HP launches the HP500 Slate
This Windows 7 OS tablet is being aimed at the business market
HP has finally launched the HP Slate 500 tablet PC, complete with Windows 7, onto the US market.
The Slate has the ability to run both custom and corporate applications seamlessly, ideal for its target market of business professionals.
The device has an 8.9 inch touch screen and comes with a HP Slate digital pen, although your finger works just as well, plus a HP Slate Dock and HP Slate Portfolio.
With 2GB of RAM, and powered by an Intel Atom Z540 processor, the Slate should be able to handle all your tablet needs.
For video conferencing and recording, it has a VGA camera on the front plus a 3 megapixel camera on the back.
The Slate comes with a 64GB flash drive and a Graphic accelerator created by Broadcom, which enables the tablet to display HD video at 1080p.
With one USB 2.0, one combo stereo headphone/mic jack, one integrated microphone and one power connector/HP Slate Cradle connector, there are no surprises in the port department.
The device has intergrated Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth, but no 3G.
The five hours of battery time should keep you up and running for a while, though it is slightly less than the seven hours found on the Galaxy 7 tablet and the nine hours available on the iPad.
Weighing in at 0.68 kilogrammes, the same as the iPad wi-fi only version, the device is no burden.
The Slate is currently only being sold in the US, where it retails at around $799.
HP Middle East has said there are no plans to release the tablet in the region just yet. The company is waiting to see how well the Slate does in the US before it evaluates expanding into other markets.