The HP Slate was an idea Hewlett Packard was toying with back in January but never materialized into anything….until now. Hewlett Packard is finally unveiling their addition to the tablet PC market with the HP Slate 500. The HP Slate 500 is powered by Windows 7, has a 8.9-inch screen and will give Apple’s iPad a run for its money–sort of.
The release date is still fuzzy but Hewlett Packard assures the public that the HP Slate 500 will hit U.S shelves first in early 2011. Unlike the iPad which was geared at consumers, the HP Slate 500 is aimed at business users. It boasts a “1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor with 2GB of RAM. It also handles 1080p video and comes with a docking stand and a Wacom stylus for note-taking,” says Metro. Oh, did I mention the HP Slate 500 doesn’t have 3G connectivity?
Sound good? Not so fast. The price point isn’t exactly cheap. At $799, the HP Slate 500 isn’t for everyone. For consumers who can’t really afford that, HP says they plan to launch a series of consumer tablets in 2011. Also in the works are Windows-powered tablet PC’s from Acer, Toshiba and Dell.
So what do you think of tablet PC’s? Do you have one? They’ve been used on shows like Project Runway and The Good Wife and seem pretty useful, but then again, maybe they’re just a new fad.