HP Slate 500 Windows 7 Tablet Officially Released to take on the Apple iPad: Specs, Features, Price & Availability Detailed

October 22, 2010, By Shawn Wagnon

The HP Slate 500 has been officially released. No, we aren’t kidding one bit, the official release of the Windows 7 Tablet from HP did happen. So why was there not a huge event and a great deal of hype around it? Something similar to what Apple manages to do, by stirring up everyone and everything attached? Good question indeed and a question HP should seriously think about.

HP announced both Palm Pre 2 and the HP Slate 500 Tablet this week and both happened as if they were some small minor side-shows in the larger gala. No matter what you feel about Apple, if others continue marketing in competitive business in this fashion then they can kiss their chances goodbye even before the gadget hits the shelves. Now, with that rant out of the way, here is what the HP Slate 500 Windows 7 Tablet will have to offer:

  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • 8.9-inch capacitive multi-touch display
  • 1,024 x 600 resolution
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • 3-megapixel camera on the back with video capture
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor
  • 2GH of RAM
  • 64GB SSD
  • Broadcom Cyrstal HD accelerator
  • 1080p video
  • HDMI port
  • Windows Phone 7

What will all that cost you? The price tag attached with the HP Slate 500 is a good $799. That is more than both the iPad and the Galaxy Tab. HP will say that the price includes dock and case, but there will be many out there who will just look at the price and think that HP is overcharging.

The major issue for HP will be the additional features that it can offer. They cannot match Apple and their apps for the iPad. That is almost certain. Even Samsung is giving plenty of exclusive and useful stuff to its Galaxy Tab users. So what can HP offer in competition? That could make or break the Slate 500. If HP seriously wishes to take on iPad and Galaxy Tab then it needs to step up both in the features and marketing section big time. Otherwise this is a lost cause.

For those interested the HP Slate 500, it could be available by the time holidays are around, but there is no word from HP’s side on that yet. So for availability, Stay tuned…

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