What a surprise… mere days after the release of Apple’s iPad, fresh details about HP’s competing slate device have suddenly made their way onto the web. Engadget has posted "what looks like an internal HP Slate presentation given to cool down some of the iPad hype amongst HP employees;" said presentation reveals the contraption’s price tag and full specifications.
Apparently, the HP Slate will have a 8.9" 1024×600 capacitive multi-touch display, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, Intel integrated graphics (possibly flanked by a Broadcom Crystal HD decoder chip), 1GB of DDR2 RAM, either 32 or 64GB of flash storage, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a two-cell polymer battery rated for "up to 5+ hours" of run time.
Other perks will include an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor, support for stylus-based input, inward- and outward- facing cameras, an HDMI out, and an SD card reader with support for capacities as high as 128GB. HP will offer optional 3G, WWAN, and GPS functionality, too. As Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made clear three months ago, the HP Slate will run Windows 7 Home Premium. Engadget’s leaked slide also mentions an "HP touch-optimized UI."
Physically speaking, this device will measure 9.2" x 5.7" x 0.6" and tip the scales at 1.49 lbs—a little smaller and thicker than the iPad.
Somewhat surprisingly, the slide suggests that HP won’t undercut Apple. Pricing will purportedly start at $549 for the base HP Slate model and reach up to $599, perhaps for the 64GB flavor. Neither Engadget nor the slide reveal how much extras like 3G connectivity will add to the total, though.