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HP's Slate Spec'ed, Launching June for €400/$546

By - Source: Tom's Hardware UK | B 42 comments

Up until now there's been very little information available about the HP Slate. The company announced it at CES but specs, a price and a release date were kept under wraps. We knew we'd see it this year sometime, but we didn't know when.

Today Spanish Website Clipset reports that the device will launch this coming June, with a price tag of €400. Though this translates to $546, Engadget suggests that HP won't do a direct currency conversion when it comes to pricing.

Clipset claims to have word straight from HP on this one and goes on to detail some of the device's specs. If the site's sources are to be believed, the Slate will pack Intel's Atom processor, USB connectivity, a memory card reader, a rear-mounted integrated webcam and Windows 7. Perhaps most notable is the presence of Flash support, something the iPad does not have.

While the launch is set for June, European retail availability is set for "before September." No word on whether the Android version of the device will be any cheaper or if it will launch at the same time.

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    HalJordan , March 19, 2010 2:40 PM
    sandmanwnQuite easy really, they realized that tablet PC's have been around for a decade and they had a dozen designs laying around.So they took one of those designs, removed the hinge, and then permanently mounted the screen to the second half and ta-da iPad competitor...


    No, no, no...the iPad runs on magic...it is different. It did not exist until Jobs "thought" it into existence. I wish companies would stop copying his ideas.
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    endif , March 19, 2010 2:30 PM
    Wow its like an iPad.... but good.
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    failboat , March 19, 2010 2:35 PM
    Basically a pricey netbook with a touch screen and no physical keyboard. Still beats the iFail.. I mean iPad.
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    endif , March 19, 2010 2:30 PM
    Wow its like an iPad.... but good.
  • 20 Hide
    failboat , March 19, 2010 2:35 PM
    Basically a pricey netbook with a touch screen and no physical keyboard. Still beats the iFail.. I mean iPad.
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    sandmanwn , March 19, 2010 2:37 PM
    haljordanI don't understand, how did HP get their hands on an iPad early enough to reverse engineer it so they could fabricate this clone?

    Quite easy really, they realized that tablet PC's have been around for a decade and they had a dozen designs laying around.

    So they took one of those designs, removed the hinge, and then permanently mounted the screen to the second half and ta-da iPad competitor...
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    HalJordan , March 19, 2010 2:40 PM
    sandmanwnQuite easy really, they realized that tablet PC's have been around for a decade and they had a dozen designs laying around.So they took one of those designs, removed the hinge, and then permanently mounted the screen to the second half and ta-da iPad competitor...


    No, no, no...the iPad runs on magic...it is different. It did not exist until Jobs "thought" it into existence. I wish companies would stop copying his ideas.
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    bustapr , March 19, 2010 2:40 PM
    I believe this was announced before the iPad. But I thought they said it would be cheaper than the iPad as in less than $500. But I guess its worth it with Win7. I wouldve liked an ULV CPU on this slate as the battery life would be extended, buit the Atom's OK considering the uses for this tablet.I was planning to get a kindle, but if the price drops lower I'll definitely consider buying this.
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    bustapr , March 19, 2010 2:49 PM
    failboatBasically a pricey netbook with a touch screen and no physical keyboard. Still beats the iFail.. I mean iPad.

    I agree that some people can look at it that way, but u have to consider the fact that one of the main purposes of these tablet PCs are ereading. This is easily a giant ereader, Amazon's 10inch kindle cost $489, and it onl;y has long battery life and a good screen. This has alot of value, for book readers, artists, and people who simply like things lite and useful.
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    jgiron , March 19, 2010 2:57 PM
    I bet this will sell more that the iPad,
    on the other had Mac might have more lemmings than previously thought.
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    sinless , March 19, 2010 3:01 PM
    jgironI bet this will sell more that the iPad,on the other had Mac might have more lemmings than previously thought.


    I doubt it. Slate PCs running Windows might or might not sell more than the iPad, but I'll be boiled in oil before I give certain companies (like HP and Acer) my money.
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    coonday , March 19, 2010 3:02 PM
    I'm still waiting to see how the Notion Ink Adam turns out.
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    smeker , March 19, 2010 3:03 PM
    They changed it.. It was suppose to have a core duo cpu, instead they included an Atom cpui so they can keep the prices down.
    So what do you get when you put an Atom CPU with Full fledged Win 7 OS = a slow responding PC with choppy movie playback...

    Great Job HP!
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    dman3k , March 19, 2010 3:04 PM
    When did this tablet from Apple become the device we compare all tablets to?

    The last time I checked, tablets and keyboardless tablets have existed for years.

    P.S. Haljordan, I'm sure Apple invented the portable music players too!
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    HalJordan , March 19, 2010 3:07 PM
    dman3kWhen did this tablet from Apple become the device we compare all tablets to?The last time I checked, tablets and keyboardless tablets have existed for years.P.S. Haljordan, I'm sure Apple invented the portable music players too!


    Of course, before the iPod we couldn't listen to music anywhere save for at home on the Hi-Fi, or on the radio in our cars. We were forced to go about humming our favorite songs when we were on the go!
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    deadlockedworld , March 19, 2010 3:16 PM
    endifWow its like an iPad.... but good.


    Except its from HP so it will break down after 4 mo.
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    insider3 , March 19, 2010 3:19 PM
    This looks like it might sell.. Even with that price tag
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    Abrahm , March 19, 2010 3:21 PM
    The back mounted camera is an interesting design choice. I would have thought they would have put front mount for video chatting.

    This still looks way better than the iPad, it's too bad it won't get nearly the press coverage. Of course if this exact same device was branded as an Apple product it would get tons of press and be declared the greatest device ever.
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    thlillyr , March 19, 2010 3:38 PM
    haljordanNo, no, no...the iPad runs on magic...it is different. It did not exist until Jobs "thought" it into existence. I wish companies would stop copying his ideas.


    Actualy I heard it form a guy who heard it from a toad who heard it from a fairy who heard it from a 3 legged fish that steve jobs get his ideas from the fairy godmother who he has locked in his basment.
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    tsnorquist , March 19, 2010 3:43 PM
    Only things I'd change would be a better proc and pressure sensitive screen (Intuos Pad) - that thing would be awesome for artist or photobug.

    I'll have to see one in person to judge its usefulness over my netbook. I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around touch typing on these tablets.
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    drip50291 , March 19, 2010 3:46 PM
    All of these comments are nice. I agree that the duo to atom is BU**S*IT but... FLASH IS GONNA DOMINATE STEVE JOB'S FACE. I f***ing hate that little piece of sh*t for not putting flash on iPhones. And as for ereading... lame but yea a good majority of this market will look to buy pad devices to get they read on, but functionality wise, the HP slate is a computer, the iPad is a silly device
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    drip50291 , March 19, 2010 3:49 PM
    thlillyrActualy I heard it form a guy who heard it from a toad who heard it from a fairy who heard it from a 3 legged fish that steve jobs get his ideas from the fairy godmother who he has locked in his basment.

    LOL
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