Report: HP Slate coming in June, will cost €400 in Europe


— 11:58 AM on March 19, 2010

Remember that HP Slate Steve Ballmer showed just three weeks before the iPad's launch? Although somewhat overshadowed and out-hyped by the Apple product, the device is no mere proof of concept. Spanish site Clipset has dug up a few juicy nuggets of information about the tablet, and it says HP is gearing up for a June release.

The device will come outfitted with an Atom processor, a card reader, a rear-facing camera, a non-slip rubber back, and Windows 7. Clipset points out that you'll be able to run Adobe Flash, as well—a key selling point, since Flash doesn't look to be headed to the iPhone OS (which also powers the iPad) anytime soon.

Finally, Clipset says the HP Slate will cost €400 when it hits European store shelves by September. Whip out your favorite currency converter, and that figure translates to $541. Pay HP's website a visit, however, and you'll see the company's Mini 210 netbooks start at €299 in Europe and $280 stateside. So, you can probably count on the HP Slate handily undercutting the iPad's $499 price tag. (Thanks to Engadget for the tip.)

 
   
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