Hewlett-Packard have recently started to leak information about their new tablet computer, a possible new rival for the Apple iPad, for ebook readers.
Information about the HP Slate started to spread this week, in a hope that it would benefit from the buzz surrounding the recent launch of the Apple iPad last weekend, according to Computerworld.
What We Know About HP Slate
A glimpse of the HP Slate was first given earlier on in the year at the CES trade show. Since then, a few videos have been posted on Youtube, and certain titbits have been released through the official blog.
The most recent facts to come to light include information about the price: $549 for the base version, a 32GB model, and a 64GB version costing $599. This easily beats the Apple iPad’s 32GB model which sells for $600.
How Does It Really Rival the iPad?
From what we know, it seems like the Slate will have a number of advantages over the iPad:
- Graphics for 1080p playback,
- USB 2.0 port,
- VGA webcam and 3.0 megapixel camera,
- SIM card tray,
- Pen/ digitizer support,
- SD card reader.
On top of this, it also weighs roughly the same as the iPad, and has a good widescreen display.
However, the Slate still has some disadvantages: just five hours battery life compared to iPad’s 10, and the fact that in runs Windows 7.
In fact, the hardware is all there to suggest that it will be a fantastic device. Where it falls short is the fact that it just doesn’t have the software that Apple boasts – the Apps, the operating system. For now, it seems that Apple could maintain its dominance on that basis alone.