Leaked HP slide details iPad-sized Windows 8 slate

HP appears to have a rather interesting tablet in the works. A “trusted source” has supplied Neowin with a presentation slide detailing the Slate 8, a 10″ tablet purportedly powered by Windows 8. The slide mentions Win8 Professional, suggesting that the tablet won’t run on ARM-based hardware. Squeezing an x86 CPU into the thing would be rather impressive, considering it’s supposed to be just 9.2 mm thick and weigh 1.5 lbs—about the same as the new iPad. HP is claiming 8-10 hours of battery life for the device, as well.

While it’s unlikely the Slate 8 will feature a high-DPI display, the slide teases an “outdoor viewing option.” It’s unclear whether the display uses something similar to Pixel Qi’s transflective technology or simply an ultra-bright backlight like the SuperIPS+ screen in Asus’ Transformer Prime tablet.

Business customers appear to be the target market for the Slate 8, which will offer docking support and include an embedded TPM module. I’d love to see one of these paired with a Transformer-style keyboard dock, complete with a decent touchpad and a secondary battery. If it’s aimed at businesses, though, it probably won’t be cheap. The Slate 8 seems like an unlikely candidate for Ivy Bridge, and there’s only so much I can justify spending on an Atom-based tablet.

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    • blastdoor
    • 8 years ago

    The more I think about it the more I think windows on Arm will flop. Windows and x86 can never escape each other.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 8 years ago

    I’m not interested in any product that might be dumped in 6 months when a company decides it wants quick cash more than good product development.

    However, if it goes on a $99 fire sale, I’m all in. 😉

    • Anarchist
    • 8 years ago

    windows tablets are so expensive … is it me or is MSFT missing the point yet again?

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      we don’t know. we have to wait and see the price for windows 8. considering you can get a windows 7 netbook for cheaper than a “free” chromebook, imma guess windows will be pretty competitive.

      • burntham77
      • 8 years ago

      Acer and MSI make some relatively cheap Windows 7 tablets that can be upgraded to the Windows 8 Preview that is out. They’re x86 machines, so they’re not as slick as iPads and Android tablets, but they’ll get it done if you’re looking for a full Windows tablet.

      I think the Windows tablet you are thinking of is that 1200 dollar Samsung unit. Yeah, that’s just too much for that.

    • Goty
    • 8 years ago

    Even with the latest crop of SoCs, I can’t see Windows 8 being a very satisfying experience on a tablet without some MAJOR trimming down from Windows 7. The tablet looks pretty enticing from the (admittedly limited) information supplied, but one of the first things I’d do would be to slap Android on it.

      • dpaus
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]slap Android on it[/quote<] Which would pretty much be the end of its suitability for the corporate/enterprise market.

        • Goty
        • 8 years ago

        I guess it’s a good thing that I’m not a corporate/enterprise user, then. 😉

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          then why wouldn’t you just buy an android tablet? they’re available now.

    • 5150
    • 8 years ago

    Am I too late to give Geoff crap about Medfield?

    /looksatotherposts

    Damn it.

      • dpaus
      • 8 years ago

      At least you beat NeelyCam to it.

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        Still trying to trick me? Sorry, I’m not that easy…

        …even though it’s Friday

    • tejas84
    • 8 years ago

    Geoff have you ever heard of Intel Medfield x86 SoC?

    Anandtech reviewed it a few days back

    [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/5770/lava-xolo-x900-review-the-first-intel-medfield-phone[/url<] You will see that x86 can quite easily fit into a tablet form factor and is more than competitive with ARM on performance and battery life.

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]I'd love to see (HP make)... a decent touchpad[/quote<] Freudian slip, Geoff? [quote<]The Slate 8 seems like an unlikely candidate for Ivy Bridge, and there's only so much I can justify spending on an Atom-based tablet[/quote<] And what's wrong with AMD's 4.5W Hondo chip, or even the 17W Trinity?

      • Washer
      • 8 years ago

      The reason Ivy Bridge isn’t likely is the same reason Trinity isn’t likely, and to a similar extent Hondo. Those chips consume far too much power for the form factor. Current tablets with ARM innards rarely exceed 8 or 9 hours of usable battery life. I understand you’re hyped about the upcoming AMD chips but you’re being awfully unrealistic about them.

        • Sam125
        • 8 years ago

        Geode would’ve been the obvious competitor to Atom SoCs (Medfield) but that line was nixed when AMD was seriously facing bankruptcy.

        At any rate, HP is clearly positioning the Slate towards business users which means it’ll be completely uninteresting to most consumers. Although a TPM module in a tablet does sound kind of neat. : )

        • dpaus
        • 8 years ago

        Yeah, getting 8 – 10 hours for Trinity in a form factor 9.2mm thick would be quite a feat 🙂

        I was just pointing out that the alternatives are not exclusively Intel. If you’re not happy with the performance potential of a 2.8W Atom, why is a 4.5W Hondo not even worthy of consideration?

        But, while Hondo might be an interesting choice, I haven’t even heard rumours of availability yet. And the link suggests that the device in question will ship before the end of 2012, which sounds right, since the leaked slide certainly looks like ‘budgetary marketing material’ to me.

          • Washer
          • 8 years ago

          Except the alternatives you listed are not viable, the chip after Hondo, in the sub 2W range will be. But as of right now the only alternatives in Windows 8 tablet land are ARM based and that means Windows RT (which means not viable for enterprise).

      • burntham77
      • 8 years ago

      AMDs APUs seem perfect for tablets. I hope we see some.

    • jdaven
    • 8 years ago

    If only they had bought the resources to do a really good in-house mobile OS optimized for ARM, the largest PC company in the world could really make a great tablet that far exceeds a Wintel device.

    Oh wait…

      • dpaus
      • 8 years ago

      LOL – OK, the good news is that by the time this comes out, Open WebOS will be available as an x86 task. Now if HP is just smart enough to avoid the Intel VT-only-on-high-end-chips Kool-Aid, we can all have our cake and eat a virtualized instance of it too.

      • Sam125
      • 8 years ago

      Who says HP can’t bring back WebOS? They just open sourced it, and at a time when HP was having some internal problems and were making several questionable decisions.

    • Gerbil Highlander
    • 8 years ago

    I bet it is going to be powered by Medfield. As it has proved to be competitive in power/performance with most ARM implementations, it should fit the bill to power this tablet. Intel is probably helping in the development, and might even have given a developed platform to HP.

      • Washer
      • 8 years ago

      Medfield would be my guess as well. Most likely the dual core model.

      • tay
      • 8 years ago

      Pretty shocking that Geoff doesn’t know wtf Medfield is.

      • WillBach
      • 8 years ago

      There’s more than one Atom SoC, guys 😉
      It’ll probably be one with a different GPU because Medfield’s doesn’t support the version of Direct X that Windows 8 needs.

        • Washer
        • 8 years ago

        Could you fill us in? What other Intel SoC would be viable? Doesn’t SGX 544MP2 have support for DirectX 9? That’s Medfield too and expected in 1H 2013.

          • WillBach
          • 8 years ago

          The Medfield uses the SGX 540, not the SGX 544MP2. It runs the 540 at 400 MHz, which is faster than on some other phones, but it’s not enough for Windows 8. From what’s been demoed, it looks like [url=http://www.anandtech.com/show/5614/microsoft-shows-windows-8-cp-on-tegra-3-krait-omap-5-clover-trail<]Windows 8 will run on Clover Trail[/url<]. I don't know what GPU Clover Trail will have, but it supposedly has two cores. There's a list of sightings at [url=http://www.theverge.com/tag/clover-trail<]The Verge[/url<] but nothing concrete that I could find to indicate the GPU. Forgot to respond before, sorry.

      • DavidC1
      • 8 years ago

      Medfield platform probably still needs minor modification for running desktop Windows. It would be based on Clover Trail.

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