case (for the Slate, not the dock).

Even with this device targeted exclusively at the enterprise crowd, it’s still a tempting proposition. A full-fledged full-portable computer for eight hundred bucks? We suppose the Slate’s success or failure will boil down to the user experience, or at least it would if it were being released in the corporate space. By focusing on the corporate space, HP only has to convince a few execs and IT chiefs that the Slate will make their business better. Still, we’d love to get our hands on one to give it an unprofessional uncorporate go.

Source: CNET, Engadget; Via: Engadget