The guys over at Engadget have managed to get their hands on an internal HP presentation which compares the new HP Slate tablet to Apple’s iPad. The presentation has details on the full specifications of the HP Slate as well as pricing detail.
The HP Slate will come with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Menlow Z530 processor, and graphics will be provided by an Intel UMA chip, which is capable of playing back Full HD video in 1080p, plus there is an 8.9 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.
Other specifications include a choice of 32GB or 64GB of flash storage, plus 1GB of DDR2 RAM which isn’t upgradeable. The Slate will run Windows 7 home premium with a customized HP UI.
Ports wise the HP Slate will come with an SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader that can take cards of up to 128GB, there is also a 3.5mm heaphone jack, a USB 2.0 port for syncing to you PC and charging, plus it looks like there is HDMI out and a SIM card tray for optional WWAN.
The HP Slate will measure 150mm by 234mm by 14.7mm and it will weigh in at 0.67kg. There is also a two cell 30WHr polymer battery which is good for up to five hours of usage, and the battery isn’t replaceable.
The HP Slate will retail for $549 for the 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB model. The specifications certainly do sound interesting, it is basically a full netbook in a tablet.
It will be interesting to see how well Windows 7 works on the tablet, and what HP’s custom user interface is like. If HP can get the software part right, this may be the tablet to challenge the new Apple iPad.
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