Internal HP document leaks: Slate tablet to cost $549, run on Atom Z530 processor, hope to combat iPad.

Internal HP document leaks: Slate tablet to cost $549, run on Atom Z530 processor, hope to combat iPad.

Summary: Should Apple feel threatened by HP's forthcoming tablet competition? Maybe not, given the internal document that somehow wound up in Engadget's lap.

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Should Apple feel threatened by HP's forthcoming tablet competition? Maybe not, given the internal document that somehow wound up in Engadget's lap. It details the key specs for the Windows 7-running Slate, which is to be priced at a very Apple-like $549 or $599, depending on the flash storage capacity (32GB or 64GB).

It's similar in other respects to the iPad, including a multitouch screen (slightly smaller at 8.9 inches, with a 1,024x600 resolution), built-in Wi-Fi, and a 1.5-pound weight. Of course, it doesn't have a proprietary processor running it; instead, it uses the Intel Atom Z530 CPU familiar from many, many netbooks. One disadvantage seems to be that the Slate will only have about 5 hours of battery life, while Apple claims a battery life of 10 hours for the iPad, which has proven accurate in hands-on testing (if not understating things slightly). It's also a bit surprising that HP didn't take a chance on Nvidia's Ion graphics to boost gaming potential, sticking instead with Intel's UMA graphics.

On the other hand, the Slate will come with Windows 7 Home Premium, so an app store isn't as crucial (though you won't necessarily be able to run some programs with an Atom processor and just 1GB of RAM). It also has a built-in camera and a separate Webcam, SD memory-card slot, and USB 2.0 port, none of which the iPad sports. HP is also supplying a "touch-optimized" UI and support for a stylus, which would presumably be useful for handwritten notes.

No doubt, the Slate's specs will lead to an interesting debate. Is it better to have Windows 7 and a number of the features the iPad lacks, or perhaps a better-performing iPad with longer battery life and developers create apps by the boatload that are optimized for the device? I can't possibly think the ZDNet community has an opinion on this, one way or the other. And they'd never share it in our TalkBack section.

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  • *#($*Q#&$(Q*&#

    No ION? Crap :(

    And only a 1024x600 screen resolution? That doesn't seem right. The demo videos seemed like it had a little higher than that.


    Maybe this is an old document, and things have changed....? A guy can hope...
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Well, with Win7 and Atom, it will be a power hungry, over heating DOG.

      For a slate, you do not need Windows apps, you need an app store with applications and GUI designed for the form factor.
      DonnieBoy
      • Um. Wrong

        How do you know it will over heat? And it will hardly be power hungry. My netbook with the same specs ran just fine.

        And it has a customized touch UI
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
        • Um, basically right

          Does your netbook have a fan? Does it get fairly warm? Atom and W7 on a small tablet is just a bad solution, unless you have to have Windows compatibility, and most tablet users probably will not.

          You will not be able to design an Atom/W7 based tablet with the size, weight and battery life of the iPad.

          Now before you accuse me of being a fanboy, I am waiting for cheap ARM/Linux/Android tablets. I figure I will be able to buy one for less than $300 this year, with performance size/weight and battery life comparable to the iPad.
          Economister
          • Atom and W7 on a small tablet is just a bad solution

            Which is why Apple spent a mind-boggling amount of money on a whole new processor. The iPad wasn't just cobbled together from off-the-shelf parts, so don't hold your breath waiting for a comparable Android device. By the time anything like it appears, Apple will readying their next-generation chip. Having their own silicon inside makes the Ipad a very different beast from the Mac or the iPhone ... does Intel even have a competitor on the drawing boards?
            jpdemers@...
          • Well, not to take anything away from Apple's A4, but, there are other Arm

            system on a chip designs from Freescale, Nvidia, TI, Qualcomm, . . .

            There are other Arm system on a chips designs that are as good as A4.

            Obvious Atom with Win7 is a non-starter.
            DonnieBoy
          • Yes?

            It had a fan, so what? The HP Slate has breathing holes too, but it never got too hot.
            The one and only, Cylon Centurion
          • The HP slate will have less than half the battery life of the iPad, and,

            the extra heat will most likely be very noticible. Top it off that the Win7 interface will suck compared to the iPad and Android devices.
            DonnieBoy
          • Not really.

            Again, why does everyone think the UI sucks for touch? Try it out before you comment:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBtEhQqS1dw
            The one and only, Cylon Centurion
          • Battery Life is critical in Mobile

            If a person is to make heavy use (e.g., Student, Lawyer, Real Estate, Medical, etc.) going the day without needing to be teathered to power or replace a battery (and recharge another) is critical.
            richpm@...
          • Look at those tiny UI elemens...

            menu items, toolbar. buttons etc.. when you're trying to do real work it's going
            to be royal pain to really use that GUI.. notice how menus and tool bar buttons
            are avoided like the plague? this video show quite well ho bad I will be on win7
            just look at the stuff the guy is avoiding doing.
            doctorSpoc
          • Because almost all Windows 7 apps are poor with touch

            Try them. Most are all really really bad.
            Bruizer
          • Most people do not have...

            the time or inclination to spend 10 hours on a computing device. But I'm sure I will be proven wrong.
            eargasm
          • @Spoc

            Again, don't knock it before you have tried it.

            Menus and toolbar buttons are not a problem. The Windows 7 UI doesn't include those by default, and quite honestly, you could see the user easily navigate jumplists which are the same thing really.

            He didn't seem to be having too much "pain" at all. And quite honestly, UI elements can be scaled up if need be. That was also shown in the video. But I don't expect an "expert" like you to know that.
            The one and only, Cylon Centurion
          • Ah.. the aroma of freshly dumped FUD....

            [b]Does your netbook have a fan? Does it get fairly warm? Atom and W7 on a small tablet is just a bad solution, unless you have to have Windows compatibility, and most tablet users probably will not.

            You will not be able to design an Atom/W7 based tablet with the size, weight and battery life of the iPad. [/b]

            1.) Isn't this the SAME Atom chip found in SEVERAL other netpads? If what you're saying is true, then wouldn't we be hearing about all these nasty heating issues...? Maybe someone getting scalded and suing the maker for every penny he/she can get?

            2.) I suggest you go back to the story, and open the graphic link in a new tab and enlarge it until you can read it. You'll find that the HP Slate is close to the size AND weight to the iPad. In fact, it's slightly LIGHTER than the plain Wi-Fi model.

            The Slate checks in at 9.21 x 5.7 x .57" while the iPad checks in at 9.5 x 7.47 x .5". The Slate weighs in at 1.49 lbs vs the iPad at 1.5 lbs for the plain Wi-Fi version and 1.68 lbs for the 3G version.

            That would make the Slate about 1 3/4" narrower, about the same width and about the same thickness.

            The ONLY thing the iPad has is battery life. Eh.

            On the other hand... Given the Slate has all those ports built in, and is running Windows 7, it's already far ahead of the iPad 1.0. You DO realize the SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader gives it a pretty much unlimited amount of storage. I see those features outweighing the battery life issue by far.
            Wolfie2K3
          • FUD indeed

            "I see those features outweighing the battery life issue by far."

            It does not make one iota of difference what you "see." It only matters
            that the market "sees."

            Care to venture which one sells better?
            SpiritusInMachina
          • Medical vertical market

            This is going to be huge in the medical vertical market unlike the iPad. Since this has USB and Windows 7, it will work out of the box with software like Epic - http://www.epic.com/ which is used in most of the hospitals in the US. With the ability to capture a signature and make handwritten notes, these will sell like crazy, just wait and see.
            josh@...
          • iPad has 18.7% or 28% larger Screen

            The <b>sq inches of the iPad is 18.7% larger than HP Slate </b>(assuming same screen aspect ratio). This is a big deal for two devices with similar exterior sizes.


            <b>In terms of pixels, iPad has 28% more</b> than slate - so there is more room for apps and a better image for video and photos.
            richpm@...
          • I will take useabillity and battery over ports anyday

            The ipad has battery AND a touch based environment for all applications.
            Trumps the slate hands down.
            Bruizer
          • MIDs

            Economister:
            You should look into a number of MIDs coming out of Asia. While they
            have not taken off elsewhere, they are a very popular niche there. And
            they can be had for under $250. Look for either the Archos models, or
            the rather nice looking SmartQ Q7. For a bargain, try the older Q5. eBay
            deal abound.
            SpiritusInMachina