For those of you who’re not buying into Apple’s iPad and are looking for a “real tablet”, there’s the HP Slate. We’ve seen it on video, learned that it will be better priced compared to the iPad and found out a bit of what’s under the hood, but guys, if our sources are right we now managed to get our hands on the full specs, prices and may have a hint for a release date.
A leaked internal HP Slate presentation shows the Windows 7 tablet going head to head with the iPad. It also shows that the device starts at $549 and in its base configuration it features an 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multitouch display (WSVGA 1,024 x 600 pixels), runs on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Menlow Z530 CPU with UMA graphics and an accelerator for 1080p video playback.
Other specs include a 32GB flash drive, 1GB of non-upgradeable RAM (bummer), a 2-cell 30WHr polymer capable of more than 5 hours of life, an SDHC slot for extra storage, a front-facing VGA and a 3-megapixel webcam, an USB port, a SIM card slot for the optional 3G modem, audio and HDMI out to connect it to your HDTV or HD monitor.
On top of that it comes with a dock connector for power, has a smooth Windows 7 Home Premium OS with HP’s touch-optimize UI, and the already standard 802.11b/g (no “n” like the iPad) and Bluetooth connectivity.
Another HP Slate with 64GB of storage space will be available, with pricing set at $599.
As for a release date, we’re hearing that the HP Slate will be in stores by June.