HP announces new Windows 7 tablet

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.

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    • Xenolith
    • 8 years ago

    Llano based tablet, that allows the install of Win 8 developer preview, then I’m interested.

      • NeelyCam
      • 8 years ago

      You like 50min battery life, eh?

    • jabro
    • 8 years ago

    At least HP was smart enough to release their new Slate with a slower Atom processor to compliment the same clunky old design. This should ensure the best possible Windows 7 user experience and remined everyone what an innovative company HP is (HP invent!!!). I hope HP is not being too daring with this aggressive design choice.

    OK, now that I’m done sarcasticly mocking HP and the withered husk of a company that it has become (as a former HP employee, it’s hard for me to stop), I have to change my focus to Intel. What’s up with Intel’s inability to bring its new, already announced 32 nm Atoms to market? Would they not offer badly needed help to companies like HP that are trying to bring x86 based tablets to market? For a company that has completely missed the smart phone/tablet revolution, you would think that Intel would have sufficient motivation to get their $&*@ in gear and start shipping some 32 nm Atoms ASAP. Of course new Atoms would not fix Windows 7’s lackluster touch interface or the lack of Windows applications designed for touch, but it would give Intel’s partners something better to build an x86 tablet design around. Then again, HP would probably just end up shipping the same warmed over Slate 500 design anyway – you know, because it’s easier than having to do any real design work.

      • misuspita
      • 8 years ago

      With Intel it’s simple. No competition, no incentive to spend money developind something better. If Bobcat would have fit inside a smaller power anvelope, and give Atom a run for it’s money in a tablet form, than maybe yes, but without that, no, no newer CPU’s

        • jabro
        • 8 years ago

        I see your point, but it really depends on what Intel sees as their competition. If we’re only talking about the x86/Windows 7 tablet market, then I agree that Intel has limited competition from AMD’s current 40 nm products. But, If you consider the broader tablet market including ARM based offerings like the wildly successful iPad, then Intel is only a niche player with lots of competition.

          • NeelyCam
          • 8 years ago

          To me it almost seems as if tablets were a fad that’s almost over. (If you don’t consider iPad, of course… anything Apple is a non-fad.) Samsung Tab, TouchPad etc. are all rather limited, IMO.

          Touchscreen keyboards are even worse than the cheapest keyboards you can find in the cheapest netbook. The performance is weak. You can’t really do much with these things except some light tab-appropriate gaming and browsing.

          I have a feeling that Intel has noticed this weakness, and preparing a strike with 1) x86 compatibility for tablets through Win8, and 2) ultrabooks aimed at higher performance with an [i<]actual[/i<] keyboard. AMD could operate in this market with Bobcat derivatives but WTF with the layoffs?!??! These things tend to have big short-term impacts on everything. People lose motivation on working on the daily things when there is a worry that they get fired... instead, they focus on networking to find a new job.

    • jdaven
    • 8 years ago

    So let me get this straight. Balmer show cases the future of tablets with the original HP slate. HP realizes that an atom powered windows 7 tablet would blow so they discontinued it. They then spent billions on Palm to get WebOS to make the Touchpad based on ARM. They changed their mind again and decided to completely kill WebOS and spin off the entire PC business (including tablets). They then fired the CEO, hired Meg Whitman of all people, and is now going to release a tablet based on atom and windows 7 that will still blow.

    What an incompetent company!?

      • khands
      • 8 years ago

      If a company is a person and the executive board is the brain then HP is a bi-polar schizophrenic.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      well when you say it like THAT it makes them look stupid. lol

        • Noigel
        • 8 years ago

        …They then fired the CEO, hired Meg Whitman of all people, and is now going to release a tablet based on atom and windows 7 that will still blow.

        **************************

        And they think they still have the trust and respect of the buying masses and that soon they will oust the current tablet leader from the top spot.

      • GTVic
      • 8 years ago

      Yes, I’m sure they whipped this product together in the 5.5 weeks since she’s been the CEO seeing as how she was able to completely familiarize herself with the company and make the decision to go ahead with this project on her first day.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    I’ll just wait till they discontinue it and cut the price to 100 dollars!

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 8 years ago

      That was under a different regime. These will go straight to ebay.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 8 years ago

    I just thought of something… will people be able to upgrade to Windows 8 with their tablets or will you have to buy a new tablet?

      • drfish
      • 8 years ago

      I bought an Acer Iconia Tab W500 to “control tablet fever” at work. I installed the Win8 dev preview on it same as I would on any desktop machine (booted from a USB DVD drive). No problems, works great (for what it is so far).

        • Peldor
        • 8 years ago

        Nice. Didn’t realize these were under $500 too.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      x86 = x86 that’s the advantage intel/amd brings vs ARM

    • mutarasector
    • 8 years ago

    “it’s easy to forget that HP also sells Windows 7-powered tablets. The HP Slate 500 came out in October 2010,”

    It’s easy to forget this because so far, Windows tablets are still largely ‘forgettable’. Even though it may be $100 cheaper, and sport a Z540 Atom, a Slate 2 is still an underpowered, overpriced tablet.with a shoe-horned OS.

    Until Win 8 arrives, I just can’t seriously consider current windows based tablets worthy of consideration in tablet space.

      • dpaus
      • 8 years ago

      It very much depends on what you’re going to use it for. If you’re sitting on your couch surfing the web, an iPad (or a TouchPad) is fine. If you’re equipping 100 nurses with a mobile platform for securing accessing and updating patients’ medical files, complete with enterprise-grade security, then, not so much…

        • mcnabney
        • 8 years ago

        So your point is that this is a non-consumer device?

          • MadManOriginal
          • 8 years ago

          *golf clap*

      • NeelyCam
      • 8 years ago

      Underpowered? Clearly Z670 is much faster than any dual-core A9 based chip.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 8 years ago

        Yeah, but no ARM CPU is ever going to have to handle Windows 7 and all of the whizz-bang phooey that comes with it.

        Going forth, I think we need to be more careful with how the word “faster” is thrown about. A simple, very tightly integrated chip has a lot of speed advantages because most people are really just trying to move minimal amounts of information from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Atom does not meet this definition and it does not appear that it will until 2013.

          • NeelyCam
          • 8 years ago

          Fair point.

            • mutarasector
            • 8 years ago

            Precisely why I said ‘until win8 arrives’. Considering the memory footprint shedding of Win8, (setting aside the ARM port for a moment), an x86 based Win 8 tablet is much more likely to be of interest on consumer radars. As dpaus pointed out, (and is the very scenario under which my own doctor’s practice currently uses Slates), the current Slates do have a use, but they’re hardly taxing applications, nor even really in the same class as media consumption-centric devices.

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