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HP Accidentally Posts Windows 7 Slate on Website

Today, we finally have confirmation from HP as to just what's going on with the Windows 7 Slate PC first showed off by Steve Ballmer at CES 2010. PC World yesterday spotted a product called the HP Slate 500 on the Hewlett Packard website. Seen here, thanks to the wonders of Google Cache, the Slate is described as an "all you need" device that lets you browse the web, watch videos, look at photos, or "capture life as it happens" with either one of the Slate's two cameras (photo and video).

Full description below:

No matter where you are or what kind of fun you’re in the mood for, the HP Slate 500 is all you need. Exclusive HP software gives you access to photos, videos and everything on the Internet with just a touch, while Windows® 7 Premium gives you the power to do what you want. The unique design and 22.6 cm (8.9") screen put the full Internet in your hands, while two cameras (video and still) let you capture life as it happens or participate in web conferencing. Adjust the screen orientation to fit your content and use the pen to write or draw as if on a piece of paper. Whatever you want to do, the HP Slate 500 helps you do it – and makes it more fun too.

Obviously, given previous rumors, this listing sparked quite a bit of discussion. Responding to questions about the HP Slate and whether or not it was still alive, HP this morning confirmed that the device is still on the road to production. Engadget cites a HP representative as saying the Slate is "in customer evaluations now" and HP "will make a determination soon on the next steps."

  • xerroz
    I want one! NOW
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  • atdhe
    Accidentally? Really? ;)
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  • dokiardo
    That tells us very little. Most every company is likely working on a tablet now. Put some specs in there, that'll be news =)
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  • edilee
    It's funny when a company that has produced junk PCs says they aren't happy with Win7 which was a near perfect OS at launch. Maybe they just can't make a decent product that can run it? They should have stuck with printers since it is the only thing they are good at.
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  • naterandrews
    I think that in offeing the choice over two different slates, HP will be able to catch whichever trend catches on first- Webos or Win 7 (though personally I'm rooting for WebOS to be a serious challenger to the iPad, as I'm writing this from my iPad)
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  • USB port and I'm sold on it.
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  • AndrewMD
    The problem is that the iPad is the equivalent of a Windows CE device with a nicer user interface. Windows CE is an instant on system with internet connectivity and apps... Windows 7 is a full blown OS that cannot do instant on natively..

    Microsoft should really work on a Tablet OS that is not based on Windows.
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  • Regulas
    AndrewMDThe problem is that the iPad is the equivalent of a Windows CE device with a nicer user interface. Windows CE is an instant on system with internet connectivity and apps... Windows 7 is a full blown OS that cannot do instant on natively.. Microsoft should really work on a Tablet OS that is not based on Windows.The Windows CE platform is not even close to the grace of the iPad. If Windows CE was so great why is it basically dead. The motion sensor control built into Apples iPod, Iphone and now the iPad is just one cool features OS X light does for these devices.
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  • insightdriver
    regulas, you did not read for comprehension. It was a comparison that AndrewMD made to the "instant-on" feature that is nearly required in a slate type product. It had nothing to do with the merits of Window CE as an OS. He was simply saying that Winows 7 can't be an instant-on OS by design (and Windows CE was).
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  • Regulas
    My bad, I agree.
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