HP has finally announced HP Slate 500 Tablet officially. So, if you don’t mind that it is meant for business usage, you should be able to get it at US$799. BTW, the HP official information states that now it is offering HP Slate 500 in US only.
One of the surprises that packed into this slate is incorporating Wacom active digitizer for taking notes. I guess this will be good. Other than this, the usual specs (that have been leaked out) are there:
- 8.9-inch capacitive touch
- 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor
- Windows 7 Professional
- 2GB of RAM
- 64GB SSD
- Broadcom’s Crystal HD accelerator for handling 1080p video
- Dock included with HDMI-out port
- Front facing VGA cam and 3 megapixel camera on the back
- Wacom active digitizer
Press Release from HP
The new HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is designed specifically for business, enterprise and vertical customers looking for the mobility of a tablet, the familiarity of Microsoft Windows 7 and the ability to run custom or corporate applications.
With a starting weight of only 1.5 lb (0.68 kg), the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC sets a new standard for mobile productivity with a an ultra-thin, sleek form-factor that enables businesses such as retail, healthcare, insurance, education and hospitality to be more intuitive and work efficiently while on the go. The ability to easily incorporate custom business applications differentiates this product and ultimately enhances the user experience and saves time for HP’s business and enterprise customers.
The 8.9-inch capacitive multi-touch display of the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC allows users to navigate on the screen with the touch of a finger or with the HP Slate Digital Pen and Evernote® software to handwrite e-mail messages and take notes easily.
The integrated VGA webcam on the front of the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC enables video conferencing, while the 3MP camera on the back can be used for still-image and video capture. With Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTM WLAN, users can send and receive e-mails or access the internet at work, at home, and favorite hotspots.
The HP Slate 500 Tablet PC will be available first in the U.S. and then evaluated for further market expansion.
Pricing for the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is $799, and includes the HP Slate Digital Pen, HP Slate Dock, and HP Slate Portfolio.
To learn more about the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC and ways it will enable mobile professionals to increase efficiency, please visit: www.hp.com/go/slate/
Watch a short video of Engadget’s hand-on on the HP Slate 500.