With all the doom and gloom surrounding HP's webOS business, it's easy to forget that HP also sells Windows 7-powered tablets. The HP Slate 500 came out in October 2010, and HP has now followed up with the Slate 2, which features "expanded touch capabilities, enhanced multitasking performance and embedded security."
The Slate 2 has the same 8.9" display size and 1.5-pound weight as its predecessor. However, HP has swapped the 1.86GHz Atom Z540 for a 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor with integrated graphics. The device also features Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Blutooth, optional 3G wireless, front and rear cameras, an SD card slot, and a Trusted Platform Module chip. An optional dock adds HDMI output and a pair of USB 2.0 ports. HP touts a six-hour battery run time—not quite in the same league as the iPad 2's 10-hour rating, but not too bad for a Windows 7 system with a 1.5GHz Atom CPU.
According to HP, the Slate 2 will be available globally "later this month," and it will set you back $699. That's almost a hundred bucks cheaper than the Slate 500, which currently retails for $779.99 at Amazon.