HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

Summary: The Rasputin of iPad competitors, HP's Slate tablet appeared to be a goner after the company bought out Palm and suggested it was building tablets around webOS. And yet, there it is, listed in the labyrinth that is hp.

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The Rasputin of iPad competitors, HP's Slate tablet appeared to be a goner after the company bought out Palm and suggested it was building tablets around webOS. And yet, there it is, listed in the labyrinth that is hp.com as the Slate 500.

Don't crack open your wallet yet. There's no pricing or availability details listed; in fact, there's little more than a descriptive paragraph and thumbnail image of the device. We do learn that it's still running Windows 7 Premium, has an 8.9-inch touchscreen that can support stylus-based "writing" and "drawing," and sports video and still cameras.

Further sleuthing by PC World reveals that the Slate is listed as one of HP's Energy Star-qualified computers. The Energy Star site lists the Slate 500's processor as running at 1.6GHz, which Engadget says may refer to an Intel Atom Z530 CPU.

The Slate listing may just be an outdated piece of content on HP's site, but the company's Energy Star document is dated July 12. So is this tablet killed off, or will it actually see the light of day? And do you care?

Topics: Tablets, Browser, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Microsoft, Mobility, Windows

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  • Lots of people care

    An x86 tablet is the crack in the iPad wall. Viliv has managed to get 5-6 hours out of their atom tablets, so it's possible.

    And people will want to run real commercial software, and not the predominantly crapware apps that are available on the Android and iPad tablets.
    croberts
    • HINT to the idiots: a table is not a PC

      Trying to turn a table into a PC will be nothing but the death of the product.

      It is the same stupid idea people have when they expect a hybrid car to perform exactly the same as a 1965 Mustang with a NASCAR engine.
      wackoae
      • Hint to this idiot

        @wackoae : A "table" is a piece of furniture.
        BR999
      • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

        @wackoae <br>There is something very important I have not seen you from an iPad or Android tablet, handwriting input. And it looks this table will be capable of it. You combine this kind of table with OneNote, and you have an excellent working/educational tool. IMO, it will have a market.<br><br>FYI, altough is not exactly NASCAR, but is possible to have hybrid hacing hars. Ask Porsche about it. Maybe the same will happen with MS/HP<br><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/01/porsche-918-spyder-plug-in-hybrid-concept-gets-78-mpg-hits-62-m/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/01/porsche-918-spyder-plug-in-hybrid-concept-gets-78-mpg-hits-62-m/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/01/porsche-918-spyder-plug-in-hybrid-concept-gets-78-mpg-hits-62-m/</a></a><br><br><a href="http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100210/CARNEWS/100219985" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100210/CARNEWS/100219985" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100210/CARNEWS/100219985</a></a>
        dvm
      • Er.. It IS when it's a Surface table...

        @wackoae
        In which case, it's both.
        Wolfie2K3
      • Enjoy your vaporware, fanbuis

        Right now, it's all just a pretty failed picture.<br><br>lol...
        ahh so
  • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

    I care ... I intend to buy a tablet, but only if it's running Windows 7.
    roteague
    • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

      @roteague

      Agreed. I want something that will let me access all the content on my Windows Home Server, including recorded TV and video, plus Netflix streaming. And, the ability to access file and print resources on my home network. Outlook and OneNote would be the icing on the cake. Having invested in the whole home network and WHS, there's no way I'd put money into a device that couldn't take advantage of all that.
      1DaveN
      • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

        @DaveN_MVP <br><br>Bingo! Nothing will INTEGRATE better than Windows 7 or leverage your existing investments in hardware and software. That's why if these things are decent they'll fly off shelves. And BTW, HP has confirmed, the HP Windows 7 is for real and on it's way! No more guessing!
        Heatlesssun
      • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

        Keep pouring it on, shills. You have nothing of substance to point at.<br><br>Where are the production lines? Where are the epic sales figures?<br><br>Not.
        ahh so
  • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

    I started caring as soon as I got done testing an iPad:
    -Can't view most news clip (no Flash/Java)
    -Can't view many websites (no Flash/Java)
    -Can't find a native keyboard in my "other" language
    -Can't type a doc and listen to music at the same time (WTF is up with that?)

    Limitations, limitations, limitations...mama mia
    tripolitan
    • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

      @tripolitan Agree 110%...Apple limits their devices simply to make more money! I understand business, but filling Apple's coffers with more chump change is not my idea of fun and enjoyment.

      I'll wait for a device that can be used on the go, in production, and otherwise which Apple doesn't provide without restrictions! Sorli...
      sorli
    • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

      @tripolitan Except that you can type a doc and listen to music at the same time on iPad, as long as it's music you loaded on the device from iTunes and not a streaming radio service like Rhapsody, Pandora, or so on.
      nix_hed
      • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

        @nix_hed

        That's called a restriction. Don't have that on my tm2.
        Heatlesssun
    • You got to the web page?

      @tripolitan
      I'm getting errors that it's done a Casper act...
      Mihi Nomen Est
  • Awesomeness

    I think ASUS's tablet will still be the real winner if they can get the reported 10 hour battery life.

    10 hr batt life + Windows 7 + handwriting = Winner. Sorry iPad folks, but handwriting is part of working on a tablet.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

      @NStalnecker That would be the HP Touchsmart tm2
      bvonr@...
      • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

        @bvonr@...

        Writing these posts from my tm2 right now, fantastic device though to get 10 hours of battery life you'll need two batteries.
        Heatlesssun
      • I skipped over the TM2

        @bvonr@...

        The one I played with at a Best Buy was always hot to the touch. I don't think it had proper heat dispersion. I do, however, own an ASUS netvertible, which I am typing from right now. This thing would OWN if it had the battery power of an iPad, which supposedly, the upcoming ASUS EEE Pads do.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: HP lists Slate tablet on its Web site, still running Windows 7 Premium

      @NStalnecker
      +1! Pens simply are far more accurate and cannot be completely replaced with fat and inaccurate fingers.
      Heatlesssun