HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

Summary:The HP Slate has had a tumultuous year, and it's not even available yet. But a new video has us wondering if the Microsoft-backed tablet actually could be the answer to Apple's iPad that we've all been waiting for.

The HP Slate has had a tumultuous year, and it's not even available yet. But a new video has us wondering if the Microsoft-backed tablet actually could be the answer to Apple's iPad that we've all been waiting for.

Since its official unveiling at CES 2010 in January, reception for the Slate has probably been less than what HP and Microsoft would have hoped for. An underwhelming device (especially when compared to the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab), it has been difficult all year to see where the HP Slate would fit in. There are plans for a WebOS-based Slate to roll out next year, which has received more praise than any other version.

We've known about a Windows 7 version for awhile now, and it looks like we can all get a peek at that one in the leaked YouTube video below. The prototype looks like it could be something we'd see at the consumer level, boasting:

  • Windows 7 OS
  • Glass display
  • SD card slot
  • On-screen keyboard button
  • Microphone
  • Camera
  • Volume buttons
  • USB port
  • Built-in speakers

Using an unidentified Intel processor, the HP Slate is shown to power up and run rather quickly (even if there was something off with the scrolling at first).

While it isn't much, this review has presented a better perspective of the HP Slate than probably anything we've seen up until this point. The 8.9-inch device might not have made the best first impression, and we definitely need to learn more about the specs.

But with the right price, do you think it might have a chance now against the iPad?

[Via Gizmodo]

Topics: Hewlett-Packard

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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